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The Husky football team started rebuilding its defensive staff by hiring Justin Wilcox as its new defensive coordinator, Peter Sirmon as linebackers coach, Keith Heyward as defensive backs coach and Tosh Lupoi as defensive line coach. They were hired after defensive coordinator Nick Holt, linebackers coach Mike Cox and safeties coach Jeff Mills were let go after the Alamo Bowl. Wilcox and Sirmon both played at Oregon and have strong ties to the West Coast.

Senior women’s soccer team captain Kate Deines, who was named to the NSCAA All-Pacific Region First Team, was drafted by the Atlanta Beat of the Women’s Professional Soccer League.

Senior middle blocker Bianca Rowland was named to the All-America Second Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Krista Vansant was named Freshman of the Year by the AVCA All-Pacific Region Team.

Men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar enjoyed two milestones recently. A Jan. 21 victory over Stanford gave him his 300th career coaching victory; a win over UC Santa Barbara in December made him the third men’s basketball coach at the UW to win 200 games. Hec Edmundson (488 wins) and Marv Harshman (246) are the others.

Junior Chris Williams was named the Pacific Northwest Golf Association 2011 men’s player of the year. Williams won two major amateur championships and was selected to the prestigious Walker Cup and Palmer Cup teams in 2011.

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was named to the first team of three Freshman All-America squads and the second team on another. He was a first-team Freshman All-America by College Football News and FoxSportsNext while making the second team from Yahoo. Teammate Kasen Williams, a wide receiver, earned honorable mention from College Football News.

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