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Steve Axman
Steve Axman

Assistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks

Steve Axman is in his fourth year as an assistant coach on Rick Neuheisel’s Husky staff. He added the responsibilities as assistant head coach prior to the 2001 season. Axman has a reputation for developing young quarterbacks and he has only expounded on that during his tenure at Washington. Last season he helped sophomore Cody Pickett take over the Husky signalcalling duties. Pickett turned in a stellar performance, finishing second in the Pac-10 in total offense with an average of 246.3 yards per game. Pickett set UW's single-game passing record with a 455-yard outing against Arizona. Axman's first Husky quarterback was Marques Tuiasosopo, who finished his outstanding career by being named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and then the MVP of the Rose Bowl. Tuiasosopo became the first UW player to be named the league’s top offensive player since 1983. In 1999, Axman’s first year at the UW, Tuiasosopo became the first player in NCAA history to rush for 200 yards and pass for 300 yards in one game. Washington is the fourth Pac-10 school at which Axman has worked as an assistant coach. He joined the Husky program after serving as the quarterbacks coach at Minnesota in 1998 under Glen Mason. Prior to joining the Golden Gophers’ staff, Axman was the head coach at Northern Arizona from 1990-97. He inherited a NAU program that had experienced just three winning seasons during the 1980s and had never qualified for the Division I-AA postseason playoffs. During his eight years with the Lumberjacks, Axman guided the team to a 48-41 record, making him the second-winningest coach in Northern Arizona’s history. Axman’s NAU teams were known for their offensive fireworks. During his eight-year career, Axman’s teams averaged 30 points per game. His 1996 Lumberjack squad set or tied 14 national records and averaged 43.2 points per game en route to a 9-3 overall record and a 6-1 record in the Big Sky Conference. That season produced a second-place finish in the Big Sky, the school’s first postseason appearance and a school-best No. 6 national ranking. Honored as the Region V Coach of the Year in 1996, Axman’s team led the nation in total offense (522.8 yards per game) and ranked third in passing (311.3 yards per game). The Lumberjacks became the first college football team to produce a 2,000-yard rusher, with Walter Payton Award winner Archie Amerson, and a 3,000-yard passer (Travis Brown) in the same season. In 1989, Axman served as Maryland’s quarterbacks coach where he worked with Neil O’Donnell and Scott Zolak. He was the offensive coordinator at UCLA in 1987-88 where he coached Troy Aikman. Prior to UCLA, Axman coached at Stanford (1986), with the Denver Gold of the United States Football League (1985) and at the University of Arizona (1980-84), as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Axman spent a year at Illinois, three seasons at Army and one season at Albany State. Prior to that, Axman’s first collegiate coaching assignment was at East Stroudsburg State in 1974. A 1969 graduate of C.W. Post in Greenvale, N.Y., Axman went on to earn his first master’s degree from Long Island University in 1972 and his second in 1975 while coaching at East Stroudsburg State. Axman has authored six books and produced several instructional videos about football. His most recent release "101 Pass Patterns" was published in 2001. His other books are titled “Coaching Quarterback Passing Mechanics," “101 Quarterback Drills," “The Art and Science of Coaching” and “Coaching Offensive Backs.” His first non-coaching book, "Achieving Your Success" is due for release next year. Axman and his wife, Dr. Marie Axman, an elementary school principal, have four daughters: Mary Beth, Jaclyn, Melissa and Kimberly. The 54-year-old Axman is a native of Huntington Station, N.Y.

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