Views Are Just One Of The Highlights In The Coaches' Offices
The head coach doesn’t have a new office as much as he now has a penthouse suite.
Centered on the upper floor of the new, 83,000-square-foot football operations building, the Jim and Margie Rose and Family Head Football Coach’s Office has a commanding view of Husky Stadium, Lake Washington and the Cascade foothills from atop the west end zone, looking east. A giant, hi-definition, flat-screen television and a plush couch are in the office's living-room-like entry way. The accompanying coffee table had UW’s special white and matte-black helmets upon it last week. A two-sided, gas fireplace is on the room’s right side. A long, natural shelf runs below the fireplace the length of that wall; its wood is from Washington’s Olympic peninsula.
Around the corner from the head coach's patio-side desk is a walk-in closet and a private bathroom with a shower. One wall of the bathroom holds a 42-inch, high-definition television.
To the immediate right of the head coach's office is the athletic director’s conference room. That room will double as the AD Scott Woodward’s personal suite on game days, with seats outside on the attached patio. Woodward and the athletic department didn’t want to take away from donors one of the luxury suites along the sidelines for the AD’s hosting purposes.
The area immediately in front of the coaches’ office patios will seat more than 100 family members and friends of the staff on game days.
The assistant coaches’ offices flank the head coach's, with the offensive coaches around the north side of the western edge of the stadium and the defensive coaches’ office in a mirror image to the southern side. Each office has a similarly stunning, panoramic view as the head coach does. And each is just a three-story elevator ride from the players’ locker room, weight room, training room and meeting rooms downstairs, making for the most efficient football operation UW has ever had. The bottom floor also houses the Dave Cohn Coaches’ Locker Room. That includes a sauna and a steam room.
The coaches’ offices are linked electronically by XOS, a leader in football coaching technology. XOS provides the Huskies with wireless coaching software inside the football operations center that is compatible with the iPads each player and coach has for game planning, film study and scheduling. A coach can draw plays on his iPad in his office using the XOS software. He can then take his iPad down to the bottom floor to present those plays on a projected screen to players in their position meeting room. The players can follow along on their own iPads and download the coach’s strategic creations.
Speaking of electronics, the players have a reason to love their coaches’ offices and patios. The new 31-by-108-foot Husky Hi Def video board beyond the east end zone has -- get this – Xbox capability. Huskies players, recruits and coaches can be on the patio outside the coaches’ offices, point an Xbox controller across the field at the giant Husky Hi-Def board beyond the opposite end zone, and battle each other in wireless video games on the largest gamer screen imaginable.
Trips to the coaches’ offices have never been as inviting as they are now inside new Husky Stadium.
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