Washington Finds Its New QB Guru: Jedd Fisch Hired as Head Coach!

Washington Finds Its New QB Guru: Jedd Fisch Hired as Head Coach!

Jedd Fisch has officially been named the new head football coach at Washington, as announced by the university on Sunday. Following a second interview with athletic director Troy Dannen, Fisch emerged as the top choice, standing out as the sole candidate to progress to a second interview after initial discussions following Kalen DeBoer‘s move to Alabama.

Sources disclosed that Arizona held meetings following Fisch’s decision, with a staff meeting at 6 p.m. ET and a team meeting at 6:30 p.m. ET, during which Fisch revealed his departure to Washington. After concluding his business in Arizona, Fisch and his family made their way to Washington, meeting with the Huskies around 11:30 p.m. ET. Prior to boarding the plane in Arizona, Fisch recorded a video, shared on Washington’s social media, expressing excitement about pursuing the championship aspirations.

Fisch’s commitment to Washington includes a seven-year contract, averaging $7.75 million annually, according to sources, aligning with reports from The Athletic. The official announcement from the university came at 7:20 p.m. ET via social media. Washington’s buyout to secure Fisch from Arizona is set at $5.5 million, considerably less than the $12 million received from DeBoer’s departure to Alabama.

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Despite Arizona’s efforts to retain Fisch, the coach’s decision to move forward in his career was acknowledged by Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke. He emphasized the positive trajectory of Arizona Football and expressed confidence in finding a new leader through a national search.

Fisch’s selection was influenced by various factors, sources reported. His prior experience in the Big Ten, serving as Michigan’s offensive coordinator in 2015 and 2016, stood out. Additionally, his history as the quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks under Pete Carroll in 2010, and his extensive roles in both college and professional football, including offensive coordinator positions with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars, added to his appeal.

The coach’s recent success was highlighted, with Arizona finishing the season on a seven-game winning streak, achieving a 10-3 record and a convincing victory over No. 12 Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl. Quarterback Noah Fifita and wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan, two emerging talents under Fisch, will be closely monitored following his departure.

Washington’s decision was also influenced by Fisch’s strong recruiting abilities and his familiarity with West Coast recruiting dynamics, marking a strategic move for the program.

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