Kalen DeBoer led a remarkable run for UW Football and showed the world that we are capable of competing at the very highest level,” university president Ana Mari Cauce said in a statement. “We are disappointed that he chose to leave, but he has left us a strong foundation to build on, both on and off the field, and we wish him the best of luck at Alabama.”

DeBoer, hired in November 2021, guided the Huskies to an 11–2 record last season and a perfect 14–0 start in ‘23 before falling to Michigan in the national championship.

The 49-year-old heads to Tuscaloosa with just four seasons as an FBS head coach under his belt—two at Fresno State and two at Washington—along with a decorated career as an FBS coordinator and three NAIA championships at the University of Sioux Falls.

“DeBoer has been an outstanding leader of our football program and what he accomplished in two seasons on Montlake will forever be a part of our storied history,” Huskies athletic director Troy Dannen said in a statement. “We are sad to see him leave and we did all that we could to keep Kalen at UW.

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