December 11, 2007

Eastern Congratulates Wulff as the Process for Finding his Replacement Begins

Dec. 11, 2007

Eastern Washington University and athletic director Bill Chaves will move along as "quickly as we can" to find a new head football coach, but Chaves wants to spend a day "celebrating" Paul Wulff before moving along in the search process.

Wulff was officially introduced Tuesday (Dec. 11) afternoon as the new head coach at Washington State University where he played football and graduated from in 1990. Wulff has been at Eastern for the past 15 seasons, including the past eight as head coach.

"We wish Paul and his family all the best as he starts an exciting new journey," said Chaves. "He has done a fantastic job over the past 15 years at Eastern and I know this decision was extremely difficult for him. But today is a day for Paul and his family to celebrate, and for us to celebrate along with him."

Eastern Washington University President Rodolfo Arévalo also passed along his congratulations to Wulff and thanked him for his 15-year commitment to the EWU football program.

"The recent playoff success reflects not only the quality of student athletes we have at Eastern, but that the football program is on solid footing," said Arévalo, who attended many of EWU's games, including the team's season-ending, 38-35 playoff loss at Appalachian State. "In picking a successor, I'm confident that Bill Chaves will select someone to help continue Eastern's winning tradition."

Wulff guided Eastern to a 53-40 record as head coach, including three NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoff berths in the last four seasons. Eastern advanced to the quarterfinals twice, including the 2007 season as EWU finished 9-4 after a 3-8 finish the year before. A three-time Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year (2001, 2004, 2005), Wulff is one of 16 finalists for the 2007 Eddie Robinson Award given to the FCS Coach of the Year.

"Our program is in excellent shape with a young nucleus returning after our quarterfinal finish this year," said Chaves. "Our future is extremely bright for a new coach to come in and keep us competing at a very high level."

No timetable or list of candidates will be released to the public during the search. Chaves said he will be unavailable for comment until the announcement of the new head coach.

"We will move the search as quickly as we can, making sure we adhere to all hiring guidelines," Chaves said. "We will methodically assess a number of candidates with the intention of hiring the best fit for Eastern Football."

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