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{{Infobox college coach
| name = Chris Ault
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|name=Chris Ault
| image = Christ Ault Reno Navy Week Sept 16, 2009.jpg
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|image=Christ Ault Reno Navy Week Sept 16, 2009.jpg
| caption = Ault in September 2009
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| birth_date = {{birth date and age|1946|11|8}}
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|caption=Ault in September 2009
| birth_place = [[San Bernardino, California]]
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|current_title=
| death_date =
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|current_team=
| sport = [[American football|Football]]
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|current_conference=
| current_team = [[Kansas City Chiefs]]
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|current_record=
| current_title = Consultant
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|contract=
| current_record = 233–109–1<!--As of December 15, 2012-->
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|birth_date={{birth date and age|1946|11|8}}
| overall_record = 233–109–1<!--As of December 15, 2012-->
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|birth_place=[[San Bernardino, California|San Bernardino]], [[California]], [[United States|U.S.]]
| bowl_record = 2–8<!--As of December 15, 2012-->
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|death_date=
| awards = 1991 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year<br />6 Times Conference Coach of the Year
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|death_place=
| championships =
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|alma_mater=[[St. Catherine's Academy]]<br>[[University of Nevada, Reno]]
| CFbDWID = 72
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|player_years1=1965–1968
| player_years = 1965–1968
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|player_team1=[[Nevada Wolf Pack football|Nevada]]
| player_teams = [[University of Nevada, Reno|Nevada]]
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|player_positions=[[Quarterback]]
| player_positions = Quarterback
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|coach_years1=1968
| coach_years = 1968<br>1969-1971<br>1972<br>1973-1975<br>1976–1992<br />1994–1995<br />2004–2012<br />2013
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|coach_team1=[[Churchill County High School|Fallon (NV) Churchill County HS]] (assistant)
| coach_teams = [[Churchill County High School|Churchill County HS]] (asst.)<br>[[Bishop Manogue High School|Bishop Manogue HS]]<br>[[Reno High School|Reno HS]]<br>[[UNLV Rebels football|UNLV]] (asst)<br>[[Nevada Wolf Pack football|Nevada]]<br>Nevada<br>Nevada<br>[[Kansas City Chiefs]] (consultant)
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|coach_years2=1969–1971
| admin_years =1986-2004
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|coach_team2=[[Bishop Manogue High School|Reno (NV) Bishop Manogue HS]]
| admin_teams =[[University of Nevada, Reno|Nevada]]
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|coach_years3=1972
| CFBHOF_year = 2002
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|coach_team3=[[Reno High School|Reno (NV) HS]]
| CFBHOF_id = 80037
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|coach_years4=1973–1975
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|coach_team4=[[UNLV Rebels football|UNLV]] (assistant)
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|coach_years5=1976–1992
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|coach_team5=[[Nevada Wolf Pack football|Nevada]]
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|coach_years6=1994–1995
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|coach_team6=Nevada
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|coach_years7=2004–2012
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|coach_team7=Nevada
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|coach_years8=2013–2015
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|coach_team8=[[Kansas City Chiefs]] (consultant)
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|coach_years9=2016–2017
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|coach_team9=[[Rhinos Milano]]
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|admin_years1=1986–2004
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|admin_team1=[[Nevada Wolf Pack|Nevada]]
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|overall_record=234–108–1 (college)
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|bowl_record=2–8
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|tournament_record=9–7 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
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|championships=4 [[Big Sky Conference|Big Sky]] (1983, 1986, 1990–1991)<br>3 [[Big West Conference|Big West]] (1992, 1994–1995)<br>2 [[Western Athletic Conference|WAC]] (2005, 2010)
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|awards=[[Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year]] (1991)<br>4x [[Big Sky Conference|Big Sky Coach of the Year]] (1983, 1986, 1990–1991)
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|CFBHOF_year=2002
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|CFBHOF_id=2060
 
