Tapping their roots

Posted Jan 18, 2011

To replace departing coaches Dan Quinn and Jerry Gray, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley have turned to Todd Wash, Kris Richard and Rocky Seto.

The Seahawks have dipped into the pasts of defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as well as coach Pete Carroll to fill two of the vacancies on their coach staff.

Todd Wash has been named defensive line coach to replace Dan Quinn, who has left to become defensive coordinator at the University of Florida. Rocky Seto and Kris Richard will coach the defensive backs, replacing Jerry Gray who is leaving to become assistant head coach/defensive backs coach at the University of Texas, his alma mater.

It also was announced that offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates had been relieved of his duties after one season with the team.

Wash, 42, comes to the Seahawks after four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – just like Bradley, when he was hired two years ago. Before that, Wash was at North Dakota State – just like Bradley, before he joined the Bucs.

Between his stints at North Dakota State (2002-03 and 2005-06), Wash was defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Missouri Southern. With the Bucs, he was a quality control coach in 2007 and the D-line coach the past three seasons.

Bradley was at North Dakota State from 1996-2005 and also joined the Bucs as a quality control coach in 2006 before being promoted to linebackers coach in 2007-08.

Richard, the assistant defensive backs coach under Gray, played and coached for Carroll at USC; and also was a cornerback for the Seahawks for three seasons (2002-04). For more on Richard, check this feature from the archives of

Seto, a defensive quality control coach for the Seahawks this season, has been a graduate assistant and coached the safeties, linebackers and secondary for Carroll at USC. Seto also was the Trojans’ defensive coordinator in 2009. For more on Seto, check this feature from the archives of