Courtesy: Zack Higbee, Athletic Media Relations
Chris Klenakis is in his third season at Arkansas as assistant coach for the offensive line. Klenakis has 22 years of Division I experience and came to Arkansas from Nevada where he was at the helm of the "Pistol" offense that had prolific production and a powerful running game led by the offensive line.
Klenakis led an offensive line that replaced three starters from 2010 and featured two players who made the first start of their collegiate career in 2011 to block for a UA offense that set or tied 16 school records. Arkansas led the SEC in passing offense (300.7), total offense (438.1) and scoring offense (36.8) to become just the fifth different school to lead the conference in all three categories in a single season and the first since Florida in 2001. The Razorbacks topped the conference in passing offense for the third straight season and became the second SEC team since 1992 to lead the conference in passing offense for at least three straight seasons.
Quarterback Tyler Wilson led the SEC in passing yards and total offense per game, while receiver Jarius Wright topped the conference in receiving yards per game in 2011. Guard Alvin Bailey was named an All-American by Pro Football Weekly, which selects its team based on feedback from NFL evaluators and takes into account true talent and draft value, and a second-team All-SEC performer by The Associated Press and the conference's coaches.
Klenakis coached an offensive line in 2010 that blocked during the first season in Arkansas history with a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher. The Razorbacks led the Southeastern Conference and ranked fourth in the NCAA in passing offense, averaging 333.7 yards per game, and ninth in the NCAA in total offense with a 482.5 yards-per-game average. UA's offensive line was the only unit in the SEC to start the same five for each game.
In 2010, Klenakis coached two freshmen to all-conference recognition as Bailey and center Travis Swanson garnered spots on the SEC All-Freshman Team. Bailey also was named to the FWAA Freshman All-America Team. Following the season, tackle DeMarcus Love was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and tackle Ray Dominguez was signed by the Green Bay Packers. In his career, Klenakis has coached 17 offensive linemen who have advanced to the NFL.
As offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, Klenakis has tutored 14 all-conference selections, including 2010 first-team All-SEC performer Love.
In 2008 at Nevada, the Wolf Pack offense steamrolled over opposing defenses to the tune of a number of school records, including total offense, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. In 2009, Klenakis and the offense eclipsed all those marks. The Wolf Pack had the No. 1-ranked rushing offense in the nation, averaging 344.9 yards per game. In 2009, he became the first offensive coordinator in NCAA FBS history to have a team lead the nation in rushing offense (2009) and passing offense (1997). Nevada also became the first team in NCAA history to have three players rush for more than 1,000 yards in a single season. In addition, the Wolf Pack ranked second nationally in total offense (505.6) and sixth in scoring (38.2).
In 2007, Nevada's offensive line paved the way for the top rushing attack in the WAC and the 12th-best rushing offense in the nation at 214.1 yards per game. The group was paced by Luke Lippincott, who led the WAC in rushing at 109.2 yards per game.
In 2009, Klenakis coached WAC Freshman of the Year and second-team All-WAC honoree Brandon Wimberly. Offensive lineman Alonzo Durham and running back Vai Taua were selected to the first team in 2009, while offensive lineman Kenneth Ackerman, tight end Virgil Green and quarterback Colin Kaepernick were second-team choices.
In 2008, Dominic Green was a first-team All-WAC honoree and Durham and Mike Gallett were second-team selections. Center Jimmy Wadhams was named the team's offensive MVP in 2006 when the Wolf Pack offensive line helped the team to rank 24th in the nation in rushing offense.
Klenakis saw Tony Moll (first team) and Barrett Reznick (second team) earn All-WAC honors in 2005, and Nevada's WAC co-championship team led the nation in time of possession and ranked eighth in the NCAA in third-down conversions. In his first year back at Nevada in 2004, Klenakis coached All-WAC performer Harvey Dahl.
Prior to his most recent stint at Nevada as offensive coordinator, Klenakis held the responsibility for three years at Southern Mississippi (2000-02) and one at Central Missouri (2003).
Klenakis helped Central Missouri finish the 2003 campaign with a record of 9-2 and a share of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association title for the first time since 1988 with a 7-2 league mark. Central ranked second among NCAA Division II schools in scoring offense (41.5 ppg) and 25th in rushing offense.
While at Southern Mississippi, he helped the Golden Eagles set eight offensive school records and advance to a pair of bowl games, the GMAC Mobile Bowl in 2000 and the Houston Bowl in 2002.
From 1990-99, Klenakis was an assistant coach at Nevada, serving as offensive coordinator from 1997-99. Under his guidance, Nevada set 24 NCAA records and annually ranked among the national leaders in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense. Klenakis helped lead the Wolf Pack to Big Sky Conference titles in 1990 and 1991 and an NCAA I-AA national runner-up finish in 1990. He then helped lead the Wolf Pack to five Big West championships and to three Las Vegas Bowl appearances.
Klenakis was a two-time Nevada High School Coach of the Year while leading Churchill County High to a three-year record of 21-9.
He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and history from Carroll College in 1986, where he was a four-year letterwinner as an outside linebacker. In 1992, he completed his master's of exercise physiology at Nevada. He and his wife, Andrea, have a son, Nikos, and a daughter, Lucy.
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