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'''Chris Ault''' (born November 8, 1946) is the former [[college football]] [[head coach]] of the [[University of Nevada, Reno|University of Nevada]] [[Nevada Wolf Pack football|Wolf Pack]] and currently a consultant for the [[Kansas City Chiefs]]. He was inducted into the [[College Football Hall of Fame]] in 2002, seven years after his first retirement from coaching in 1995.
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'''Christopher Thomas Ault''' (born November 8, 1946) is a former [[American football]] player, coach and athletic director. He served three stints at the head football coach at the [[University of Nevada, Reno]] (1976–1992, 1994–1995, and 2004–2012), leading the [[Nevada Wolf Pack football|Nevada Wolf Pack]] to a record of 234–108–1 over 28 seasons and guiding the program from the NCAA's [[NCAA Division II|Division II]] to [[NCAA Division I|Division I-AA]] in 1978 and then to Division I-A in 1992. Ault was also the [[athletic director]] at Nevada from 1986 to 2004. He was the school's starting [[quarterback]] from 1965 to 1968. He is a former consultant for the [[Kansas City Chiefs]] of the [[National Football League]] (NFL). Ault was inducted into the [[College Football Hall of Fame]] as a coach in 2002, seven years after his first retirement from coaching in 1995.
   
Ault won his 200th college football game October 9, 2009 when his [[2009 Nevada Wolf Pack football team|Wolf Pack]] beat [[2009 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team|Louisiana Tech]] 37–14.
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==Coaching career==
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After the 2004 season, Ault fired head coach [[Chris Tormey]]. He named himself as the replacement three days later, with the approval of school president John Lilley and the Nevada Board of Regents.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20031204&slug=grid04|title=Nevada AD Ault succeeds Tormey|date=December 4, 2003|work=[[The Seattle Times]]|accessdate=}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://nevadasagebrush.com/blog/2007/09/25/ault-deserves-credit-for-coaching-accomplishments/|title=Ault deserves credit for coaching accomplishments|date=September 25, 2007|work=[[The Nevada Sagebrush]]|accessdate=|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20090926192216/http://nevadasagebrush.com/blog/2007/09/25/ault-deserves-credit-for-coaching-accomplishments/|archivedate=September 26, 2009|deadurl=yes}}</ref> A member of the university's faculty senate expressed concern at the perceived conflict of interest, especially because the salary of head football coach exceeded that of athletic director.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&q=cache:KURc4MzyJt4J:www.unr.edu/facultysenate/Meetings/Archives/03-04/12.10.03min.pdf+chris+ault+tormey&hl=en&gl=us|title=2003-04 Faculty Senate minutes|date=December 10, 2003|work=[[University of Nevada, Reno]]|accessdate=}}{{Dead link|date=December 2016}}</ref>
Ault is credited as the creator of the "[[Pistol offense|Pistol Offense]]," which he instituted at Nevada in 2005. Since becoming the primary offense for Nevada, the Pistol has been used by other schools across the country. The [[San Francisco 49ers]] began employing the pistol offense with the emergence of former Nevada quarterback [[Colin Kaepernick]]. The [[Pittsburgh Steelers]] have also been seen using the Pistol from time to time. Since installing the Pistol, Nevada has won shares of two WAC titles—in 2005 (with [[Boise State Broncos football|Boise State]]) and [[2010 Nevada Wolf Pack football team|2010]] (with [[2010 Boise State Broncos football team|Boise State]] and [[2010 Hawaii Warriors football team|Hawai{{okina}}i]]).
 
   
Ault previously served as head coach from 1976 to 1992 and from 1994 to 1995, guiding the Wolf Pack from [[Division II (NCAA)|Division II]] to [[Football Championship Subdivision|Division I-AA]] to Division I-A. He also served as Nevada's athletic director from 1986 to 2004, and was the school's starting quarterback from 1965 to 1967.
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Ault is credited as the creator of the "[[Pistol offense|Pistol Offense]]", which he instituted at Nevada in 2004. Since becoming the primary offense for Nevada, the Pistol has been used by other schools across the country. The [[San Francisco 49ers]] began employing the pistol offense with the emergence of former Nevada quarterback [[Colin Kaepernick]]. Since installing the Pistol, Nevada has won shares of two WAC titles—in 2005 (with [[Boise State Broncos football|Boise State]]) and [[2010 Nevada Wolf Pack football team|2010]] (with [[2010 Boise State Broncos football team|Boise State]] and [[2010 Hawaii Warriors football team|Hawaii]]).
   
