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Washington native Peter Sirmon enters his second season as the UW linebackers coach in 2013. Since last season, he's also taken on the role of recruiting coordinator.
Sirmon was named the UW's linebackers coach on Jan. 2, 2012, coming to the Huskies from Tennessee, where he also worked with new Husky defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox.
In his first season in Seattle, Sirmon took on a young group of linebackers and helped form them into the backbone of a UW defense that improved drastically over the previous season. Washington improved from 106th in the nation in total defense to 31st in his first season, knocking nearly 100 yards off of its per-game average.
As recruiting coordinator, he also helped land the Huskies' highest-ranked class in more than a decade.
Sirmon was born in Wenatchee, Wash., and graduated from Walla Walla High School before starting for four years at Oregon, where he was roommates with Wilcox. He went on to a seven-year NFL career, all with the Tennessee Titans, before moving into coaching.
Sirmon spent the 2011 season as the linebackers coach at Tennessee, working alongside Wilcox. He was promoted to linebackers coach after having served as a graduate assistant the previous year, working primarily with safeties.
Prior to moving to Tennessee, Sirmon spent the 2009 season as a graduate assistant at Oregon, helping his alma mater to the Pac-10 championship and a Rose Bowl berth.
In 2008, he coached linebackers at Central Washington, helping lead the Wildcats to a 10-1 regular-season record and a trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs.
After earning first-team All-Pac-10 as a senior at Oregon in 1999, he was drafted by the Titans in the fourth round of the 2000 draft. At Oregon, he twice led the Ducks in tackles (1997 and 1999) and led the Pac-10 in tackles in 1997. After compiling 16 tackles in his final college game, a Sun Bowl victory over Minnesota, he played in the 2000 Senior Bowl. During his four years at Oregon, the Ducks played in four bowl games.
A 1999 UO graduate with a degree in political science, Sirmon and his wife, Lindsay, have four children: Jackson, Presley, Savanna, and Sadie.