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Thursday, July 21, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

Gilbertson gets position with Hawks

Seattle Times staff reporter

Keith Gilbertson Sr. picked up his local newspaper yesterday and nearly dropped it in his morning coffee when he read that his son, former Washington football coach Keith Gilbertson, would work next season for the Seahawks.

"I was happy for him because he doesn't have anything else," Gilbertson Sr. said.

Gilbertson Sr. said he plans on offering his son congratulations the next time they talk. And although the hiring isn't official yet, sources confirmed the Everett Herald report that Gilbertson is expected to be named an offensive consultant for the Seahawks. Presumably, he will give insight to offensive coordinator Gil Haskell and coach Mike Holmgren.

Gilbertson is best remembered for his two-year stint as coach of the Huskies. He replaced the embattled Rick Neuheisel in 2003 and led the Huskies to a 6-6 season. The Huskies were 1-10 last season.

Gilbertson, a former coach at California and Idaho, won't move far from his local roots. He graduated from Snohomish High School in 1966, went to college at Central Washington and Western Washington and started coaching at UW as a graduate assistant to Don James in 1976.

Gilbertson coached as a Seahawks assistant from 1996 to 1998 under Dennis Erickson.

"He hasn't been off much over time," Gilbertson Sr. said. "It's good for him that he keeps his hand in and doesn't miss a season. It'll be good for him football-wise. I mean, he has an opportunity to go back to work next week."

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