UK's hiring of receivers coach Pat Washington made official

February 27, 2012 

UK wide receivers coach Pat Washington

Kentucky officially hired Pat Washington as its wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Monday.

Washington replaces Tee Martin, who accepted a job coaching receivers at Southern Cal.

Reports had been out for the past week about Washington's hire, but UK was required to wait seven days after posting a position to announce a hiring.

A release from the school Monday afternoon made it official.

Washington, who coached at Tennessee for 11 seasons with current UK offensive coordinator Randy Sanders, was hired at East Carolina in January.

Sanders was highly complimentary of his former Vols colleague in UK's release announcing the hire.

"Pat has a lot of energy and expertise, and is an outstanding person," Sanders said. "He is also an excellent evaluator and recruiter, both in handling his recruiting territory and in evaluation of wide receivers."

While at UT, Washington coached several big-name receivers, including Joe Kent, Marcus Nash, Peerless Price, Cedrick Wilson, Donté Stallworth and Robert Meacham. All of them were first-round NFL Draft picks.

Kent, Nash, Wilson and Price are the top four pass catchers in Tennessee history.

Washington, who was a standout at Auburn, has coached at several schools since then, most recently at Southern Mississippi.

The 25-year coaching veteran said he was excited to join Coach Joker Phillips' staff at UK and be back in the SEC, where he's coached more than 15 seasons.

"I appreciate Coach Phillips giving me this opportunity," Washington said in the release. "I've had a strong relationship with Randy Sanders for a long time and I wanted to work with him again."

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