Aych ready to tackle new role

It's not what Theron Aych probably anticipated when he was released from his job as Houston's running backs coach in 2002, but with the nomadic existence coaches lead, he was ready to take on any new challenge that came his way. And then a face from the past emerged in current Washington safeties coach Cornell Jackson.

"Cornell and I worked at Houston together in 2000 and 2001," Aych told Dawgman.com this week after he was announced as the Huskies' defensive graduate assistant, taking over the position held by Jamal Fountaine. Fountaine has since accepted the defensive backs coaching position at Portland State. "And the situation was, the whole staff was released, so he let me know that there was a possible opportunity available here. So I visited during the summer and coached at camp and things delevoped from there."

Theron acknowledged that Fountaine has helped him a lot with the transition into his new position. "Well, I first met Jamal back in January and then got a chance to see him this summer. And when the opportunity came around, he was really helpful in the transition, letting me know what to expect. I expect to learn a lot and put in a lot of hard work and I expect the intensity level to be raised from what I had been doing at Houston. Whether we're out in the field or helping these guys learn watching film, I expect to have to put in a top performance."

Thursday was the first opportunity for the entire staff to get together and get their plan of attack in order. Aych, an offensive specialist, knows one thing for sure - he'll be learning quite a bit on the fly. "Well, I'm very eager to learn," he said. "And with Coach Hundley, Snow, Hart and Cornell all teaching defense, it will be a great opportunity for me to learn a lot about the other side of the ball. And with Coach Gilbertson giving me an opportunity to be a well-rounded coach, I'm very excited.

"I consider myself to be a student of the game and I try and find formulas for success and apply them to my own philosophy."

GA's come and go, but Theron is hopeful that his experience at Montlake can open up into a bigger opportunity down the road - hopeful enough that his wife Gwyn and four-year old son Thomas will be in Seattle with him for the upcoming season. "I'm excited to be here and I really think things have gotten solidified with Barbara Hedges making a commitment to Keith Gilbertson with a four-year contract and I'm excited about the idea of being here for a while," he said. "Seattle is certainly a place I could see myself at for a while. I'm really looking forward to being a part of this staff."

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