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Kalen DeBoer leaving Washington to be the new head coach at Alabama

Nick Saban’s replacement at Alabama will be Kalen DeBoer, who has spent the last two seasons as the head coach at Washington. DeBoer went 25-3 (16-2) with the Huskies, including a run to the CFP National Championship this past season after a perfect regular season and Pac-12 title.

“Coach DeBoer has proven he is a winner and has done an incredible job as a head coach at each of his stops,” said AD Greg Byrne. “One of the things I told our team the other day is we are going to get someone who is not only a great coach with the Xs and Os, but also someone who cares about his players and someone I’d want my sons to play for, just like I would have wanted them to play for Coach Saban. We got that in Coach DeBoer. He is ready to get to work, and we look forward to him leading the Alabama Crimson Tide football program for years to come. We are grateful to our leadership in President Stuart Bell, Chancellor Finis St. John and The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees for their support during this process.”

Before UW, DeBoer was the head coach (2020-21) and OC (2017-18) at Fresno State and the OC at Indiana (2019). He also spent five seasons leading his alma mater, Sioux Falls (SD), where he was 67-3 overall and won three NAIA National Championships.

“I have always had an incredible respect for Alabama football and its commitment to excellence,” DeBoer said. “The tradition-rich history of this program is unmatched across the landscape of college athletics, and I look forward to continuing that moving forward. Following Coach Saban is an honor. He has been the standard for college football, and his success is unprecedented. I would not have left Washington for just any school. The chance to lead the football program at The University of Alabama is the opportunity of a lifetime. My family and I feel truly blessed and look forward to becoming a part of the Tuscaloosa community.”


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