Ryan Grubb, Kalen DeBoer’s OC from Fresno St, joins UW Huskies

Dec 6, 2021, 12:33 PM | Updated: 12:47 pm
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A general view at Husky Stadium before the UW Huskies' game against Oregon on Nov. 6. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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One of the big questions about new UW Huskies head football coach Kalen DeBoer’s staff has been answered.

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Ryan Grubb, who was DeBoer’s offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and associate head coach at Fresno State, will be joining DeBoer at Montlake.

Grubb made the announcement that he has accepted the position of offensive coordinator at Washington on his Twitter account Monday morning. The Huskies confirmed the hiring around noon Monday.

“I feel strongly that this can be one of the best offenses in the Pac-12,” Grubb said in a press release. “I’m looking forward to getting to know our players and this community, and getting to work for this historic and successful program.”

Grubb’s offense at Fresno State led the Mountain West in total offense (463.6 yards per game) and was second in both scoring offense (33.6 points per game) and passing offense (330.1 yards per game) this year.

After DeBoer was hired by the UW Huskies last Monday, FOX Sports college football analyst Brock Huard said attention should shift to what then would happen with Grubb.

“He’s going to surround himself with a very good staff,” Huard said of DeBoer during his daily segment on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Mike Salk Show. “I think what’s to keep an eye on now is his coordinator (Grubb) down there at Fresno State. Let’s see if he is elevated to the head job or if (DeBoer) can bring him with him to Seattle. That would be a pretty important next phase of this thing to watch.”

The 46-year-old Grubb has coached alongside or under DeBoer at three separate schools – Fresno State, Eastern Michigan, and Sioux Falls in the NAIA.

“In our time working together, Ryan has consistently produced highly effective offenses and, through his leadership, has excelled in developing young players,” DeBoer said in a press release. “I know he’ll continue to do that here at UW, working with our quarterbacks and as the leader of our offense.”

Grubb had been at Fresno State since 2017, first as offensive line coach, then adding offensive coordinator and associate head coach duties in 2019. In 2020, he switched from offensive line coach to quarterbacks coach.

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