December 17, 2008 in Sports

Sarkisian continues rebuilding

 

The overhaul of the University of Washington football program continued Tuesday with the announcement of two more new assistants under new head coach Steve Sarkisian.

Demetrice Martin, a former colleague of Sarkisian’s at Southern California, will coach the defensive backs, and Idaho line coach Johnny Nansen is the new special teams coach.

The defensive coordinator job remains open, and Sarkisian said he expects more staff announcements in the next week.

Sarkisian also confirmed that former California line coach, and Washington State player Jim Michalczik, was named offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, and Chris Tormey, who had been the Huskies’ linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator for five years, will not be retained.

So all of fired coach Tyrone Willingham’s staff is gone.

Michalczik was an offensive guard at Washington State and graduated in 1988.

Nansen comes to Washington after spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Idaho, where he coached the defensive line, linebackers and special teams.

Nansen played at Washington State as a linebacker from 1994-96.

The Huskies also announced the appointment of Jared Blank as director of player personnel. Blank moves to Washington from USC, where he has held the same position since 2007.

Men’s soccer

Whitworth senior forward Caleb Barnhill, the 2008 Northwest Conference offensive player of the year, was one of three Pirates named to the NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division III All-Far West Region second team.

Barnhill, who led the NWC in total points (28), point per game (1.4), total goals (13) and goals per game (.65), was joined on the second team by teammates John Prugh, a senior forward, and Bryan Olson, a junior defender.

The Bucs’ Travis Jette, a senior defender, and Elly Bulega, a junior forward, were named to the all-region third team.

Men’s basketball

David Riley’s 18 points led five players in double figures as Whitworth (6-1) ran away with an 89-53 exhibition win over visiting Red Deer (9-1) at the Whitworth Fieldhouse.

Riley shot 7 of 12 from the floor, including 4 of 7 on 3-pointers. Whitworth finished 11 of 24 from long range.

Nate Montgomery added 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Pirates.

Prep wrestling

Tyler Clark (112 pounds) scored a late takedown to defeat North Central’s Jared Derlinger in a meeting of state veterans and host University posted a 41-24 Greater Spokane League win over the Indians. NC’s Nathan Brown, third at state last year, defeated Brandon Byers 6-3 at 119 with a late takedown.

•Clarkston received pins from Zane Earl (171), Michael Gireth (215) and Devin Norland (285) during a 37-36 Great Northern League win over visiting Riverside.


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