As expected, UW officially announced today that Steve Gervais of Puyallup and most recently Skyline High will join the football staff.
And here are a few comments from their Wednesday afternoon press conference.
Willingham on the hiring: Having a son in the (Skyline High School) program made it even easier to see the fine points and the attention to detail and all those things. With my patience, it became a pretty simple process to select someone that I respect and think will be a great coach in our program.
Willingham on giving Gervais duties for running backs: With is background, he's seen a lot of things, and there are a lot of areas he could potentially coach. But I felt like ... this is one that he'd be able to fit in.
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Gervais on leaving high school coaching after three decades: At this time in my life think it's a new opportunity, and it's a tremendous challenge in my life, and both of those went together very well. I think it's something that I'm ready for and I'm very excited about.
Gervais on fitting in on the staff: A lot of the things I coached in my program, are things coach Willingham teaches here as far as working with young people. And so, I think my personality fits. I agree with what he believes, so it's very easy for me to work for a man and a program that represents the same things that I tried to teach to my kids.
Gervais on the UW running backs: They have some very young and exciting athletes here. In working with the running backs I'm excited. They're very young, but they're talented. I just feel like I've gotten to know coach (Tim) Lappano very quickly, and I'm excited to work under him and what they're offensive system is about. Working for both of these gentlemen is a great opportunity.
Gervais on moving from high school to college: Anyone that's a high school coach looks at college football and looks at is as a great thing if it ever came about. But realistically with my life I was always committed that I was going to coach through my sons (time in high school) and if it ended at that point, it ended at that point. Had this job not come up with the university I would still be coaching at Skyline, no doubt about it.
Gervais on the reaction of other high school coaches: I think my peers are very very excited for me. In a way, I represent a lot of high school coaches. I think they're excited that somebody in their profession at that level is having the opportunity to move on and work at the collegiate level. It's a strong group of coaches and I think we all support each other and a lot of them are very happy for me to have this opportunity.
Gervais on what he can contribute: I've been watching a lot of film the last two days and I think there are a lot of great things going on offensively here at the university. My first responsibility is to work with these running backs and help them be the very best that they can be on the field. Washington does some shotgun and there may be some things I can contribute or add, but I think their package is very solid offensively and I'm just excited to be a part of it.
Gervais on what won't change: I'm always challenged by the next game. And so whether that's the next game at Oregon or another high school game, I would have been challenged by that as long as I'm coaching, and I will coach as long as I'm challenged.