Former Washington Huskies head coach, the “Dawgfather,” Don James passed away this morning at the age of 80. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and began chemotherapy treatment in September.
The Washington football program reached new heights under James. The Huskies won the conference six times in James’ 18 years at the helm, including a national championship and 10 bowl game victories. He retired in 1993 with a career coaching record of 176-78-3, with 153 of those wins coming at Washington. 109 Huskies were taken in the NFL Draft under James, including 10 first-round selections.
According to GoHuskies.com, James passed at his home surrounded by family. James is survived by his wife, Carol, their three children and 10 grandchildren.
Current Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian issued a statement on James’ passing.
My family and I are extremely saddened to hear of Coach James’ passing. His accomplishments as a football coach stand alone, but what made him truly special is the quality of man he was away from the game. The guidance and leadership he instilled into this program and community are still felt today, and will continue to be felt here for a long, long time.
Information on a memorial service will be released at a later date.