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Nevada names football field after Chris Ault

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Nevada coach and Pistol offense innovator Chris Ault stepped down as the Wolf Pack’s head coach last December after nearly three decades of service. Less than six months later, he’s getting a well-deserved honor.

In a Wednesday press conference, Nevada-Reno president Marc Johnson announced that the field at the university’s Mackay Stadium would bear Ault’s name going forward. So, officially, it’s now Chris Ault Field at Mackay Stadium.

“I was always blessed at this University but my biggest blessing was always my family,” Ault said at the presser. “Though there is only one name on the field, I’m hoping it reflects a University and community that supported us, and players and coaches who did so much for our program. This is not about one person.”

Sure, but there’s no denying Ault is synonymous with Nevada football. Ault had three separate stints as Nevada’s coach — 1976-92, 1994-95 and 2004-present.  He was also the school’s athletic director from 1986-2004, guiding the Nevada football program from the Div. II level to Div. I-AA to the FBS level (then-Div. I-A) in 1992.

In all, Ault spent 41 of the past 48 years at his alma mater as a player, coach and/or administrator. His final record over his coaching career was 233-109-1.

Ault was hired earlier this month by the Kansas City Chiefs as a consultant, demonstrating just how far his influence with the Pistol has gone.

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4 Responses to “Nevada names football field after Chris Ault”
  1. bertenheim says: May 22, 2013 9:43 PM


  2. pdcooper08 says: May 22, 2013 10:15 PM

    I had a chance to play and coach against this man for a few years way back when. I have to say, he was always a class act and well respected. This is a well deserved honor Coach. Congrads!!!

  3. florida727 says: May 23, 2013 11:55 AM

    So many of us have a bias toward our favorite team or conference that we overlook people like this who have had a tremendous impact and influence on so many young men’s lives. Glad to see Nevada do this for him. What a legacy he’s leaving. Congratulations, Coach.

  4. tuckfexas says: May 23, 2013 3:22 PM

    Very much deserved. He IS Nevada football.

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