Huskies hire Heyward as defensive backs coach

  • Thu Jan 12th, 2012 11:36pm
  • Sports

By Scott M. Johnson Herald Writer

SEATTLE — The University of Washington football team filled out its coaching staff Thursday by hiring former Oregon State assistant Keith Heyward as defensive backs coach.

Heyward, a former player at OSU, spent the past four years coaching the secondary at his alma mater.

“Keith is a bright, young coach and a terrific recruiter,” Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said in statement released through the team. “I think he’ll be a great fit with our new defensive staff, in particular Justin Wilcox, our new coordinator.”

Heyward will presumably fill positions that were manned by cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin and safeties coach Jeff Mills last season. Martin left to take a similar position at UCLA, while Mills was let go along with defensive coordinator Nick Holt and linebackers coach Mike Cox shortly after UW’s Alamo Bowl loss to Baylor.

The Huskies have filled their open positions by hiring Heyward away from OSU and Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon away from the University of Tennessee.


The Huskies announced earlier this month that two members of the 2011 recruiting class are finally enrolled in school. Wide receiver Marvin Hall and quarterback/defensive back Antavius Sims enrolled in the winter quarter and are expected to be part of the team beginning this spring.