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Huskies name Bush Hamdan new WRs coach and pass-game coordinator, promote Jimmy Lake to co-defensive coordinator, add special-teams coordinator to Bob Gregory’s title

Chris Petersen hired Washington’s new receivers coach from within, and augmented the job titles of two other Huskies assistants.

Bush Hamdan, who spent the 2015 season as an offensive quality control coach, has been promoted to full-time receivers coach. He takes over for Brent Pease, who was fired Dec. 4 after two seasons at UW. Hamdan had been coaching UW’s receivers in the interim, but Petersen made him a full-time assistant on Tuesday. Hamdan will also hold the title of “pass game coordinator.”

Additionally, Jimmy Lake, the team’s second-year defensive backs coach, has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator with current defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski, and linebackers coach Bob Gregory has taken on the title of special-teams coordinator, a position left vacant by the departure of Jeff Choate to Montana State (though Choate is staying at UW through the bowl game).

Hamdan, a 2008 graduate of Boise State, has already worked at six different schools. He was a backup quarterback at Boise State under Petersen from 2006-08, then held an offensive intern position at Maryland in 2010 before coaching tight ends at Sacramento State in 2011.

He coached receivers at Florida in 2012 (while Pease was Florida’s offensive coordinator) before becoming the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas State in 2013 (under former Petersen assistant and current Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin), then took a job as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Davidson in 2014 before rejoining Petersen at UW for the 2015 season.

Lake and Gregory are each longtime Petersen assistants who worked for him at Boise State and came with him to UW upon his hire in December 2013. No new salary information was immediately available for Hamdan, Lake or Gregory.

UW still has one assistant coaching position to fill. With Choate leaving, the Huskies do not currently have a defensive line coach on staff for the 2016 season, so that might be one possibility.

The rest of UW’s assistant coach contracts expire on Jan. 31, but there has been no indication that any other changes are imminent. Extensions will likely be announced in the coming weeks.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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