Washington hires Arizona’s Jedd Fisch as next head coach

Jedd Fisch

Washington has hired Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch to fulfill the same role, it announced Sunday.

Fisch arrives to the Huskies program after former head coach Kalen DeBoer took the opening at Alabama in wake of Nick Saban’s retirement.

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“It is truly an honor to join The University of Washington and do my part in carrying on the tradition of a storied football program and world-class university,” Fisch stated in a release. “The unbelievable success of the Huskies the last two seasons demonstrates what UW is capable of and I cannot wait to compete for Big Ten and national championships with tremendous young men and an outstanding coaching staff that we will assemble. I am grateful to President (Ana Marie) Cauce and to Troy Dannen for their confidence in me and I’m thrilled to be a Husky. Our work has already begun.”

Fisch spent the past three seasons as head coach of the Wildcats team. He joined Arizona after stints in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams in 2018-19 and New England Patriots in 2020.

Fisch was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year and Dodd Trophy after last season. He led the Wildcats to a 10-3 season, including an Alamo Bowl victory, for the first time since 2014 marking a stark change since going 1-11 in 2021.

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Arizona’s 2021-23 improvement of nine wins is the largest margin over a span of three seasons in program history.

“In seeking a new head coach, we wanted to move quickly but thoroughly and sought out a coach who would build on our foundation, bring energy to the program, has a track record of success, is an elite recruiter and was someone who young men wanted to play for,” Washington athletics director Troy Dannen stated in a release. “We found all of those characteristics and more in Jedd Fisch. It became clear through our conversations that he shares our values and our vision for UW Football, and he is the right coach at the right time as we transition to the Big Ten Conference. On behalf of the Husky Family, I want to welcome Jedd, Amber, Zaylee, Ashlee and Kendall to Seattle, and I cannot wait to see what comes next.”