Harris, who played for Pete Carroll at USC, spent the past two seasons on the San Jose State staff.
The Washington Huskies have formally announced the hiring of former San Jose State assistant Will Harris as the program’s new 10th assistant coach.
Harris will work with UW’s defensive backs, along side co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake. Beginning this year, a new NCAA rules allows FBS programs to add a 10th assistant coach to the staff.
“Will is an excellent, young coach who I think will fit our team and our culture well,” UW coach Chris Petersen said in a statement. “We’re excited to have him join our staff.”
Harris, who played defensive back for Pete Carroll at USC in the late 2000s, spent the past two seasons on the San Jose State staff, working under head coach Brent Brennan, a former UW graduate assistant coach.
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At San Jose State, he coached cornerback Jermaine Kelly, a transfer from UW, and Trevon Bierria, the younger brother of UW linebacker Keishawn Bierria.
After playing at USC, Harris spent time coaching in the Snoop League in Southern California, at Fullerton College and at Diamond Bar (Calif.) High School.
In 2013, he coached the secondary at Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva, Okla., and he spent the 2014 season at Humboldt State.
In 2015, he was the defensive backs coach at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah.