Former Safeties coach Cornell Jackson will move to the other side of the football and coach running backs, taking over for Chuck Heater. Phil Snow, Washington defensive coordinator, will go ahead and coach the Safeties, while Lake takes over the rest of the secondary.
"I'm a Husky now," Lake told Dawgman.com Tuesday afternoon. "It's a great
opportunity for me, and I'm going to work my butt off.
"And no one will outwork me."
Lake, who also played football at EWU, started off helping coach Eagle
linebackers in the fall of 1999 before going to work full-time for Brett Sports and
Entertainment. That following summer, he was a late addition to EWU's coaching
lineup as corners coach and hasn't looked back.
"I caught wind of the job opening at U-Dub, but I'd never really applied for other
jobs before," Jimmy said. "Coach (Paul) Wulff called Coach Gilbertson for me. The
thought of coaching at Washington was just a dream to me."
Through the coaching ranks, Lake has become friends with Snow, Gilbertson and
new Husky linebackers coach Chris Tormey. "On Super Bowl Sunday I got a call
from Coach Gilbertson telling me I should come over and interview," Jimmy said.
"And this morning he called me offering me the job.
"I took it."
Lake will be in Seattle first thing Wednesday morning, really to dive into his new
job. "It's been a whirlwind day for me," he said. "I don't think it's really going to
hit me what's happened until I get to Seattle tomorrow."
Jimmy's wife, Michele, have a son named Jimmy Jr., who is three, and a daughter
named Faith Kathryn, who is one-year old. "My son, he's growing like a weed," Lake
said. "He's starting to look like a defensive tackle. We need more room."
Lake recruited Washington, as well as the California JUCO ranks for the Eagles, but
it's unclear where he'll be recruiting for the Huskies.
Washington also interviewed Ball State's Eric Lewis, who is the son of NFL coaching vet Sherman Lewis.
Jimmy Lake new corners coach
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