Chris Ault, Creator of the Pistol Offense, Retires After 28 Seasons
Ault, 66, spent his entire head coaching career with the Wolf Pack, compiling a 233-109-1 record, including 10 conference championships and eight straight bowl appearances.
"It's with great humility and mixed emotions I've decided it's time for me to step down and move on," a tearful Ault said at a news conference. "Wolf Pack football firmly established a blueprint for success that can be sustained."
There’s no doubt that Ault has left his mark, changing the landscape of football by creating an offense that is heavily utilized in all levels of the game, including the NFL.
"I'm proud that our offense has broadened the landscape of football. That's exciting," Ault said. "It's here to stay, unlike the wishbone (offense)."
Although the Pistol was installed in 2005, teams have had much difficulty stopping Nevada: the Pack have finished in the top 10 in total offense four years in a row.
Ault, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002, was a quarterback for Nevada from 1965-67. He then became the program’s leader in 1976, making him the youngest head coach in the nation at age 29.
From 1996 to 2003, Ault took time off to serve as the school’s Athletic Director. He then returned to the sideline in 2004, and ended with a career-best 13 wins in 2010.
Former Nevada assistant and current Washington State running backs coach Jim Mastro – who helped Ault develop the Pistol offense – could be a potential candidate to fill the vacancy.
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