by Curtis Crabtree
MONTLAKE - It's been an offseason of turnover for the Washington Huskies.
Three coaches for fired, two more moved on to other job opportunities and head coach Steve Sarkisian was left with the task of filling his coaching staff out.
With the hires of Justin Wilcox as defensive coordinator and the acquisition of recruiting star Tosh Lupoi on the defensive line, the Huskies and Sarkisian showed they're serious about winning.
With the new staff coming together just weeks before signing day, the coaches have been on the road looking to close out their 2012 recruiting class.
Wednesday was the first chance the new coaches had to speak with the media about their reasons to join the Washington coaching staff and how they look to improve the program. Four of the five coaches are on the defensive side of the ball as Sarkisian as overhauled the staff. Only offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau joins the staff on the offensive side of the ball, replacing the departed Doug Nussmeier.
The only member of the defensive coaching staff from 2011 to remain is Johnny Nansen. Nansen had served as defensive line coach, special teams coach and recruiting coordinator. He continues to hold the latter two responsibilities with Lupoi replacing him on the defensive line.
The coaches had a lot to say about their moves and their comments are all available in the podcast links below.
Steve Sarkisian, head coach
Eric Kiesau, offensive coordinator
Justin Wilcox, defensive coordinator
Tosh Lupoi, defensive line
Peter Sirmon, linebackers
Keith Heyward, defensive backs