Washington enters his second season as the defensive coordinator/defensive backs
coach at North Carolina A&T under head coach Rod Broadway. This is
Washington's second stint with the Aggies football program. Washington is
responsible for constructing the Aggies' defensive game plan and schemes, as
well as recruiting quality players to the program.
season, Washington led the way in turning A&T's defense from one of the worst
in the nation into one of the most feared. In 2011, the Aggies defense ranked
No. 1 in the MEAC in rush defense and was third overall in total defense.
Nationally, the Aggies 'D' ranked seventh in rush defense and eighth in total
secondary, cornerback Justin Ferrell earned first-team All-MEAC honors. Safety
Travis Crosby was the second-leading tackler on the team and Washington made
Terence Webb's transition from quarterback to cornerback a successful one. Also
on the defensive unit, linebacker D'Vonte Grant was a Jerry Rice Finalist for best
freshman in Division I FCS.
arriving at A&T, Washington spent four seasons as Grambling's defensive
backs coach under Broadway. Washington played a significant role in the Tigers'
dominating defense in 2007. Nationally, the Tigers ranked 12th in
total defense. During the next season, Washington's defensive backfield played
a vital role in Grambling being on of the most opportunistic defenses in the
the nation in turnover margin and were third in scoring defense. Defensive back
Desmond Lenard returned one interception for a touchdown and was ninth in the
nation in interceptions per game. Three other defensive backs raked among the
top 50 in interceptions per game that season.
Washington came to Grambling, he spent five years at his alma mater, Mississippi
Valley State. Washington served as an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator
in addition to his customary coaching of defensive backs.
In his first
season at MVSU, In his first season at MVSU, he transformed
the Delta Devils defense from one of the worst defenses in the SWAC into the
league’s No. 2 ranked defense. The 2002 season also saw the Delta Devils give
up 200 fewer yards than the previous season.
Washington spent one season (2001) as A&T's special teams
coordinator under then head coach Bill Hayes. Under Washington, the Aggies had
one of the best special teams seasons in school history. The Aggies led the
nation in punt return yardage per game with punt returner Curtis Deloatch
breaking the then NCAA record for punt returns for touchdowns in a single
season. Punter Yonnick Matthews was second in the MEAC in punting.
also spent eight seasons at N.C. Central as the school's assistant head coach and
defensive coordinator. Led by All-American Buddy Crutchfield, Adrian Jones and
current A&T assistant Trei Oliver in 1996, Washington put together one of
the best defensive backfields in Division II as the Eagles went 8-3 with the
best pass defense in the CIAA. In 1992, he began work at Johnson C. Smith. He
was named the assistant head football coach. His other duties included being
the defensive and special teams coordinator, the defensive backs coach and the
head track and field coach.
He served as
an assistant at Bethune-Cookman from 1987-92. At Bethune-Cookman, Washington
was a part of the staff that won a share of the 1988 MEAC Championship. In 1998,
he secured an internship with the NFL's Tampa Buccaneers under legendary coach
no stranger to the NFL. He spent four seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh
Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals. As a member of the Steelers, Washington
intercepted at least one pass in five consecutive games during the 1984 season.
earned a B.S., degree in physical education from MVSU in 1982. He was inducted into
the MVSU Hall of Fame in 2006. He and his wife, Donna, have one son, Jarvis.