New UW Huskies coach Jimmy Lake lets Bush Hamdan, Jordan Paopao go
New UW Huskies head coach Jimmy Lake wasted no time in making changes to his staff for the 2020 season.
Less than 24 hours after Chris Petersen led the Huskies to a 38-7 Las Vegas Bowl win over Boise State in his final game as head coach and handed the reins over to Lake, it was announced in a press release that offensive coordinator Bush Hamdan and tight end coach Jordan Paopao will not return next season.
“I’ve really enjoyed working alongside Bush and Jordan and appreciate their contributions to Husky football,” Lake said in the release. “These decisions are extremely difficult, but I believe it’s in the best interest of our program to make these changes to align with the vision we have for our team moving forward. I wish them both nothing but the best.”
Hamdan handled both the Huskies’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach jobs in 2018 and 2019. He was quarterbacks coach with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in 2017, coming off a stint at UW that saw him hold the wide receivers coach position in 2016 and quality control assistant post in 2015.
Under Hamdan, the 2018 UW Huskies finished with 5,805 yards of offense, third-most in program history. That team also averaged 414.6 yards per game (sixth in program history) and totaled 3,337 passing yards (fourth in school history).
Paopao had been tight end coach for Washington since 2013. He joined UW as a graduate assistant in 2011, a post he continued to hold in 2012. Under Paopao, three Husky tight ends were taken in the NFL Draft: Austin Seferian-Jenkins (2014), the Seahawks’ Will Dissly (2018) and Drew Sample (2019). That number will likely become four next spring with Hunter Bryant having already declared for the draft.