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Huskies retain TE coach to complete Petersen’s staff

By Brent Stecker

Chris Petersen has finalized his first Washington Huskies coaching staff, as Jordan Paopao has been retained as tight ends coach, The Seattle Times’ Adam Jude reports.

Paopao will be the lone holdover for the Huskies from former coach Steve Sarkisian’s staff. Every other position was filled by last week with coaches that had previously coached with Petersen at Boise State.

Paopao was a graduate assistant overseeing tight ends in 2011 and 2012 for the Huskies, and was promoted to tight ends coach in 2013.

The tight ends coach position had been offered to Marques Tuiasosopo, who served as the Huskies’ interim head coach for their Fight Hunger Bowl win over BYU on Dec. 27. He instead accepted Sarkisian’s offer to be associate head coach/tight ends coach at USC.

Paopao tweeted about staying with the program Monday afternoon: “Still about this #dawglife….. excited for the future of husky nation!!! #woof #bowdown”

A 2008 graduate of the University of San Diego, Paopao started his coaching career as a recruiting assistant at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh, who coached him at San Diego.