Jimmy Lake made his head coach debut for the University of Washington football team 10 months ago, beating Oregon State 27-21. On a cold night. In a completely empty Husky stadium.
No one other than his fellow coaches, players and some school staff was there to take advantage of it with him because of the pandemic.
Lake gets a makeover on Saturday as it soaks up the thunderous atmosphere of college football. Against Montana, he will finally lead his team on the field with all the attributes.
Fans. Sirens. Bandaged. Cheerleaders. Beer. Helmet car.
As we got to know Lake more intimately, we learned that he was born in Walnut Creek, California, once the home of the Pac-10, and raised in Spokane, as one of four boys – three brothers and a cousin. – in a military family. which has moved a lot, even internationally.
Becoming the Husky trainer is quite unique. Yet, on the eve of his first full season in charge of all football-related matters in Montlake, here are five lesser-known facts, some from this well-done lake profile compiled by The Inlander, an Inland Empire publication, about of this man:
1) never too many twins
Jimmy, 44, has a twin brother, Jayson, who is a boat merchant in Clearwater, Florida. They were starting security together at North Central High School in Spokane. Lake was the center of the baseball team and Jayson played next to him in left field. The looking in the mirror part of the history of the lake does not end there. Jimmy married his high school girlfriend, former Michele Taylor, who has a twin sister.
2) Lake and Shaw Near-Miss
Lake was ready to play football in 1995 for Western Washington University, and even accepted a few scholarships from there, but ended up in Eastern Washington once school in Cheney, Washington, l ‘continued harshly. If he had gone to Western he would have played for a coaching team that just hired a new guy in the profession, David Shaw, as an outside linebacker coach and later a tight ends coach. Shaw coached at Belllingham during the 1995 and 1996 seasons. Lake and Shaw, of course, now face each other in the Pac-12 every year as coaches for UW and Stanford.
3) Defend against Huard
In the summer of 1995, Lake was a late guest at the East-West Summer Classic, Washington state’s all-star high school football game, which would be held in Spokane for the first time in 15 years. He played for the Eastern team, which included future Huskies in wide receiver Joe Jarzynka (Gig Harbor), defensive lineman Mac Tuiaea (Hanford) and tight end Anthony Mizin (Aberdeen) against the future UW players in defensive lineman Kurth Connell (O’Dea), wide receiver Dane Looker (Puyallup) – and a highly prized left-handed quarterback named Brock Huard (Puyallup). The East team won 17-14, with Jimmy deflecting a potential TD pass from Huard to Looker. Lake, of course, now has a much-vaunted left-handed QB on his UW squad in Sam Huard, Brock’s nephew.
4) military football kid
Son of Master Sergeant Leon Lake, Jimmy and his twin brother Jayson started playing tackle football when they were young while living at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Their team was called the Seahawks. They also lived on a NATO base in Turkey and from an early age attended the Kindergarten at Fairchild Air Base outside of Spokane. Their father was 53 when he died in 2000 of a congenital heart defect.
5) Second Chance UW
Fifteen years before being hired as the Husky’s head coach, Lake was fired as a UW defensive backs coach, on the staff of Keith Gilbertson who suffered a 1-10 season in 2004, the worst in school history at the time. He returned a decade later as an assistant for the second time with Chris Petersen. Few coaches get fired by a school in an inferior position and come back triumphantly as head coach. Lake’s starting secondary in 2004 consisted of cornerbacks Sam Cunningham and Derrick Johnson, and safeties CJ Wallace and Dashon Goldson, the latter becoming a two-time Pro Bowl selection during his 10 years in the NFL with four teams. Lake and Goldson narrowly missed being reunited as a player and coach with the Tampa Bay Bucs by one season.