Pair Brings a Combined 56 Years of Experience, Including 31 Bowl Games, to the Pirate Program
Pat Washington, a 23-year collegiate coaching veteran who has helped lead five programs to a combined 15 bowl appearances, joined the East Carolina staff on January 6, 2012 as run game coordinator and outside receivers coach after three seasons as running backs coach at Conference USA rival Southern Miss.
His deep backfield played a key role in Southern Miss' journey to the Conference USA title in 2011, leading the league and standing 20th nationally in rushing with a 205.1 yards-per-game average. Washington's efforts, which included the oversight of six single-game 100-yard ground performances by four players, complimented a steady passing attack that enabled the Golden Eagles to rank 17th in total offense and 14th in scoring offense at the FBS level.
In his second season in Hattiesburg, Washington was tasked with replacing Southern Miss all-time leading rusher Damion Fletcher. He responded by producing a talented and successful three-pronged approach that finished 20th nationally by averaging over 200 yards per game.
Washington kept a significant USM streak alive during his first campaign when he helped Fletcher eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive year and pass LaDanian Tomlinson for eighth all-time on the FBS rushing yards chart.
Washington began his coaching career by working two seasons as a graduate assistant at alma mater Auburn in 1987 and 1988, before putting in three years (1989-91) at Louisiana-Lafayette as wide receivers coach. He then moved to TCU for a pair of seasons as quarterbacks and receivers coach in 1992 and 1993.
After a year at Baylor (1994) as its running backs coach, Washington had an opportunity to return to the Southeastern Conference as Tennessee's receivers coach in 1995 - a position he would hold for 11 seasons under head coach Phillip Fulmer. During his time in Knoxville, he coached a strong squad of celebrated pass catchers, including Donte' Stallworth, Cedrick Wilson, Peerless Price, Marcus Nash and Joey Kent.
Washington produced 11 National Football League draft picks while with the Volunteers, including First-Team All-SEC selections Kent and Nash. Those two players, along with Wilson and Price, are the top four names on UT's career receiving list. Washington helped guide Tennessee to 10 bowl games in his 11 seasons there, including three Citrus Bowls, two Fiesta, Peach and Cotton Bowls, and one Orange Bowl appearance.
The Volunteers also captured the 1998 SEC Championship Game over Mississippi State before defeating Florida State 23-16 to win the 1999 Fiesta Bowl and complete an undefeated, national championship season. Following his stint at UT, Washington spent a season at Kansas State (2006) where the Wildcats recorded a 7-5 season and earned a postseason invitation to the Texas Bowl against Rutgers.
Additionally, he was with Auburn for back-to-back Sugar Bowls in 1988 and 1989, assisted at Baylor during its 1994 Alamo Bowl appearance and helped guide the Mississippi State to a Liberty Bowl victory in 2007.
Washington, a native of Mobile, Ala., enjoyed a four-year playing career at Auburn where he was the program's starting quarterback as a junior and senior in 1984 and 1985. The Tigers went to bowl games during all four seasons, which included the 1982 Tangerine Bowl, 1984 Sugar Bowl, 1984 Liberty Bowl and 1986 Cotton Bowl. His 1985 teammate, Bo Jackson, garnered the Heisman Trophy that year to help Washington compile a 17-8 mark as the Tigers' top signal-caller. He graduated from Auburn in 1987 with a degree in management.
Washington, 48, and his wife, Claudette, have two sons - Tyson and Justin.