Hamdan is back on Montlake after a year as the Atlanta Falcons' QB coach, replacing Jonathan Smith, who left to take the Oregon State head-coaching job earlier this week.
Bush Hamdan is reuniting with Chris Petersen once again.
A former Boise State quarterback, Hamdan, 31, on Sunday was named Washington’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, taking over after Jonathan Smith left to be the head coach at Oregon State.
Hamdan was on UW’s staff in 2015 as a quality-control coach and in 2016 as the wide receivers coach, helping John Ross and Dante Pettis to breakthrough seasons.
“He’s always been one of the best people, one of the most special people — just as a person. He gets it,” Petersen told The Times in 2016. “Even more so as a guy on our staff, he is in such a unique place in terms of his age and experience, that he gets us and he gets me and what we’re all about and he gets the kids. So it’s really good.”
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Hamdan has spent this season as the Atlanta Falcons’ quarterbacks coach — his eighth stop in a nine-year coaching career. He will finish out the NFL season before returning to Montlake, Petersen said Sunday afternoon.
Petersen added he was still “figuring out” who would call offensive plays when the Huskies play Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30.
Hamdan previously served as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Davidson (2014) and Arkansas State (2013).
“Obviously a high-character guy and he genuinely cared about his players,” UW quarterback Jake Browning said Sunday afternoon. “I think all that’s going to fit in well here. He kind of knows what we’re about and we know what he’s about a little bit. Now it’s just, what does it look like going from the receivers coach to, OK, now you’re calling plays?”
As a senior quarterback for Petersen at Boise State in 2008, Hamdan lost a bid to be the starter to a redshirt freshman, Kellen Moore. Moore went on to win more games (50) than any QB in college football history, but Hamdan earned his coach’s respect and admiration for the way he handled his role as the backup.
“I really shouldn’t say this,” Petersen told The Times last year, “because there was a lot of things I felt like happened at Boise State to really change our program and make it unique and different, but there is no doubt in my mind that Bush Hamdan is one of those guys that changed our program and made it unique, by the type of person he was and the teammate he was and what he was all about.”
UW announced Hamdan’s return on Sunday afternoon. It was curious timing — coming just a couple hours after the Fiesta Bowl bid was announced — but Hamdan was expected to have other suitors, and would likely have been one of Smith’s top choices to be the coordinator at Oregon State.
“I’m very excited that Bush is coming back to join our staff,” Petersen said in a news release. “He’s part of the family, and he’s going to do an outstanding job for us.”
Hamdan is the younger brother of former Seahawks backup quarterback Gibran Hamdan (2005-06), who has settled in the Seattle area.
“Sometimes,” Bush told The Times last year, “I just have to pinch myself. For me, to live in a great place like Seattle … and have family here is special.”