Secondary Coach Leaves For UH

For the second straight off-season, Texas State has lost a key member of the Defensive Coaching Staff. We have the latest on who, what, where and why?

On Tuesday evening, multiple outlets reported that Secondary Coach Jason Washington accepted an offer to join Tom Herman's staff at the University of Houston. Wednesday afternoon, Bobcatillustrated was able to confirm with a direct source that Coach Washington would be reuniting with his old colleague. The University of Houston is in the middle of bowl preparation, so no official announcement has not been made.

Herman and Washington have a relationship from their time of being on the same staffs at both Texas State and Rice, from 2005-2008. There were no specific details released on his new deal with Houston, or a specific position revealed, except that he will be a part of the defensive staff and is receiving a significant increase in salary. He is leaving Texas State after two separate stints that totaled 7 years with the Bobcats.

Former Texas State DC Craig Naivar, who left the Bobcats after the 2013 season for Kentucky, will also reunite with them in Houston. All three coaches were together on the sidelines during that time span in between TXST and Rice. It's obvious that the current Broyle's award winner is assembling a staff that is familiar to him and has deep recruiting ties in the Lone Star State.

Losing Coach Washington is a tough blow for the Bobcats. Throughout the industry he is seen as an up and coming defensive mind. He was not only a talented motivator and teacher, but a strong recruiter with deep ties in Central and South Texas, landing four of the most talented commitments for the 2015 class. L.G. Williams, Justin Gamble, Myles Cheatum, and Bralon Hutchison are rated as some of the higher prospects, and all were recruited by him.

On the field, Coach Washington's impact was undeniable. He had a big hand in mentoring and turning former TXST cornerback Darryl Morris into an NFL caliber talent, as well as helping departing senior and All-Conference performer Craig Mager become a possible NFL draft pick. For the 2014 season, his first as the Secondary Coach overseeing all the DB's, Texas State was second in the Sun Belt Conference with thirteen interceptions. Every single pick was made by a defensive back. He has laid a solid foundation of DB talent for the 'Cats with returning All Conference performer David Mims (Sr.) at corner and Germod Williams (Jr.) at safety. Between the two, the pair had 9 picks this past season.

Texas State will immediately begin to search for a replacement to coach the secondary, no timetable has been given as to when to expect an announced hire. Defensive Coordinator John Thompson did aid in Coaching the Safeties this fall along with his DC responsibilities. Expect to see a candidate who has some type of familiarity with Coach Thompson or Coach Fran. In the coming days we'll have a list of possible candidates that could fit the bill as the next Secondary Coach at Texas State.

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