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Former UW coach Jim Lambright on Chris Petersen

Post by Christian Caple on Dec. 6, 2013 at 8:24 pm with No Comments »
December 6, 2013 8:24 pm

Spoke with former Washington coach Jim Lambright earlier today to get his thoughts on the hire of Chris Petersen to replace Steve Sarkisian.

Not surprisingly, Lambright called him a “great hire.”

“It’s hard to beat a guy that wins 90 percent of his games, holy criminy,” Lambright said. “Chris has always intrigued me with what he’s done and the way he’s won, and I think he’s a wonderful choice and even more makes me believe he loves being here in the Northwest.”

Here’s some more from Lambright …

(Do you know him at all?) “I know him only, ‘Hi, how are you,’ and he was down at Oregon when I was at Washington, so I don’t know him well. We’ve just bumped into each other, that sort of thing. I have a deep appreciation for what he’s done. … He was the enemy for a time there,but I did recognize immediately (as a good coach) with all his success at Boise State.”

(What excites you most about it?) “Number one, he has a great familiarity with the recruiting here, with the names of the key coaches, the high school coaches, the recruiting in California, Idaho, Montana, Canada, all of the surrounding prime areas where if there’s going to be a recruit, he’s had some experience.”

(There might be questions about whether he can do it at this level …) “I remember us playing in a bowl game back (last year). That should answer any of our alumni questions as far as his coaching capability goes.”

(What do you think of his coaching style?) “The thing that I like about him is that his coaching style, number one he’s a good recruiter, so right away that’s at the top of the list. 2, he’s innovative, he’s a guy that’s out originating these throw the ball around forever and see if you can slip somebody out here and there. He comes up with great ways of taking advantage of weaknesses or seeing if a defense has given weaknesses that he can surprise you with. He’s very inventive, very up front … fundamental enough to win. You’re not unsound when you’re winning 90 percent of your games.”

(Surprised he left Boise?) “I didn’t know whether he was ever going to leave Boise. With his success there, that would have been the best thing for them. … What the UW offered him I think is a bigger piece of what he loves about Boise, that hey, this is the Northwest, this is different, and this has just taken a step in the right direction for him as far as success in his profession, but also, ‘I can go fishing, I can enjoy the climate that, kind of, I had in Boise, and all the surroundings that are still relatively the same.’ It’s very, very similar, I feel.”

(Does it eliminate the uncertainty over the program’s direction after Sarkisian’s departure?) “I think it totally does, and it makes us a step forward with his familiarity with the area, and with him fitting in the way he’ll fit.”

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