Washington takes another coach from Cal

Washington takes another coach from Cal

Published Jan. 18, 2012 12:00 a.m. ET

Washington plucked another coach from the staff at California, making Eric Kiesau the Huskies' new offensive coordinator on Wednesday to complete the makeover of Washington's coaching staff.

Kiesau is the second coach to depart from Berkeley for Seattle in the past few days, joining new Washington defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi.

''Eric is a great fit for our football program,'' Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement. ''I've been following his career for a number of years. He comes from a similar offensive system as what we already run here at Washington and brings a wealth of knowledge in it.''

By coming to Washington, Kiesau will get a second opportunity at being an offensive coordinator. He previously was offensive coordinator for two seasons at Colorado under then-Buffaloes coach Dan Hawkins. Kiesau spent five seasons in Boulder, the first three as receivers coach. He returned last season to California as receivers coach and passing game coordinator for the Golden Bears. Kiesau worked four seasons at Cal before leaving for Colorado.


Kiesau replaces Doug Nussmeier, who took the same position at Alabama after serving as the Huskies' offensive coordinator for the past three seasons.

Washington also added new titles for some of its coaches from last season. Johnny Nansen is now assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator. Jimmie Dougherty has added the title of passing game coordinator to his wide receivers coach duties and running backs coach Joel Thomas has the added title of associate head coach/offense.