March 13, 2000
Seattle - Second-year Washington football coach Rick Neuheisel announced today that Keith Gilbertson would assume the role of offensive coordinator on the Husky football staff. The position became vacant last Friday when Karl Dorrell accepted a position as an assistant coach for wide receivers for the NFL's Denver Broncos.
Neuheisel is currently evaluating his current coaching staff assignments and plans on naming Dorrell's replacement before the Huskies begin spring practice on March 30.
In addition to serving as the offensive coordinator, Gilbertson is also the Huskies' assistant head coach and coaches the offensive line and tight ends. The appointment marks the second time in his coaching career that he has worked as the offensive coordinator at Washington. He previously held that position in 1991 when the Huskies posted a 12-0 record, won the Rose Bowl and were declared National Champions. That season Washington set school records for points scored (461), touchdowns (63), total offense (5191), total offense per game (471.9), total first downs (266) and passing touchdowns (26).
Gilbertson was an assistant coach at Washington from 1989-91, handling the offensive line. In 1992 he took over the head coaching duties at California for a five-year period before joining the Seattle Seahawks staff from 1996-98.
A native of Snohomish, Wash., Gilbertson first coached at Washington in 1976 as a graduate assistant for Don James. He has also served as an offensive coordinator at Utah State (197-81) and Idaho (1982, 1995). From 1986-88 he was the head coach at Idaho, directing the Vandals to a 28-9 record. His seven-year career head coaching record stands at 48-35.