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The irony is not lost on Jimmy Lake. In 2004, the 27-year old cornerbacks coach at Eastern Washington decided to take the same job at the University of Washington. The Huskies were 6-6 the year before, but weren't expected to do well the next season. People around Lake were telling him to not take the gig because it was probably going to only be for a year. He had spent the previous four years with his alma mater, and was making headway in the coaching ranks. But he wanted the challenge.
2004 happened as everyone thought it would. The program fell off a cliff, winning only one game. And the football staff, led by Keith Gilbertson, was blown out. But Lake never regretted making the move. In fact, it taught him lessons and helped him form coaching friendships he leans on to this day.
As poorly as 2004 went, I think if you told Lake then that in 2019 he'd be named the head coach at Washington, he would have believed you. That's just the confidence and swagger Lake brings to the position. He talked about that Tuesday morning when he met with the media after being introduced as the 19th head football coach at UW.
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