One of the most respected and popular assistant coaches at Washington, Chris Tormey is in his fourth year coaching the Husky linebackers after spending the previous nine years as a head coach. He also acts at UW's recruiting coordinator.
Prior to returning to Washington in 2004, Tormey directed Nevada to a 16-31 record including a 6-6 mark during the 2003 season. Each season he was at Nevada the Wolfpack's overall record improved as the team made the transition from the Big West Conference to the Western Athletic Conference during his tenure. Tormey's team defeated Washington 28-17 in Husky Stadium on Oct. 11, 2003.
Tormey left Washington after the 1994 season to coach at Idaho, his alma mater, Tormey's teams went 33-23. Tormey's nine-year record as a head coach was 49-54.
For 11-years, from 1984 to 1994, Tormey worked as an assistant coach at Washington. He coached tight ends, outside linebackers and the secondary. In 1993, he was the acting defensive coordinator and was named to that position by head coach Jim Lambright for the 1994 campaign. During his tenure the Huskies appeared in 10 bowl games and won the 1991 national championship.
Considered an outstanding recruiter, he was responsible for bringing such former Husky greats as Napoleon Kaufman, Mark Brunell and Rashaan Shehee to Montlake.
Tormey's head coaching resume includes a number of significant milestones at Idaho and Nevada. In 1998 he guided the Vandals to their first bowl game where Idaho defeated Southern Mississippi in the Humanitarian Bowl. His 1999 Idaho team defeated Washington State to become the first Vandal team to beat the Cougars since 1965.
Among his accomplishments were Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 1998 and also being named Big West/Mid-American/NCAA I-A Independent Coach of the Year by The Sporting News that year. He helped the Vandals break school attendance records by averaging more than 25,000 per home game in his last season.
During the 2001 season his Nevada team included Chance Kretschmer, the nation's leading rusher and his 2002 squad featured Seattle native Nate Burleson, who led the nation in receptions.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Tormey grew up in Spokane where he attended Gonzaga Prep. He was an All-Big-Sky Conference linebacker at Idaho in 1976 and 1977 and earned a total of three letters as a Vandal. He was the team captain as a senior, earning a degree in Education from Idaho in 1978. Following his graduation, he signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins.
Tormey began his college coaching career in 1980 as a graduate assistant at Washington for two years, then took the defensive line coaching position at Idaho in 1982 for two years under head coach Dennis Erickson.
Tormey (born May 1, 1955) and his wife, Kellie, have two daughters, Leah and Emily.