An innovative offensive tactician, John Pettas is in his second season as Washington's offensive coordinator. Pettas also coaches the Husky quarterbacks. The 2004 season will mark Pettas' 27th year as a collegiate coach.
Pettas has helped to develop a number of top collegiate players, including quarterback Cody Pickett and wide receiver Reggie Williams from the 2003 Husky squad. Pickett finished his career as UW's all-time passing leader with 10,220 yards while Williams stands as the school's all-time leader in receptions (238) and receiving yards (3,536). Williams was the ninth pick in last year's NFL draft and Pickett was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round.
Pettas is in his second tour of duty at Washington. During the 2001 season he worked as a graduate assistant coach, handling the wide receivers.
Prior to rejoining the Husky staff, Pettas was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for John L. Smith at Louisville. The Cardinals went 7-6 and lost to Marshall in the GMAC Bowl. Louisville quarterback Dave Ragone was named Conference USA's Offensive Player of the Year. As a senior Ragone passed for 2,880 yards and a conference-best 24 touchdowns.
Pettas is no stranger to the Pac-10 coaching circles. From 1995 to 2000 he spent five seasons at Arizona State where he saw time as both running backs and quarterbacks coach before serving as the Sun Devils' offensive coordinator for the 2000 season.
Under Pettas in 2000, the Sun Devils led the Pac-10 in passing yards per game and finished fifth in the league in scoring. Three members of the ASU offense earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors, including All-American tight end Todd Heap. In 1996, Pettas coached first-team All-Pac-10 Conference quarterback Jake "The Snake" Plummer, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting, to All-America accolades.
Pettas, who was the quarterbacks and kickers coach at Pacific in 1994, helped lead the Tigers to a 6-5 mark, their best record in 17 years. Pettas followed former ASU assistant Lyle Setencich to Pacific from Cal Poly SLO, where Setencich was the head coach. He served as the offensive coordinator at Cal Poly and also served as coach of the quarterbacks, wide receivers and kickers.
In 1992-93, Pettas served as a coaches' assistant on defense for the San Francisco 49ers.
Pettas also served as the offensive coordinator and coached quarterbacks, running backs and kickers at Kent State (1990-92). Prior to that, he served as the running backs, kickers and special teams coach at the New Mexico (1988-90) and as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Nevada (1978-88).
At Nevada he also coached running backs, kickers and special teams, helping the Wolfpack to the 1978, '79, '83, '85 and '86 I-AA playoffs. The 1978 and '86 teams led the nation in scoring and the '86 squad led the country in total offense.
From 1975 through 1977, Pettas was a graduate assistant and head freshmen coach at Colorado. Before that, he served as the offensive coordinator and head freshman baseball coach at Gonzales Union High School in Salinas, Calif. (1974-75). He also was a graduate assistant for quarterbacks at Cal Poly SLO in 1973.
A 1974 graduate of Cal Poly SLO, Pettas quarterbacked the 1971 and 1972 Mustang teams. He helped guide them to an 8-1-1 record and an appearance in the Camelia Bowl in '72. As captain of that squad, Pettas earned All-West Coast Conference honorable mention honors.
The 1969 graduate of Monterey (Calif.) High School earned a master's degree in physical education from Colorado. He and his wife, Lynn, have two children, Amanda (14) and Mallory (12).
Birthplace: Monterey, Calif.
Birthdate: January 3, 1951
Family: Wife Lynn and daughters Amanda and Mallory.
High School: Monterey High School, Monterey, Calif. (1969)
College: Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (undergraduate in 1974)
University of Colorado (master's in 1977)
Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (1971-72)
1973-74 Cal Poly-SLO (graduate assistant, quarterbacks)
1974 Gonzalez Union High School (offensive coordinator)
1975-77 Colorado (graduate assistant, freshman coach)
1978-87 Nevada (offensive coordinator, assistant head coach)
1988-89 New Mexico (running backs, special teams)
1990-91 Kent State (offensive coordinator)
1992 San Francisco 49ers (defensive assistant)
1993 Cal Poly-SLO
1994 Pacific (quarterbacks, kickers)
1995 Arizona State (running backs)
1996-99 Arizona State (quarterbacks)
2000 Arizona State (offensive coordinator, quarterbacks)
2001 Washington (graduate assistant, wide receivers)
2002 Louisville (offensive coordinator, quarterbacks)
2003-04 Washington (offensive coordinator, quarterbacks)
1975 Bluebonnet Bowl (Colorado vs. Texas)
1977 Orange Bowl (Colorado vs. Ohio State)
1997 Rose Bowl (Arizona State vs. Ohio State)
1997 Sun Bowl (Arizona State vs. Iowa)
1999 Aloha Bowl (Arizona State vs. Wake Forest)
2000 Aloha Bowl (Arizona State vs. Boston College)
2001 Holiday Bowl (Washington vs. Texas)
2002 GMAC Bowl (Louisville vs. Marshall)