Petrino hires Klenakis as his o-line coach

Chris Klenakis

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino continues to fill out his coaching staff, announcing the hiring of Chris Klenakis as the Cardinals' offensive line coach and run game coordinator. Klenakis comes to U of L with 24 years of experience, including his latest stint

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said he would hire the best staff he could with experience and familiarity to his system high on the list of qualifications.

The latest addition - new offensive line coach and running game coordinator Chris Klenakis - meets both of those qualifications.

A 24-year veteran, Klenakis comes to U of L from Iowa State after spending two seasons on Petrino's staff at Arkansas in 2010-11.

"It's great to have the ability to hire Chris Klenakis again as part of my staff," Petrino said. "Chris is an expert on teaching technique and the innovator of the Pistol offense. He is a tireless worker and a great recruiter. We have enjoyed a lot of success together through the years and I'm excited to have his expertise on staff."

Klenakis has coached 17 linemen who went on to play in the NFL and has tutored 15 all-conference selections, including 2010 first-team All-SEC performer DeMarcus Love. He's also coached teams in 12 bowl games and tow I-AA playoffs.

"It's a pleasure for me to reunite with Bobby Petrino," Klenakis said. "We have had a lot of success together and I'm so excited to be a part of the Louisville football program and Card Nation."

Klenakis spent one year at Iowa State after coaching Arkansas for three years. Before his successful stint at Arkansas, Klenakis served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Nevada for six seasons. Nevada's 2005 WAC championship team led the nation in time of possession and ranked eighth in the NCAA in third-down conversions. In 2004, his first year at Nevada, he coached All-WAC performer and San Francisco 49ers' tackle Harvey Dahl.

At Nevada, he was at the helm of the "Pistol" offense that was prolifically productive, featuring a powerful running game led by the offensive line and, from 2007-09, current San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Before his most recent stint as the offensive coordinator at Nevada, he was offensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi (2000-02) and spent one year at Central Missouri (2003). He is a former two-time Nevada High School Coach of the Year 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.

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