In a press release published at, University of Washington Head Football Coach Chris Petersen announced he will step down to "recharge".

Defensive Coordinator Jimmy Lake will take over the Huskies program while Petersen transitions into an advisory role for the school's athletic program.

From the press release, here is Coach Pete's statement announcing his decision:

"It has been a privilege and a professional dream fulfilled to be part of this world-class institution," Petersen said. "I will forever be grateful, honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to coach our fine young men on Montlake for these past six seasons. I thank each of them, as well as our coaches and administrative staff for the incredible commitment they've made to Husky football during my tenure. The football program and Husky Athletics across the board will continue to prosper – and do it the right way – with Jen Cohen's leadership and the University administration's commitment to excellence. I'll be a Husky for life, but now is the right time for me to step away from my head coaching duties, and recharge."

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