Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Chris Ault

Chris Ault


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Nevada,
  • Years: 1976-2012
  • Inducted: 2002
  • Place of Birth: San Bernardino, CA
  • Date of Birth: Nov 12, 1946

Member Biography

Chris Ault coached Nevada 28 seasons and guided the team to new heights. The Wolf Pack started in NCAA Division II, moved to IAA, then to IA. Ault is believed to be the only coach in NCAA history to win conference championships at three levels at the same school. The winningest coach in school history with a career record of 233-109-1 in 28 seasons, Ault guided Nevada from Division II to I-AA glory in the Big Sky Conference 1980s and early 90s, into I-A and the Big West Conference in 1992 and on to the WAC and now the Mountain West Conference. Along the way, he won 10 conference championships and took the Wolf Pack to postseason play 16 times, including 10 bowl games in 12 FBS seasons. He leaves a lasting legacy of accolades and contributions to the game, perhaps none of which greater than his creation of the Pistol offense in 2005, a scheme now employed by hundreds of teams at every level of football. Sports Illustrated named him to its list of the 50 greatest sports figures in the State of Nevada. On Nov. 2, 1991, his team trailed Weber State 49-14 in the third quarter, rallied to win 55-49. Overcoming a 35 point deficit is an NCAA record. In 1991 Ault received the Eddie Robinson Award as the national coach of the year for Division I-AA. He was also named the Coach of the Century in 1999 by the Reno-Gazette-Journal and was honored with the Chevrolet-ABC Award as the coach of the year in 1978. In 1986, he added the job of athletics director for the University of Nevada. After leaving coaching after the 1995 season he returned to the Nevada sidelines in 2004.
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