Ault in September 2009
|Born||November 8, 1946|
San Bernardino, California, U.S.
|Alma mater|| St. Catherine's Academy |
University of Nevada, Reno
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1968||Fallon (NV) Churchill County HS (assistant)|
|1969–1971||Reno (NV) Bishop Manogue HS|
|1972||Reno (NV) HS|
|2013–2015||Kansas City Chiefs (consultant)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||9–7 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|4 Big Sky (1983, 1986, 1990–1991)|
3 Big West (1992, 1994–1995)
2 WAC (2005, 2010)
| 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.
American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.
The University of Nevada, Reno is a public research university located in Reno, Nevada. Founded October 12, 1874, Nevada is the sole land grant institution for the state of Nevada.
The Nevada Wolf Pack football program represents the University of Nevada, Reno in college football. The Wolf Pack competes in the Mountain West Conference at the Football Bowl Subdivision level of the NCAA Division I.
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.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.
Christopher Joseph Tormey is an American football coach, currently the linebackers coach for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.
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).
The pistol offense is an American football formation and strategy developed by Michael Taylor and popularized by Chris Ault in 2005, while the latter was head coach at the University of Nevada, Reno. It is a hybrid of the traditional shotgun and single back offenses. In the pistol offense, also commonly referred to as the "pistol formation", the quarterback lines up four yards behind the center, which is much closer than the seven-yard setback in a traditional shotgun formation. The running back then lines up three yards directly behind the quarterback, which is in contrast to the shotgun, where they are beside each other. It is argued that the position of the quarterback in the pistol formation strikes an advantageous compromise: the quarterback is close enough to the line of scrimmage to be able to read the defense, as with run situation sets such as the I formation, but far enough back to give him extra time and a better vision of the field for passing plays, as in the shotgun. The pistol formation is thus very versatile, particularly if the quarterback himself is a threat to run the ball, which makes it difficult for the defense to correctly anticipate the play. This flexibility is enhanced by the Read Option, where the quarterback reacts to the response of the defensive players to the snap, and makes a rapid decision whether to hand off the ball to the running back, keep it and complete a pass to a downfield receiver, or keep it and run himself.
The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team located in the San Francisco Bay Area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The team currently plays its home games at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, located 45 miles (72 km) southeast of San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley. Since 1988, the 49ers have been headquartered in Santa Clara.
Colin Rand Kaepernick is an American football quarterback who last played for the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League (NFL) in 2016.
Ault won his 200th college football game October 9, 2009 when his Wolf Pack beat Louisiana Tech, 37–14.
In US football, the 2009 Nevada Wolf Pack football team represented the University of Nevada, Reno in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wolf Pack were led by head coach Chris Ault. The Wolf Pack played their home games at Mackay Stadium. The Wolf Pack finished the regular season 8–4 and 7–1 in the WAC, good enough for second place in the conference behind Boise State. They were defeated by SMU in the Hawaii Bowl.
The 2009 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team represented Louisiana Tech University in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Louisiana Tech Tech competed in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and played their home games at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, Louisiana. The team was coached by Derek Dooley, who was in his third year with the program. The Bulldogs finished the season 4–8 and 3–5 in WAC play.
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.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.On July 9, 2016, he won his first Italian Football League Italian Bowl after an undefeated season and a 13 games win streak.
The Rhinos Milano are an American football team based in Milano, Italy. The team was founded in 1976 and won the Italian Superbowl in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1990 and 2016.
Italian Football League (IFL) is an American football league in Italy.
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.
|Nevada Wolf Pack (NCAA Division II independent)(1976–1977)|
|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|
|1983||Nevada||9–5||6–1||1st||L NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal|
|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|
|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)|
|1995||Nevada||9–3||7–0||1st||L Las Vegas|
|Nevada Wolf Pack (Western Athletic Conference)(2004–2011)|
|2006||Nevada||8–5||5–3||T–3rd||L MPC Computers|
|2007||Nevada||6–7||4–4||T–4th||L New Mexico|
|2010||Nevada||13–1||7–1||T–1st||W Kraft Fight Hunger||13||11|
|Nevada Wolf Pack (Mountain West Conference)(2012)|
|2012||Nevada||7–6||4–4||5th||L New Mexico|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
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