Pete Kwiatkowski led the Pac-12's top-ranked defense at UW in 2015.
Washington defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski is staying put.
Oregon recently reached out to the Huskies’ defensive coordinator about its vacant defensive coordinator job, a UW source told The Times. Kwiatkowski, a longtime assistant under Chris Petersen, has decided to remain at UW.
In 2015, Kwiatkowski oversaw a UW defense that led the Pac-12 in scoring defense for the first time since 1991. The Huskies allowed 18.8 points per game and also led the league in fewest yards allowed (351.8 per game).
Kwiatkowski made $500,000 in 2015, which is roughly an average salary for a Pac-12 coordinator. Contracts for UW’s assistant coaches expire at the end of this month, and Kwiatkowski will almost certainly be getting a raise.
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Last month, UW announced that defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake was being promoted to share defensive coordinator duties with Kwiatkowski. Lake was also pursued for coaching jobs at other schools.
Meanwhile, Oregon’s search for a defensive coordinator continues.
The Ducks reportedly interviewed Clancy Pendergast before Pendergast agreed to return to USC to serve as the Trojans’ DC. Pendergast will reportedly earn $850,00 at USC.
Oregon will also reportedly interview former Michigan coach Brady Hoke.
Former UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has also been mentioned as a potential candidate for Oregon. Wilcox is an Oregon native who played defensive back for the Ducks in the late 1990s.