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Keith Heyward has joined the Washington football coaching staff as defensive backs coach, Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian announced today.
Heyward comes to Washington after having served the past four seasons on the coaching staff at his alma mater, Oregon State, where he was the Beavers' secondary coach.
"Keith is a bright, young coach and a terrific recruiter," Sarkisian said. "I think he'll be a great fit with our new defensive staff, in particular Justin Wilcox, our new coordinator."
Prior to joining the OSU staff in 2008, Heyward has spent one season (2007) as an assistant at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the two seasons prior to that as a graduate assistant at Oregon State.
In 2011, Heyward coached second-team All-Pac-12 cornerback Jordan Poyer, as well as safety Lance Mitchell, who earned honorable mention all-conference.
In his first season in charge of the secondary in Corvallis (2008), he coached cornerbacks Brandon Hughes and Keenan Lewis, currently with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively.
A four-year letterman (1997-2000) for the Beavers, Heyward earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 following his senior season and played in the Hula Bowl. He started 35 consecutive games at cornerback for the Beavers and finished his career with a 41-9 victory over Notre Dame in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl, a win that capped an 11-1 season for OSU.
Following his college career, Heyward played professionally for the BC Lions in the CFL, the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe and the L.A. Avengers in the Arena League. He also spent time in training camps with the 49ers and Seahawks in the NFL.
Heyward, who graduated from Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., earned his degree in communications from OSU in 2002.