After the 2004 season, Ault fired head coach [[Chris Tormey]]. He named himself as the replacement three days later, with the approval of school president John Lilley and the Nevada Board of Regents.<ref>[http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20031204&slug=grid04 Nevada AD Ault succeeds Tormey], ''[[The Seattle Times]]'', December 4, 2003.</ref><ref>[http://nevadasagebrush.com/blog/2007/09/25/ault-deserves-credit-for-coaching-accomplishments/ Ault deserves credit for coaching accomplishments], ''[[The Nevada Sagebrush]]'', September 25, 2007.</ref> A member of the university's faculty senate expressed concern at the perceived conflict of interest, especially since the salary of the head football coach exceeds that of athletic director.<ref>[http://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&q=cache:KURc4MzyJt4J:www.unr.edu/facultysenate/Meetings/Archives/03-04/12.10.03min.pdf+chris+ault+tormey&hl=en&gl=us 2003-04 Faculty Senate minutes], University of Nevada, Reno, December 10, 2003.</ref>
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Ault won his 200th college football game October 9, 2009 when his [[2009 Nevada Wolf Pack football team|Wolf Pack]] beat [[2009 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team|Louisiana Tech]], 37–14.
   
On December 28, 2012; Ault announced his retirement, effective at the end of the year. In an emotional press conference, Ault said the time had come to pass the program to a new coach.<ref>[http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8788306/chris-ault-retires-coach-nevada-wolf-pack Nevada coach Chris Ault retires]. [[ESPN]], 2012-12-28.</ref> He had spent 41 years--all but seven years of his adult life--at Nevada as a player, coach or administrator.
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On December 28, 2012, Ault announced his retirement, effective at the end of the year. In an emotional press conference, Ault said the time had come to pass the program to a new coach.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/8788306/chris-ault-retires-coach-nevada-wolf-pack|title=Nevada coach Chris Ault retires]|date=December 28, 2012|work=[[ESPN]]|accessdate=}}</ref> He had spent 41 years―all but seven years of his adult life―at Nevada as a player, coach or administrator.
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On September 17, 2015, [[Rhinos Milano]] announced Ault as new head coach for the 2016 season.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.rhinos.it/2015/09/17/una-leggenda-alla-guida-dei-rhinos-chris-ault/|title=Una leggenda alla guida dei Rhinos: Chris Ault!|date=September 17, 2015|publisher=[[Rhinos Milano]]|accessdate=}}</ref> On July 9, 2016, he won his first [[Italian Football League]] Italian Bowl after an undefeated season and a 13 games win streak.
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==Education and family==
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Ault graduated from [[St. Catherine's Academy]] in [[Anaheim, California|Anaheim]], [[California]], graduated from [[University of Nevada, Reno]] with a [[bachelor's degree]] in education in 1968 and went on to complete an [[Master of Business Administration|M.B.A.]] in 1971. He is married to Kathy Ault and has three children: Lisa, Chris Jr. and Amy.
   
 
==Head coaching record==
 
==Head coaching record==
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| name = [[Nevada Wolf Pack football|Nevada Wolf Pack]]
 
| name = [[Nevada Wolf Pack football|Nevada Wolf Pack]]
| conf = NCAA Division II Independent
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| conf = [[NCAA Division II independent schools|NCAA Division II independent]]
 
| startyear = 1976
 
| startyear = 1976
 
| endyear = 1977
 
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| year = [[1976 NCAA Division II football season|1976]]
 
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| overall = 8–3
 
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| name = [[Nevada Wolf Pack football|Nevada Wolf Pack]]
| conf = NCAA Division I-AA Independent
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| overall = 6–4–1
 
