Feb. 10, 2004
Seattle - Washington football coach Keith Gilbertson announced today that Jimmy Lake has been named an assistant coach on the Husky staff. Lake will coach the Husky cornerbacks. Cornell Jackson, who coached safeties, will move to offense to coach the Washington running backs. Defensive coordinator Phil Snow will now coach safeties. Chuck Heater, an assistant coach since 1999, will not return to the Husky staff.
"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity," Lake said. "I have always wanted to be the best I can be as a coach and I have worked hard to be able to make the step from Division I-AA to Division I. I know there will be new challenges and I'm excited to get started. The chance to work with people like Phil Snow, Randy Hart and Chris Tormey on defense is just tremendous. I'm looking forward to working with them and learning from a great group of coaches. I have a lot of respect for coach Gilbertson and everything that he has accomplished during his career."
A Spokane native, for the last four seasons Lake has coached defensive backs at Eastern Washington. Last year's team included two players who were second-team All-Big Sky selections and a third who received honorable mention honors as the Eagles posted a 6-5 record. It was Eastern Washington's fifth consecutive winning season.
During his first year at Eastern, the Eagles defense ranked first in the Big Sky Conference in pass efficiency defense (106.9) and interceptions (1.45 per game).
Lake graduated from Eastern Washington in 2000 with a degree in business administration. As a senior in 1998, he was an honorable mention All-Big Sky pick at strong safety despite suffering a knee injury in the fifth game of the season. Lake finished the year with 33 tackles.
In Lake's junior season Eastern won the 1997 Big Sky Conference title and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Lake had 66 tackles during the season and had his only career interception in Eastern's 40-35 win at Montana. He added 22 tackles in three playoff games.
The four-year letterwinner had 160 tackles, including three sacks, during his 36-game career. He had a career-high 13 tackles against Cal State Northridge to end the 1996 season.
Lake was born Dec. 17, 1976, in San Francisco, Calif. He and his wife Michele have a son named Jimmy Jr. and a daughter named Faith Kathryn.
Cornell Jackson has an impressive resume as a running backs coach. He coached the position from 1996-99 at Arizona State and tutored such Sun Devil standouts as J.R. Redmond, Terry Battle, Jeff Paulk, Terrell Smith, Michael Martin, Delvon Flowers and Bruce Perkins. Five of those players were selected in the NFL draft and Redmond and Battle earned All-Pac-10 honors.
Each season Jackson coached the Sun Devil running backs ASU finished in the top four in the Pac-10 in rushing. The 1996 Arizona State team that advanced to the Rose Bowl led the league with a 248.5 average. The following season the Sun Devils topped the Pac-10 at 193.8 yards per game.