Jimmy Lake

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Jimmy Lake
Current position
TitleDefensive Coordinator
Biographical details
Born (1976-12-17) December 17, 1976 (age 42)
Walnut Creek, California, U.S.
Playing career
1995–1998Eastern Washington
Position(s)Strong safety
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1999Eastern Washington (GA)
2000–2003Eastern Washington (DB)
2004Washington (DB)
2005Montana State (DB)
2006–2007Tampa Bay Buccaneers (assistant DB)
2008Detroit Lions (DB)
2010–2011Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DB)
2012–2013Boise State (DB/PGC)
2014–2015Washington (DB)
2016–2017Washington (co-DC/DB)
2018–2019Washington (DC)
Accomplishments and honors
Team Captain (1998)
Honorable-mention All-Big Sky (1998)
Academic All-Big Sky (1995)

Jimmy Lake (born December 17, 1976) is an American football coach. He is the current defensive coordinator and head coach in waiting of the Washington Huskies, after being named the successor to Chris Petersen on December 2, 2019.[1] He has coached at both the National Football League (NFL) and college football levels, primarily overseeing defensive backs.

Early years[edit]

A military brat, Lake was born in Walnut Creek, California; his father served in the U.S. Air Force and the family lived in various locations, including overseas tours in Turkey and the Philippines. He attended North Central High School in Spokane, Washington, was a three-sport letterman for the Indians (football, basketball, and baseball), and was recognized as a scholar-athlete.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Lake played college football for Eastern Washington University in nearby Cheney as a strong safety from 1995 to 1998, where he was an honorable-mention All-Big Sky recipient, team captain, and named to the All-Big Sky Conference Academic Team.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Lake joined the Washington Huskies staff in 2014 under head coach Chris Petersen as defensive backs coach; it was his second stint at the school after serving one year under Keith Gilbertson in 2004. In 2016, he was promoted to co-defensive coordinator. On December 2, 2019, Petersen announced he would step down as Washington head coach at season's end, with Lake as his successor.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Petersen To Step Down, Lake Named New Huskies' Head Coach". GoHuskies.com. Washington Huskies Athletics. December 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Cream of the scholar-athlete crop honored". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). June 1, 1995. p. C4.
  3. ^ "2017 EWU Football Fact Book". goeags.com/.

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