Defensive line coach Randy Hart is the only member of the current staff who was working at UW in 2001, when Matt Lingley earned his only letter as a Husky.
Lingley was killed Friday when the flatbed truck he was driving crashed and burst into flames near McCleary in Grays Harbor County.
"It's a shame," Hart said Monday. "He was a good kid. A fun guy to be around. He (transferred to Western Illinois) so he could play more. He did a nice job when he was there, from what I understand. I'm shocked. I don't know what happened. I have a call in to his family – really nice people. Good kid. Too young: 26 is too young."
Hart came to know the family when he recruited Lingley, then a linebacker at Rogers High School in Puyallup.