Jan. 12, 2004
Seattle - Washington football coach Keith Gilbertson announced today the addition of Chris Tormey to the Husky coaching staff. He will serve as the team's assistant head coach and handle the Washington linebackers. Defensive line coach Randy Hart, who held the title of assistant head coach this past season, will add the duties of Administrative Assistant to his job title.
Tormey replaces Tim Hundley on the Husky staff. Hundley is currently finalizing a contract for a coaching position at another institution. Phil Snow, who shared the co-defensive coordinator title with Hundley last year, will be the defensive coordinator.
"Chris brings a tremendous background to our coaching staff and knows first-hand the great tradition of Husky football," said Washington coach Keith Gilbertson. "I think our players are going to enjoy his coaching style and knowledge of the game. Chris has always been a tremendous recruiter and I think he will have an impact over the next few weeks which are a crucial time in the recruiting process."
Gilbertson is currently reviewing candidates for the offensive line coaching position that became vacated when Dan Cozzetto accepted an assistant coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers.
"I hope to name an offensive line coach in the near future, but it is important for us to get the right person in that position, which has had some turnover the past few years," Gilbertson said. "I also want to wish Tim Hundley and his family the best as he starts at a new school. It has been a pleasure to work with him and to have him as a member of the staff last season."
Tormey rejoins the Washington staff after spending the past nine years as the head coach at Idaho and Nevada. For the past four seasons he directed the Wolfpack to a 16-31 record including a 6-6 mark during the 2003 season. Each season he was at Nevada the Wolfpack's overall record improved as the team made the transition from the Big West Conference to the Western Athletic Conference during his tenure. Tormey's team defeated Washington 28-17 in Husky Stadium on Oct. 11. At Idaho, his alma mater, Tormey's teams went 33-23. Tormey's nine-year record as a head coach was 49-54.
"This is a great opportunity to come back to Washington," Tormey said. "It is a bit ironic because I first joined the Husky staff 20 years ago in March. It was a great break back then and it is a great break now. I'm excited about working with coach Gilbertson. He is a fantastic coach and great recruiter. I believe under his leadership Washington will have tremendous success."
For 11-years, from 1984 to 1994, Tormey worked as an assistant coach at Washington. He coached tight ends, outside linebackers and the secondary. During the 1993 he was the acting defensive coordinator and was named to that position by head coach Jim Lambright for the 1994 campaign. During his tenure the Huskies appeared in 10 bowl games and won the 1991 national championship.
Considered an outstanding recruiter, he was responsible for bringing such former Husky greats as Napoleon Kaufman, Mark Brunell and Rashaan Shehee to Montlake.
Tormey's head coaching resume includes a number of significant milestones at Idaho and Nevada. In 1998 he guided the Vandals to their first bowl game where Idaho defeated Southern Mississippi in the Humanitarian Bowl. His 1999 Idaho team defeated Washington State to become the first Vandal team to beat the Cougars since 1965.
Among his accomplishments were Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 1998 and also being named Big West/Mid-American/NCAA I-A Independent Coach of the Year by The Sporting News that year. He helped the Vandals break school attendance records by averaging more than 25,000 per home game in his last season.
During the 2001 season his Nevada team included Chance Kretschmer, the nation's leading rusher and his 2002 squad featured Seattle native Nate Burleson, who led the nation in receptions.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Tormey grew up in Spokane where he attended Gonzaga Prep. He was an All-Big-Sky Conference linebacker at Idaho in 1976 and 1977 and earned a total of three letters as a Vandal. He was the team captain as a senior, earning a degree in Education from Idaho in 1978. Following his graduation, he signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins.
Tormey began his college coaching career in 1980 as a graduate assistant at Washington for two years, then took the defensive line coaching position at Idaho in 1982 for two years under head coach Dennis Erickson.
Tormey (born May 1, 1955) and his wife, Kellie, have two daughters, Leah and Emily.