3 Worst head coach hires in Washington football history

Washington football just lost a coach who was very successful in a short amount of time. Washington has had a lot of successful coaches, but what about the ones that weren't so successful?

Dec 1, 2007; Honolulu, HI, USA;  Washington Huskies head coach Tyrone Willingham against Hawaii.
Dec 1, 2007; Honolulu, HI, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Tyrone Willingham against Hawaii. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyrone Willingham. Tyrone Willingham. 521. Washington football. . 2005-2008. 11-37 overall record. player. . 1

After Gilbertson was fired after the 2004 season, Tyrone Willingham was named as Washington's next head coach. The Huskies were hoping for a program turnaround, but things just continued to get worse. Willingham had some tough seasons, starting 2-9 in his first season, hitting a six-game losing streak in season number two, the toughest schedule in the country in season three, and winless in his final season.

Here is how Willingham's tenure at Washington played out.

  • 2005: 2-9, 2-7 conference
  • 2006: 5-7, 3-6 conference
  • 2007: 4-9, 2-7 conference
  • 2008: 0-12, 0-9 conference

The Huskies were the only program without a win in 2008, which led to Willingham's firing during the 2008 season. After not having a winning season in four years at Washington, Willingham did not coach again.

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