Chris Tormey
Chris  Tormey

Spokane, Wash.

Head Coach


Idaho, 1978


Pinpoint passing by Fajardo sparks Nevada

Farjado completes 18 of 21 passes for 239 yards in 36-7 win over UC Davis.

Beginning his fourth year at the helm is Chris Tormey.

Following steady improvement his first three years at Nevada, the former Idaho mentor and long-time assistant at Washington has the Wolf Pack ready to contend for the upper echelon of the WAC and bowl aspirations in 2003.

Hired in December 1999 and replacing Jeff Tisdel, Tormey brings with him an extensive winning attitude and a history of successful accomplishments wherever he has been.

?We?ve gotten better every year we?ve been here with our recruiting process. We?re not that far away. We feel like we?re getting closer and closer the longer we?re here. This should be a big year for us with the number of starters and seniors we have coming back into our program.?

Evidence of his balanced offensive attack is the fact he has produced the nation?s leading pass receiver (Nate Burleson, first in recpetions, second in yards) in 2002 and the NCAA rushing leader (Chance Kretschmer) in 2001 in back-to-back seasons.

Nevada tied for fourth in the league with a 4-4 ledger and lost three games, two of them non-conference contests, by a total of 10 points in 2002. One play in a couple of those games and the Pack would have been bowl-eligible for the first time since 1998.

The Pack set eight offensive school records in 2002 and featured improved attendance and the nation?s No. 1 rusher in Kretschmer. Additionally, they were part of setting or tying four NCAA records, including the most carries by a freshman (302).

Two conference losses came on the last play of the game and in overtime, respectively, helping Nevada improve its point differential by 13 points in 2001 from Tormey?s first year in Reno. With 19 starters back for 2002, he now has the Pack on the verge of breaking through into the winning season mode.

Head coach for five years at his alma mater, Idaho, he guided the Vandals to their first bowl game in school history, the 1998 Humanitarian Bowl, and claimed a victory over favored Southern Mississippi. In his first year in Moscow, he took Idaho to the 1995 NCAA I-AA playoffs.

Prior to his stay in Moscow, he was part of three straight Rose Bowl squads with the University of Washington, including the 1991 national championship team.

During his 11-year tenure as a position coach (1984-92) and then defensive coordinator (1993-94) for the Huskies, he was part of 10 bowl game squads.

Considered an outstanding recruiter, his signees include Napoleon Kaufman, an All-American and Washington?s all-time leading rusher; Rose Bowl MVP and pro bowl quarterback Mark Brunell and All-PAC-10 running back Rashaan Shehee, among many others.

Among his accomplishments were Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 1998 and also being named Big West/Mid-American/NCAA I-A Independent Coach of the Year by The Sporting News that year.

He helped the Vandals break school attendance records by averaging more than 25,000 per home game in his last season.

Tormey began his college coaching career in 1980 as a graduate assistant at Washington for two years, then took the defensive line coaching position at Idaho in 1982 for two years under head coach Dennis Erickson.

As a player, he was an All-Big Sky conference linebacker in 1976 and 1977 and lettered three years, missing 1975 due to a late-season injury in 1974. He also served as the Vandals? team captain as a senior in 1977 and tried out for the Washington Redskins as a free agent in 1978.

That spring he earned his bachelor?s degree in Education from Idaho and began coaching at his alma mater, Gonzaga Prep, in Spokane, Wash., where he also taught geography.

Tormey (born May 1, 1955) and his wife, Kellie, have two daughters, Leah and Emily. Kellie currently works in public relations for Washoe Health System and previously worked as director of public relations for Seattle-based Nordstrom?s.

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