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When he was hired, Sarkisian immediately set a new tone for the team and completely changed the atmosphere into something more recognizable for long-time Husky fans.
Sarkisian has embraced the rich history of Washington and has tried to make that past part of the present by bringing in more and more ex-husky stars to be around the team. Also, Sarkisian has opened up the practices to the public, allowing everyone to get a glimpse of what he and his staff are working on.
This sort of integration would seem to be common sense, but former head coach Tyrone Willingham wanted no part of it.
Sarkisian has hit the recruiting trail at full force and has made Washington a player again for the quality recruits from southern California. He has improved the numbers at key positions and, most importantly, he has ,increased his win total the first two seasons at Washington.
Sarkisian is a young head coach who is still learning, but there is no doubt that he has generated a great deal of excitement around the program and has made Washington relevant again.
And while next year may be his biggest test yet as a head coach, Sarkisian has recruited and improved the overall talent level on the team, so, despite losing Locker and Mason Foster, he is facing his biggest challenge with his best squad thus far.