Justin Wilcox was named Washington's defensive coordinator on Jan. 2, 2012.
A native of Junction City, Ore., and a four-year letterman for Oregon from 1996 to 1999, Wilcox returns to his Northwest roots by joining the Husky staff. He comes to Washington after having spent the past two seasons as defensive coordinator at Tennessee.
In 2011, Wilcox presided over a Tennessee defense that ranked No. 28 in the nation in total defense (340.5 yards per game) and 35th in scoring defense. In his first season with the Vols in 2010, his defense led a late-season rally that led them to a bowl game. The UT defense held four straight November opponents to 14 or fewer points in that season-ending stretch.
Wilcox began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Boise State in 2001 and 2002. He then moved to California, where he was linebackers coach for three seasons (2003-05), helping the Bears to a 26-12 record and three bowl games during that span.
In 2006, he returned to Boise State as defensive coordinator and mentored a Broncos squad that led the WAC in defense all four seasons he worked there (2006-09). In 2009, BSU finished the season ranked No. 14 in the nation in total defense and scoring defense, and No. 3 in turnover margin. In 2008, Boise's defense was third nationally in scoring at just 12.6 points per game. Eight of 13 opponents were held to 10 points or fewer.
In Wilcox's first season, 2006, the Bronco ranked No. 8 in the nation in rush defense and Boise State finished the year with a 13-0 record and a famous overtime win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.
A safety and cornerback at Oregon, Wilcox was a classmate and roommate of current Huskies linebackers coach Peter Sirmon. During his four seasons with the Ducks, he helped the team to four bowl games. In 1999, Wilcox earned first-team Academic All-Pac-10 and won the team's Bob Officer Award, presented to the Ducks' player who excels in spite of physical adversity
Wilcox, who earned his bachelor's degree in anthropology from Oregon in 1999, is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Dave Wilcox, an 11-year member of the San Francisco 49ers.
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