Jimmy Lake was named defensive backs coach on Dec. 30, 2013, and returns for his second season in that role in 2015. It marks his second stint with the Huskies as he held the same position at Washington in 2004.
In his first season at the UW as a member of Chris Petersen's 2014 staff, Lake took on the challenge of coaching a secondary that frequently included three true freshmen and a true sophomore in the four starting spots. In the end, he helped safety Budda Baker earn freshman All-America honors while helping the UW to a No. 9 national ranking in turnover margin and a top-40 marking scoring defense.
Lake joined Petersen’s staff from Boise State where he was in charge of the secondary and was the defensive pass game coordinator in 2012 and 2013.
In 2013, the Broncos ranked second in the Mountain West in points allowed (24.8) and interceptions (16), third in total defense (413.4) and pass efficiency defense (129.7) and fourth in sacks (30). They also tied for the conference low allowing just 17 touchdown passes.
Lake mentored sophomore cornerback Donte Deayon, who earned 2013 second-team All-Conference honors after finishing second in the league with six interceptions and fourth with 15 passes defended.
In his debut season with the Broncos in 2012, Lake led a secondary that was fifth nationally in both pass defense (169.5) and pass efficiency defense (101.4). The team also ranked eighth nationally in scoring defense (15.8) and 12th nationally in total defense (315.6). The Broncos also picked off 18 passes to tie for the 12th-most nationally.
Three of his four starting defensive backs earned All-Mountain West honors following the season, including first-team selection Jamar Taylor at cornerback. Cornerback Jerrell Gavins was named second-team all-league, and safety Jeremy Ioane was honorable mention.
Taylor went on to become the second-highest drafted cornerback in school history, taken in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft - No. 54 overall - by the Miami Dolphins.
Before joining Boise State, Lake worked in the National Football League. He spent 2010-11 as defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 2008 as DB coach for the Detroit Lions. He also served as the assistant defensive backs coach for Tampa Bay from 2006-07.
While with the Buccaneers, Lake's defensive backs finished seventh in the NFL in pass defense in 2012, a group that was anchored by five-time Pro Bowl selection Ronde Barber.
Prior to coaching in the professional ranks, Lake coached the secondary at Montana State in 2005. The Bobcats' defense finished the season ranked No. 1 in the Big Sky Conference, and his secondary allowed a conference-low 165.6 passing yards per game. Also on the Montana State staff in 2005 was UW defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski.
Lake spent one season coaching defensive backs at Washington in 2004 under Keith Gilbertson. That Huskies' secondary helped the team rank first in the Pacific-10 Conference and 17th-nationally in pass defense.
From 2000-03, Lake coached the secondary at his alma mater Eastern Washington.
Lake was honorable mention All-Big Sky as a strong safety and was also an academic all-conference selection. He graduated with a business administration degree in 2000.
Lake and wife, Michele, have three children: Jimmy, Jr., Faith and Bronson.
• 2014-15 – Washington – Defensive Backs
• 2012-2013 – Boise State – Defensive Backs/Passing Game Coordinator
• 2010-2011 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Defensive Backs
• 2008 – Detroit Lions – Defensive Backs
• 2006-2007 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
• 2005 – Montana State – Secondary
• 2004 – Washington – Defensive Backs
• 2000-2003 – Eastern Washington – Secondary
• 1999 – Eastern Washington – Undergraduate Assistant