April 20, 2010
SEATTLE - Damon Huard will make his return to the University of Washington next month as a major gifts officer for the Tyee Club.
A 1995 graduate of Washington, Huard was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Huskies. During his playing career, Huard amassed 5,692 passing yards, a mark that ranks third on the program's all-time list. He retired last year after a successful 13-year run in the NFL, most notably with the Kansas City Chiefs and New England, where he earned a pair of Super Bowl rings.
"I am thrilled that we were able to secure someone of Damon's caliber to join our fundraising team," said athletic director Scott Woodward. "Damon is a true Husky and his history with our program, coupled with his strong ties to the local community, will be a tremendous asset to this department."
Prior to his professional career taking off in the NFL in 1997, the Puyallup, Wash., native worked for Vulcan Inc. for nine months. During this time, Huard helped raise awareness for the Seattle Seahawks' new stadium initiative. Now he'll continue in a similar line of work, assisting the development team's external relations within the Puget Sound community. According to assistant athletic director Jennifer Cohen, this will provide the department with a stronger presence in the region.
"He gives our efforts a lot of credibility," Cohen said. "People know him. They believe in him. They relate to him. They understand that he's one of them. He's a very respected person."
Huard is a name synonymous with Husky football in the Seattle area. He was a highly regarded quarterback at Puyallup High School where he was coached by his father, Mike. His younger brother, Brock, was also a quarterback for the Huskies in the late 1990s and is now co-hosts a sports-talk radio show on 710 ESPN and provides analysis for college football games on ESPN. Another brother, Luke, was a graduate assistant with the UW from 2007-08.
Huard is one of a number of former student-athlete currently within the athletic advancement staff at UW, including former Husky lineman Elliot Silvers (Big W Club), Shannon Kelly (Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Strategic Programs), who played on the women's basketball team under Chris Gobrecht and former golfer (and coach) O.D. Vincent (Senior Associate Athletic Director).
Huard is married to his wife, Julie Ann. The couple has three children: Holly, Samuel and Brooke.