Feb. 9, 2012
RENO, Nev. – Nevada football coach Chris Ault completed the restructuring of his coaching staff on Thursday with the hiring of Larry Lewis to fill the role of special teams coordinator and running backs coach.
Nevada is just the fifth stop for Lewis in a distinguished coaching career of more than 30 years. Lewis, who spent eight seasons as the head coach at Idaho State (1999-2006) , was most recently the associate head coach and special teams coordinator at Colorado State (2008-2011). He also spent more than a decade as Washington State (1989-1999) and was part of the Cougars 1997 Rose Bowl team.
“Larry is a veteran coach who has great experience,” Ault said. “Part of his expertise is special teams and he also coached one of the top running backs in the Mountain West last season. We’re excited to have him on board and this completes the restructuring of my staff here. We’re locked and loaded and ready to go.”
At Colorado State last season, Lewis guided the Rams to top 25 rankings in punting and kick returns. As the Rams running back coach, he tutored Chris Nwoke, who was third in the Mountain West in rushing at nearly 95 yards per game. Lewis also had the No. 19 kick return unit in 2000 and the top punter in the Mountain West in 2008. Lewis has produced a number of NFL players in his career, perhaps most notably All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen, who was the nation’s top defensive player in I-AA (FCS) in 2003 at Idaho State.
“I am really excited to join a great coaching staff at Nevada,” Lewis said. “With the history and tradition of what they have done and the direction they are going, these are exciting times to be part of the Wolf Pack.”
With a coaching career spent entirely in the west, Lewis has connections to a handful of members of Nevada’s coaching staff. Lewis, a native of Vale, Ore., played collegiately at Boise State alongside Nevada defensive coordinator Mike Bradeson. Wolf Pack cornerbacks coach James Ward served as the defensive coordinator for Lewis at Idaho State. Lewis also has ties to Wolf Pack linebackers coach Ken Wilson and defensive line coach Barry Sacks.
Larry Lewis Coaching Background
Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached
1981-85 Weber State Outside Linebackers
1986-88 Weber State Def. Line/ Recruiting Coord.
1989-1994 Washington State Defensive Ends
1995-98 Washington State Asst. Head Coach/Sp. Teams
1999-2006 Idaho State Head Coach
2008-10 Colorado State Safeties/Special Teams
2011 Colorado State Assoc. Head Coach/Special Teams/RBs
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