Washington Names Successful Prep Coach As Husky Football Assistant
March 5, 2008
SEATTLE - University of Washington head football coach Tyrone Willingham has hired Steve Gervais, a highly-successful Washington state high school coach, to serve as an assistant coach in charge of the program's running backs position.
Gervais will officially begin his duties at Washington immediately.
"Steve is an excellent football coach and I am excited that he will become a member of our staff," said Willingham. "I have been fortunate to be able to watch him coach Skyline High School to great success the last few years and he obviously did really great things with that program. He brings a unique perspective and great competitiveness to our program and I believe he will be a positive mentor for our players."
Gervais, 54, served as a head football coach at the high school level for 31 seasons and led teams to 15 league titles and six state championships during that time. He compiled an overall record of 244-83 as a head coach and earned league and state coach of the year on several occasions. In 2005, he was inducted into the Washington State High School Football Coach's Hall of Fame. In 2006, he earned the John Wooden Award from Pro Athletes Outreach, an honor that recognizes men and women coaches who "profoundly impact our children and our communities."
For the last 10 seasons, Gervais has served as the head football coach at Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash. and compiled a 94-22 record. He took over a program that did not win a single game in its inaugural season of football in 1997 and, over the next nine seasons, led the Spartans to three state championships (2000, 2005 & 2007) and a runner-up finish in 2005. In 2007, he led Skyline to a 14-0 record and a class 3A state title in a thrilling come-from-behind 42-35 victory over O'Dea in the championship game. That team averaged 37.4 points per game while limiting opponents to just 9.3. Following the season, he was named the state coach of the year.
Prior to his stint at Skyline, Gervais spent three seasons as the head coach at Rogers High School in Puyallup, Wash. and led the Rams to the 1995 South Puget Sound League championship. He spent the previous two seasons as the head coach at Gig Harbor (Wash.) High School and led the Tides to the Pierce County League title and state runner-up finish in 1993.
Gervais began his career in coaching as an assistant coach at Eatonville (Wash.) High School as an assistant coach in 1976, then served as the school's head coach from 1977-92. He led the Cruisers to seven league titles and three class 1A state championships (1985, 1990 & 1992).
A 1976 graduate of Oregon State University with a bachelor's degree in social sciences and education, Gervais was a four-year letterwinner for the Beaver football team under head coach Dee Andros. He earned the team's "Attitude & Scholarship" award as a senior. In 1978 he attended a fifth-year program as a student at the University of Washington.
A native of Puyallup, Wash., Gervais is married to the former Nancy Randolph and they have six children: Brooke, Molly McDaniel, Kelley, Griffin, Jake and Riley.