COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Sarkisian adds more UI flavor

Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian named five members to his staff Thursday, four assistant coaches and an assistant athletic director for football operations.

The coaches are Doug Nussmeier, quarterback coach; Mike Cox, linebackers; Jeff Mills, safeties; and Joel Thomas, running backs.

“I’m really excited about this latest group of coaches we’ve hired,” Sarkisian said in a UW press release. “They’re all great coaches, great recruiters and great people.”

All are on two-year contracts. Nusmeier and Cox will be paid $200,000 per year; Thomas, $150,000; and Mills, $145,000.

Nussmeier was offensive coordinator at Fresno State last season. Before that, he coached with the Rams, at Michigan State and in the CFL. He was a quarterback at Idaho, in the NFL and CFL.

Cox spent the last two seasons handling several defensive duties with the St. Louis Rams. He has college coaching experience at Idaho, Utah State, Louisville and Michigan State. He was a four-year letterwinner (1983-86) at Idaho.

Mills spent the last two seasons as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Youngstown State. He also has been an assistant at Nevada, Idaho, Montana State, Drake and Western Washington. He was a graduate assistant under Don James at UW in the national championship year of 1991. Before that, he played quarterback and linebacker at WWU.

Thomas spent the last three seasons as running backs coach at Purdue. Before that he was offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Idaho. He also worked two seasons at Louisville. He was Big West Player of the Year as a running back at Idaho in 1998. Both Thomas and new UW offensive coordinator Jim Michalczik are Port Angeles High School graduates.

Dennis Slutak was named to handle football operations after holding similar responsibilites at USC for the past four seasons.