Fresno State Football: Kalen DeBoer To Be Named Head Coach At Washington, Per Reports
After leading the Fresno State Bulldogs for the past two years, Kalen DeBoer will be hired by the Washington Huskies as its new head coach.
The ‘Dogs are in need of a new leader.
After days of speculation, Fresno State football head coach Kalen DeBoer will become the head coach of the Washington Huskies, according to reports.
Introducing the new head coach of @UW_Football.
— Washington Athletics (@UWAthletics) November 29, 2021
In news first broken by Matt Zenitz of On3 Sports, DeBoer’s reported move to the Pacific Northwest isn’t a huge surprise after the Bulldogs posted a 9-3 record in 2021 and a 12-6 overall record in his two years at the helm. For the moment, the team is awaiting its bowl destination while also beginning the search for a new head coach.
According to the Seattle Times, both Jeff Tedford and Chris Petersen “heavily endorsed DeBoer” throughout Washington’s coaching search.
— Andrew Marden (@andrewmarden) November 29, 2021
DeBoer’s two stints in Fresno were, by and large, very successful ones. He first arrived in the Central Valley from Eastern Michigan, where he served as offensive coordinator from 2014 to 2016. In that final year, he helped cement the revival of an Eagles program that played in its first bowl game since 1987.
In two years as Fresno State’s offensive coordinator, 2017 and 2018, DeBoer played a critical role in engineering one of college football’s biggest turnarounds ever. Under then-head coach Jeff Tedford, DeBoer’s unit jumped from 127th by offensive SP+ in 2016 to 106th and then 37th, leading the way to a program-record 12 wins and a top-20 finish in the polls by the end of 2018.
DeBoer then spent the 2019 season at Indiana working under Tom Allen, where the Hoosiers enjoyed one of their best seasons ever and DeBoer improved the offense from 55th by SP+ to 22nd. After Tedford stepped away from coaching due to health concerns at the end of that year, DeBoer returned to Fresno and shepherded the Bulldogs through the strangeness of the 2020 season to a 3-3 record.
Now the program treads into unfamiliar territory, replacing a head coach who has chosen to move on to greener pastures after 40 years which have largely been defined by stability at the head coaching position.