Pelluer looking for a chance

When the final gun sounded in Martin Stadium and the Huskies had completed a season of football rightly described a 'nightmare', many Husky fans were left to lament either what might have been or to ponder what soon will be at Montlake. Head coach Keith Gilbertson stated in his postgame comments that he would have "...to live with 1-10 for the rest of my life," but he isn't the only one.

Tight Ends/Special Teams coach Scott Pelluer sat down with Dawgman.com recently to share his thoughts on the season and, with the uncertainty of his job status, where he and his family go from here.

"It is just the nature of this wonderful business that I chose," he said with a chuckle. "After a year like this, sometimes you look back and wonder if it is really worth it. Sometimes you think, ‘Maybe I need to get out and find something else', but I really enjoy the relationship with kids, coaching, recruiting and that makes it all worthwhile.

"I don't know how at Oregon State, when they were 1-10, 2-9, 3-8...I don't know how they stuck around through all that," he said, sounding amazed. "This season really took it out of us. Nobody on this staff will tell you it was easy. You are second guessed on everything you do and especially a year like this that hasn't happened in…forever. It was just a horrible feeling when you looked up at that scoreboard and asked yourself ‘I spent 90 hours this week for this?'."

Pelluer, who was a standout linebacker at Washington State, is in his second stint on Montlake. He served as the linebackers and safeties coach under Jim Lambright from 1996-1998 and was released along with all of Lambright's staff following the '98 season, so none of this is new to him.

"It would be a lot harder if I hadn't been through this before," he said. "I was let go with (Jim) Lambright's staff, I was on Skip Hall's staff at Boise State. That was the first time I was fired on a college staff. I basically got fired from the NFL. Every time you're a little more at peace with the situation, knowing that something good is going to happen and that the Good Lord has a great plan."

One aspect of a coach's life that fans and supporters don't get to see and cannot appreciate is the time he spends away from his family.

"Basically from Sunday morning, when we start at 11 o'clock, I basically don't see my family and my kids until Thursday night," he says regretfully. "It is hard especially late in the season, the amount of lost sleep and the massive amount of time that we spend in the office."

His son Tyler is a senior linebacker for Skyline and is preparing for a 4A state semi-final matchup with defending champion Pasco this Saturday. Pelluer is looking forward to attending the game.

"I'm looking forward to (Tyler's) game this Saturday," he said. "It has been a real plus seeing him play."

Pelluer also expressed thanks to his wife, Kim, for being so understanding with the amount of hours he spends away from the family during the season.

"My wife realizes that she is a single parent from August through Thanksgiving and for a long time she has been a single parent through signing day. Now I recruit the Puget sound so I get to be home a little more," he said.

So now what? Pelluer is keeping all options open, but he hopes to have the opportunity to stick with the Washington program.

"I was hoping we would be here 5, 6, 7 years," he said. "It is home for my wife and home for me. My kids have lived here 8 of the last 10 years and I would really like to stay here. If a great opportunity comes up somewhere else I would have to take it, because this is what I do.

"Even though I played for the Cougars, this is a great place to work," he continued. "I appreciate working with coach Gilbertson. I love recruiting the state of Washington and I would love to coach offense or defense. I would take being the lowest paid guy on the staff, I just love being here and I hope I get the chance to stay."

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