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Originally published Friday, January 21, 2011 at 6:28 PM

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Tormey back in Palouse at WSU

Chris Tormey back in the Palouse to coach the WSU linebackers.

Spokane native Chris Tormey will join Washington State's football staff as linebackers coach, according to a report in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and confirmed by WSU athletic department sources Friday.

Tormey, who played at Gonzaga Prep and Idaho (where he was an All-Big Sky linebacker), will replace Travis Niekamp, who took a new position in the football offices.

The 55-year-old Tormey has coached the University of Hawaii's special teams and safeties for the past two seasons.

Before that, he served three stints as an assistant at Washington, including a season as coach Jim Lambright's defensive coordinator in the early 1990s.

Tormey left that spot to become Idaho's head coach, where he posted a 33-23 record and led the Vandals to a Humanitarian Bowl victory in 1998.

From Idaho he moved to Nevada, where he was 16-31 in four seasons.

After being replaced at Nevada, Tormey returned to Washington under coach Tyrone Willingham, where he coached linebackers and was recruiting coordinator.

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