Ault led the Wolf Pack to a 233-109-1 record over 28 years as head coach. He has been within the program as a player, coach and administrator for over 40 years, but felt the time was right to step down, citing several reasons, including the loss of assistant coaches.
“Wolf Pack football has firmly established a blueprint for success that can be sustained,” he said.
Most recently, Nevada dropped the 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl to Arizona, 49-48, after losing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats scored two touchdowns in the final 46 seconds to win.
Nevada finished the season with a 7-6 record, its fifth straight winning season. The Pack lost four of those six games by six points or less.
Ault said the choice to resign was his and he didn’t feel any pressure from the outside.
Athletic director Cary Groth thanked him for his service.
“Chris Ault truly has been Nevada Football for more than 40 years,” Groth said. “He has left an indelible footprint on not only the football program, but the University as well. His legacy is one of success, honor and tradition. There is a reason that he is in the Hall of Fame and was one of the youngest coaches ever inducted. I know I speak for the entire community in congratulating and sincerely thanking Coach for his honorable service to college football and our University.”
Nevada plans a nationwide search to find a replacement for Ault.
During his 28 years on the sidelines, Ault won 10 conference championships and took the Wolf Pack to the postseason 16 times. Since joining the FBS, the Pack has played in 10 bowl games. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.