Washington football loses head coach Kalen DeBoer to Alabama

Washington head coach Kalen DeBoer has been announced as the new head coach at Alabama.
Allstate Sugar Bowl - Texas v Washington
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Per ESPN's Chris Low, Washginton head football coach Kalen DeBoer has agreed to a deal to make him the new head coach at Alabama, taking over for the recently retired Nick Saban.

Kalen DeBoer's departure from the Washington Huskies marks the end of a transformative era for the football program.

In just two seasons, DeBoer orchestrated a remarkable turnaround, culminating in a National Championship appearance in his final year at the helm. His impact extended beyond the sidelines, breathing new life into a program that was in disarray before his arrival.

Prior to his stint with the Huskies, DeBoer showcased his coaching prowess at various levels. As the head coach at Sioux Falls, he boasted an extraordinary record of 67–3, clinching three NAIA national championships. He also spent time at Fresno State, Eastern Michigan, and Southern Illinois before coming to Washington.

DeBoer's biggest move with the Huskies included recruiting transfer QB Michael Penix Jr., a decision that paid off handsomely. Penix Jr.'s stellar performance not only transformed his own career, becoming a Heisman runner-up but also propelled the team to new heights, with DeBoer guiding them to a National Championship appearance.

The departure of DeBoer leaves a void in Washington, but his legacy of revival and success will undoubtedly endure. His journey, marked by strategic coaching decisions and a commitment to excellence, now sees him taking on the prestigious role of head coach at Alabama, succeeding the legendary Nick Saban.

The Huskies and their fans will fondly remember DeBoer's impactful tenure as they navigate the transition and look to sustain the newfound momentum in the seasons to come.