Nevada to Recommend Two-Year Contract Extension for Chris Ault
RENO, Nev. — The University of Nevada will recommend a two-year contract extension for Wolf Pack Head Football Coach Chris Ault to the Nevada State Higher Education Board of Regents, Director of Athletics Cary Groth announced Friday.
The extension will add two years to Ault’s existing contract and will run through the 2013 season.
“We are happy to take this opportunity to extend Chris Ault’s contract in recognition of the outstanding season that the Wolf Pack football team has turned in this year,” Groth said. “We set goals for the program at the end of last season, and Chris and his staff have exceeded each of those goals. The success of the football program this year has brought unprecedented national recognition and exposure for the University of Nevada and Northern Nevada and has brought everyone in the community together.
“We are pleased that Chris will be the head coach at the University of Nevada for the next three seasons and will continue to be an integral part of the success and tradition that our student-athletes, coaches and staff have demonstrated both academically and athletically.”
“I am very pleased about the opportunity to continue as the head football coach of the University of Nevada,” Ault said. “I want to thank Cary and (university president) Milt Glick for their support of the Wolf Pack program and for their leadership. We have worked hard to set a foundation of success here at Nevada, and this season is a product of that hard work.
“I want to thank the community for its support of Wolf Pack football. We look forward to building upon the success of this season and continuing to put an exciting team on the field in the future.”
Other details in Ault’s contract will be finalized at the end of the football season, and the contract will be presented for approval at an upcoming Board of Regents meeting.
“This is a very exciting time for the Wolf Pack athletics program, and we are pleased that Chris Ault will continue to be a part of the university’s mission to provide student-athletes with opportunities for academic and athletic excellence,” University of Nevada President Milt Glick said. “Chris is very deserving of an extension due to the success the Wolf Pack football team has had this season and his commitment to continue raising the bar for success.”
A University of Nevada graduate who is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Ault is in his 26th overall season as Nevada’s head coach. He holds a 218-97-1 career record and ranks fifth among active Football Bowl Subdivision coaches in victories. The winningest coach in school history, he has won nine conference titles in his career, including Western Athletic Conference titles in 2005 and 2010, and has taken the Wolf Pack to 14 postseason appearances, including eight bowl appearances.
The 2010 season will stand out as one of Ault’s finest in a career marked by success. The Wolf Pack turned in a 12-1 regular-season record and has earned a trip to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, the team’s sixth consecutive bowl appearance. Nevada also finished the season ranked 15th in the Bowl Championship Series standings and has climbed into the top 15 in both national polls. Led by Western Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year Colin Kaepernick at quarterback and four first-team All-WAC honorees, Nevada also captured a share of its second WAC championship. Ault also earned his second WAC Coach of the Year award.