June 3, 2013
SEATTLE - Husky legend and 13-year NFL veteran Damon Huard has assumed the role of Chief Administrative Officer for the UW football program, head coach Steve Sarkisian announced Monday. Huard served the past three years as a fundraiser for the athletic department after retiring from professional football.
"I'm extremely excited to have Damon join my staff in this new role," Sarkisian said. "He has been successful at every level of the game and can serve as a first-hand testament to our players not only about how to succeed here at Washington, but how to flourish at the next level."
Huard's role, designed to further the UW's mission of student-athlete development, will include providing student-athletes with player development and professional growth opportunities. He will be tasked with developing and maintaining community outreach programs and act as a program liaison to many external organizations.
A 1995 graduate of the University of Washington, Huard was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Huskies. During his playing career, Huard amassed 5,886 passing yards, a mark that ranks fifth on the program's all-time list. He retired in 2009 after a successful 13-year run in the NFL, most notably with the Kansas City Chiefs and New England, where he earned a pair of Super Bowl rings.
"I'm excited to be back in the game, and around football on a daily basis. Helping student-athletes become the best they can be is a passion of mine, and I can't wait to get started working with Coach Sark and his staff," Huard said. "I've seen the incredible momentum within the program right now, and I know we're primed for great things."
Huard has served as the color analyst for Washington football radio broadcasts on KJR AM for the past three seasons, and will continue to do so after assuming his new role.