Tony Alford out as Husky RB Coach

<b>Tony Alford</b>, running backs coach for the <b>University of Washington</b> football program for the past year is headed back to his former employer, Dan McCarney and the <b>Iowa State</b> Cyclones.

Tony was previously the running backs coach in Ames, and will be taking over those duties again for McCarney. He'll also be given the title of Assistant Head Coach, which is the main reason he decided to accept the position.

"It basically means that I'll have my hands in a lot more things than just a running backs coach," Alford told Dawgman.com this morning. "I'll be involved in more things that a regular Head Coach would do. It's my goal to be a Head Coach. I'm 33 years old and this gives me an opportunity to get one step closer to being a Head Coach. That's what I want to do."

Alford leaves after just one year with the Huskies, and knows that it was a difficult decision to make. "This is a fantastic staff to be affiliated with," he said of the current Husky coaching staff. "Coach Neuheisel is amazing. Not only has he helped me as a coach, but also with my family and our new child. He did things for us that he didn't have to do. I'm going to miss it in Seattle. You always hesitate to make a move like that (going back), but every move I've made so far has been a beneficial one for me and I hope this one is too."

From Gohuskies.com, Alford was an All-Western Athletic Conference running back and a Doak Walker Award nominee at Colorado State. He graduated from CSU with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science in 1992.

As a Ram, Alford set the WAC single-game rushing record when he went for 310 yards against Utah. Following his college career, Alford played briefly for the Denver Broncos and for the Birmingham (Ala.) Fire in the World Football League.

After serving as an assistant coach at the high school level in Fort Collins, Colo., and Lake Wales, Fla., Alford was hired as running backs coach at Division III powerhouse Mt. Union College (Alliance, Ohio) in 1995. He helped the Raiders to a 12-1 mark and to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship. In 1996, he worked as the running backs coach at Kent before heading to Iowa State.

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