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Tuiasosopo returning to Washington as QBs coach

Marques Tuiasosopo AP

One of the greatest players, let alone quarterbacks, in the history of the Washington football program is coming home.  Again.

Following up on speculation that had been percolating over the past day or so, UW confirmed via a press release Saturday night that Marques Tuiasosopo has been hired as the Huskies’ new quarterbacks coach.  Tuiasosopo had spent the past two seasons at UCLA.

“I’m very excited to come back home to coach where I played and to help Coach Sarkisian continue to bring the Huskies back to where we belong: at the top of the Pac-12, in the Rose Bowl and competing for championships,” Tuiasosopo said in comments released by the school. “I’m also happy to be coaching the position I love.

“I’m very grateful to Jim Mora and UCLA for giving me the opportunity to get my first full-time coaching job.”

Current UW quarterbacks coach Eric Kiesau will move over to coach wide receivers — replacing Jimmie Dougherty, who left to become the offensive coordinator at San Jose State — while also retaining his coordinator duties.

Tuiasosopo spent 2009 and 2010 as an assistant strength coach at UW before leaving for the Bruins.  He was a grad assistant at the alma mater of his father — underrated former NFL player Manu Tuiasosopo — in 2011 before being promoted to tight ends coach in 2012.

It was at UW, though, that the son matched and even surpassed dad’s notoriety.

From 1997-2000, Tuiasosopo set the Huskies’ career mark for total offense.  After being named as the Pac-10’s Offensive Player of the Year in his last season at UW, Tuiasosopo went on to spend eight seasons as mainly a backup quarterback in the NFL.

“Marques is a Husky football legend,” UW head coach Steve Sarkisian said, “and we’re excited to welcome him back home to Washington.

“He brings a high level of expertise about the quarterback position which will be of great benefit to our program.”

Sarkisian still has one hole left on his staff to fill as running backs coach Joel Thomas left for the same position at Arkansas.

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6 Responses to “Tuiasosopo returning to Washington as QBs coach”
  1. beastmode5150 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:13 AM

    Yeah baby! Welcome home Tui!

  2. lamontjoe says: Dec 30, 2012 10:16 AM

    Warren Moon is THEE greatest Washington player ever; MT may be in the top ten.

  3. panthrobro says: Dec 30, 2012 12:23 PM

    I never saw Moon play ay UW but I did see Steve Emtman, Nip Kaufman and Lawyar Milloy and they were all greats too.

    The old timers will tell you the biggest Husky legend was Hugh McElhenny

  4. bleed4philly says: Dec 30, 2012 2:14 PM

    Welcome back brah!

  5. cranespy says: Dec 30, 2012 8:52 PM

    Sark is on the threshold of having the Huskies back on top of the PAC! Great hire!

  6. mydixienormus says: Dec 31, 2012 10:20 AM

    Tui rushed for 200 and threw for 300 in 1 game!!!!

    Guy was a lot of fun to watch. Never got hurt in his senior year and was a machine.

    Should be good for recuiting.

    Welcome back.

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