Kyle Washington to serve as SAU’s offensive coordinator

Third-year head coach Brad Smiley has announced that Kyle Washington has been hired as Southern Arkansas' Offensive Coordinator. The official announcement was made on February 15. Washington, who brings experience at the Division I and Division II levels to Magnolia, takes over for Andrew Rice who left the program in December to become the head coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State.

"Kyle Washington is a rising star in our business. He has vast knowledge of the quarterback position and our young QB room will benefit greatly from his experience," noted Smiley. "Every former player of his, and coach he played for or coached with were certain that our players will love his energy. I'm certain that his approach to football and building relationships will help us continue to put up great offensive numbers and chase greatness."

Washington joins Smiley's staff in Magnolia after serving as the quarterbacks coach at Northwestern State for the past two seasons. While in Natchitoches, Washington helped the Demon offense average 346.2 yards per game over 17 games. The NSU quarterbacks averaged 238 yards through the air and accounted for 25 passing touchdowns.

Prior to the start of the 2022 season, Washington was invited to participate in the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship with the Indianapolis Colts in July and August of that year.

Washington, a standout quarterback at Angelo State, has also served as the offensive coordinator at Franklin Pierce, a Division II school in New Hampshire.

With Washington on staff, the Ravens saw their offense enjoy an increase of 148 yards per game and an additional 115 rushing yards per game upon his arrival. While coaching quarterbacks and running backs in addition to his coordinator duties, Washington helped running back EJ Burgess rank fifth nationally in all-purpose yards per game (161.5) while earning All-Super Region One first-team acclaim and Northeast 10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Washington spent the 2019 season as an offensive quality control coach at McNeese State, focusing on quarterbacks. While with the Cowboys, Washington oversaw video breakdowns of opposing defenses, conducted individual drills for Cowboy quarterbacks and implemented the scheme for the scout team defense.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant working with running backs at his alma mater Angelo State in 2016 and 2017.

During his playing career at Angelo State, Washington was a semifinalist for the Harlan Hill Trophy - the Division II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy as a junior in 2014. In his senior season, Washington quarterbacked a Rams offense that led Division II with an average of 560 yards per game, producing an average of 411 yards per game himself. He earned his second straight All-American nod from that season and repeated as the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

A three-time All-LSC honoree and three-time team captain, Washington helped lead Angelo State to a Lone Star Conference Playoff championship and a berth in the 2014 Division II national playoffs. He was the San Angelo Standard Times' Sportsman of the Year in 2014 and made the first of two appearances on the Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Team. In 2013, Washington became the first ASU player to throw for more than 2,000 yards and rush for more than 1,000 yards in the same season.

His Angelo State career made him the Most Valuable Player on the Standard Times' All-Decade Team, selected in 2020. At the conclusion of his career at ASU, Washington owned every significant career passing record in Ram annals, including completions (766), yards (9485), yards per game (225.8), touchdowns (84) and completion percentage (61.6%).

Following his decorated college career, Washington participated in rookie mini-camp with the Philadelphia Eagles and was a training camp participant with the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders.

A native of Humble, Texas, Washington earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Angelo State in 2014 and received his Masters of Education in Coaching, Sport, Recreation and Fitness Administration from ASU in 2016.

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