Chris Ault
File:Christ Ault Reno Navy Week Sept 16, 2009.jpg
Ault in September 2009
Current position
TeamKansas City Chiefs
Biographical details
Born (1946-11-08) November 8, 1946 (age 74)
San Bernardino, California
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Churchill County HS (asst.)
Bishop Manogue HS
Reno HS
UNLV (asst)
Kansas City Chiefs (consultant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1991 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
6 Times Conference Coach of the Year
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2002 (profile)

Chris Ault (born November 8, 1946) is the former college football head coach of the University of Nevada 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.

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

Ault is credited as the creator of the "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) and 2010 (with Boise State and Hawaiʻi).

Ault previously served as head coach from 1976 to 1992 and from 1994 to 1995, guiding the Wolf Pack from Division II to 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.

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 since the salary of the head football coach exceeds that of athletic director.[3]

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.

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 NCAA Division I-AA Semifinals
Nevada Wolf Pack (Big Sky Conference) (1979–1991)
1979 Nevada 8–4 5–2 2nd NCAA Division I-AA Semifinals
1980 Nevada 6–4–1 4–3
1981 Nevada 7–4 4–3
1982 Nevada 6–5 3–4
1983 Nevada 9–5 6–1 1st NCAA Division I-AA Semifinals
1984 Nevada 7–4 5–2
1985 Nevada 11–2 6–1 2nd NCAA Division I-AA Semifinals
1986 Nevada 13–1 7–0 1st NCAA Division I-AA Semifinals
1987 Nevada 5–6 4–4
1988 Nevada 7–4 4–4
1989 Nevada 7–4 5–3
1990 Nevada 13–2 7–1 1st NCAA Division I-AA Runner-Up
1991 Nevada 12–1 8–0 1st NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinals
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
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.


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 MBA in 1971. He is married to Kathy Ault, and has three children: Lisa, Chris Jr., and Amy.

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