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| conference = 6–1
 
| confstanding = 1st
 
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| year = [[1990 NCAA Division I-AA football season|1990]]
 
| year = [[1990 NCAA Division I-AA football season|1990]]
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| name = [[1990 Nevada Wolf Pack football team|Nevada]]
 
| overall = 13–2
 
| overall = 13–2
 
| conference = 7–1
 
| conference = 7–1
 
| confstanding = 1st
 
| confstanding = 1st
| bowlname = [[NCAA Division I Football Championship|NCAA Division I-AA Runner-Up]]
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== Personal ==
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==Coaching tree==
Ault graduated from St. Catherine's Military School;graduated from Nevada with a [[bachelor's degree]] in Education in 1968 and went on to complete an [[Master of Business Administration|MBA]] in 1971. He is married to Kathy Ault, and has three children: Lisa, Chris Jr., and Amy.
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Head coach under whom Chris Ault has played:
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* [[Dick Trachok]]: [[Nevada Wolf Pack football|Nevada]] (1965–1968)
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Head coaches under whom Chris Ault has served:
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* [[Ron Meyer]]: [[UNLV Rebels football|UNLV]] (1973–1975)
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* [[Andy Reid]]: [[Kansas City Chiefs]] (2013–2015)
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Assistants under Chris Ault who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:
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* [[Nigel Burton]]: [[Portland State Vikings football|Portland State]] (2010–2014)
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* [[Tim DeRuyter]]: [[Fresno State Bulldogs football|Fresno State]] (2012–2016)
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* [[Jeff Horton]]: Nevada (1993), UNLV (1994–1998) and [[Minnesota Golden Gophers football|Minnesota]] (2010)
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* [[Bobby Petrino]]: [[Louisville Cardinals football|Louisville]] (2003–2006 and 2014–2018), [[Atlanta Falcons]] (2007), [[Arkansas Razorbacks football|Arkansas]] (2008–2011) and [[Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football|Western Kentucky]] (2013)
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* [[Nick Rolovich]]: [[Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football|Hawaii]] (2016–present)
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* [[James Spady]]: [[Alabama A&M Bulldogs football|Alabama A&M]] (2014–2017)
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* [[John L. Smith]]: [[Idaho Vandals football|Idaho]] (1989–1994), [[Utah State Aggies football|Utah State]] (1995–1997), [[Louisville Cardinals football|Louisville]] (1998–2002), [[Michigan State Spartans football|Michigan State]] (2003–2006) and [[Arkansas Razorbacks football|Arkansas]] (2012)
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* [[Jeff Tisdel]]: Nevada (1996–1999) and [[Sierra College|Sierra JC]] (2000–2005 and 2007–2012)
   
 
==See also==
 
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==References==
 
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==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/ault_chris01.html Nevada profile]
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Chris Ault
File:Christ Ault Reno Navy Week Sept 16, 2009.jpg
Ault in September 2009
Biographical details
Born (1946-11-08) November 8, 1946 (age 73)
San Bernardino, California, U.S.
Alma materSt. Catherine's Academy
University of Nevada, Reno
Playing career
Position(s)Quarterback
Head coaching record
Overall234–108–1 (college)
Bowls2–8
Tournaments9–7 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
4 Big Sky (1983, 1986, 1990–1991)
3 Big West (1992, 1994–1995)
2 WAC (2005, 2010)
Awards
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1991)
4x Big Sky Coach of the Year (1983, 1986, 1990–1991)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2002 (profile)

Christopher Thomas Ault (born November 8, 1946) is a former American football player, coach and athletic director. He served three stints at the head football coach at the University of Nevada, Reno (1976–1992, 1994–1995, and 2004–2012), leading the Nevada Wolf Pack to a record of 234–108–1 over 28 seasons and guiding the program from the NCAA's Division II to Division I-AA in 1978 and then to Division I-A in 1992. Ault was also the athletic director at Nevada from 1986 to 2004. He was the school's starting quarterback from 1965 to 1968. He is a former consultant for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). Ault was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2002, seven years after his first retirement from coaching in 1995.

