Barry Sacks enters his fifth year at Nevada and his third as Nevada's co-defensive coordinator. He directs the outside linebackers and runs Nevada's run defense. Sacks has 20 years in the coaching profession, including one in the Arena Football League (AFL). He has served as a defensive coordinator twice before assuming the co-coordinator role at Nevada, once at the collegiate level at NCAA II Adams State in 1997 as well as in his one-year stint with the AFL's San Jose Sabercats in 2001.
The Ephrata, Wash., native's resume also includes three years as the defensive line coach at San Jose State (1998-2000), four seasons as the defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator at Boise State (1993-96) and seven years as the defensive line coach at Portland State (1986-92).
While at Nevada, Sacks coached CoSIDA first-team Academic All-America and All-WAC tight end Erick Streelman in 2002. He moved over to the other side of the ball to work with the defensive line in 2003 and helped tutor two all-WAC selections in Jorge Cordova (the team's MVP in 2003 and career sacks leader) and Derek Kennard, Jr. (the defensive MVP in 2003).
Sacks was a starting outside linebacker for two years and a four-year letterman (1976-1979) at the University of Montana.
Sacks was born in Ephrata, Wash., and is a 1980 graduate of the University of Montana. He and his wife, Teresa, have two teenage children, Alexandra and Philip.