Compiled a 92-12 record while coaching Boise State's football team from 2006 to 2013; received the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award for the NCAA's top coach in 2006 and 2009; became head coach of the University of Washington in 2014.
He played quarterback in college, first for Sacramento City College, then for UC Davis and received his first coaching job as a freshmen coach at UC Davis in 1987.
His most well-known and celebrated victory at Boise State came at the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, where an incredibly courageous play-call led to an upset of perennial powerhouse Oklahoma.
He raised two children with his wife Barbara Petersen.
After the 2013 season he left Boise State so that he could replace Steve Sarkisian at the University of Washington.