Coaching career

After the 2004 season, Ault fired head coach Chris Tormey. He named himself as the replacement three days later, with the approval of school president John Lilley and the Nevada Board of Regents.[1][2] A member of the university's faculty senate expressed concern at the perceived conflict of interest, especially because the salary of head football coach exceeded that of athletic director.[3]

Ault is credited as the creator of the "Pistol Offense", which he instituted at Nevada in 2004. Since becoming the primary offense for Nevada, the Pistol has been used by other schools across the country. The San Francisco 49ers began employing the pistol offense with the emergence of former Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Since installing the Pistol, Nevada has won shares of two WAC titles—in 2005 (with Boise State) and 2010 (with Boise State and Hawaii).

Ault won his 200th college football game October 9, 2009 when his Wolf Pack beat Louisiana Tech, 37–14.

On December 28, 2012, Ault announced his retirement, effective at the end of the year. In an emotional press conference, Ault said the time had come to pass the program to a new coach.[4] He had spent 41 years―all but seven years of his adult life―at Nevada as a player, coach or administrator.

On September 17, 2015, Rhinos Milano announced Ault as new head coach for the 2016 season.[5] On July 9, 2016, he won his first Italian Football League Italian Bowl after an undefeated season and a 13 games win streak.

Education and family

Ault graduated from St. Catherine's Academy in Anaheim, California, graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor's degree in education in 1968 and went on to complete an M.B.A. in 1971. He is married to Kathy Ault and has three children: Lisa, Chris Jr. and Amy.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Nevada Wolf Pack (NCAA Division II independent) (1976–1977)
1976 Nevada 8–3
1977 Nevada 8–3
Nevada Wolf Pack (NCAA Division I-AA independent) (1978)
1978 Nevada 11–1 L NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal
Nevada Wolf Pack (Big Sky Conference) (1979–1991)
1979 Nevada 8–4 5–2 2nd L NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal
1980 Nevada 6–4–1 4–3 T–2nd
1981 Nevada 7–4 4–3 T–4th
1982 Nevada 6–5 3–4 T–5th
1983 Nevada 9–5 6–1 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal
1984 Nevada 7–4 5–2 2nd
1985 Nevada 11–2 6–1 2nd L NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal
1986 Nevada 13–1 7–0 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal
1987 Nevada 5–6 4–4 T–4th
1988 Nevada 7–4 4–4 T–4th
1989 Nevada 7–4 5–3 T–3rd
1990 Nevada 13–2 7–1 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Championship
1991 Nevada 12–1 8–0 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal
Nevada Wolf Pack (Big West Conference) (1992)
1992 Nevada 7–5 5–1 1st L Las Vegas
Nevada Wolf Pack (Big West Conference) (1994–1995)
1994 Nevada 9–2 6–1 T–1st
1995 Nevada 9–3 7–0 1st L Las Vegas
Nevada Wolf Pack (Western Athletic Conference) (2004–2011)
2004 Nevada 5–7 3–5 T–6th
2005 Nevada 9–3 7–1 T–1st W Hawaii
2006 Nevada 8–5 5–3 T–3rd L MPC Computers
2007 Nevada 6–7 4–4 T–4th L New Mexico
2008 Nevada 7–6 5–3 T–2nd L Humanitarian
2009 Nevada 8–5 7–1 2nd L Hawaii
2010 Nevada 13–1 7–1 T–1st W Kraft Fight Hunger 13 11
2011 Nevada 7–6 5–2 T–2nd L Hawaii
Nevada Wolf Pack (Mountain West Conference) (2012)
2012 Nevada 7–6 4–4 5th L New Mexico
Nevada: 233–109–1 133–53
Total: 233–109–1
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Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

Coaching tree

Head coach under whom Chris Ault has played:

Head coaches under whom Chris Ault has served:

Assistants under Chris Ault who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:

See also

References

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