Jimmy Lake is not a novice to football. In fact, he’s painfully paid his dues. He played safety at Eastern Washington, Intending to seek his fortunes in business, EW coaches convinced him to remain as an assistant. He was hired by EW head coach Paul Wulff to coach defensive backs in 2000. Four years later, he joined the Washington Football staff under Keith Gilbertson. He lasted one year, as Gilbertson and the entire coaching staff were fired in 2005.
Lake coached the Detroit Lions secondary under head coach Rod Marinelli. He later coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive backs under head coach Raheem Morris.
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Each new role added experience and wisdom to his mannerisms. And that pattern of gaining knowledge added to his resume that helped him begin working with then Boise State head coach Chris Petersen in 2012.
Great Christian Caple Read
Christian Caple of the News Tribune has an excellent background article on Jimmy Lake, and he covers his history in a pleasant story.
When Petersen left Boise State for the University of Washington in December 2013, Lake was recruiting in the Los Angeles, California area. Moments after learning news of Petersen’s new role, his phone rang and he was invited to join him in Seattle. He said yes immediately.
That landed Lake and Petersen at Washington University. And the rest is history