Kris Cinkovich
Position: Assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/offensive line
Alma Mater: Carroll College
Graduating Year: 1984
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Cinkovich stepped into his role at Idaho with high expectations and a history of coaching success. In his first season with the Vandals, he coached a receiver, Dezmon Epps, who surely will leave his mark on Idaho football.

Despite sustaining a separated shoulder in the Vandals’ 11th game, Epps came within just 20 yards of the 1,000-yard mark with 980 on 79 receptions. Epps’ yardage total fourth best since 2000 and his receptions were the second-best during the same time span. He also was on the Biletnikoff Watch List and had three games of 100 or more yards receiving.

Epps’ effectiveness is in line with Cinkovich’s career achievements. His teams and players garnered accolades for their successes and he was recognized by as one of the top 50 recruiters in the country. Given his regional roots (he is a native of the Northwest), that – as well as his long-time association with head coach Paul Petrino, is a huge plus.

During his second season, he took over a young offensive line and began to mold it into a cohesive unit as the Vandals' offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

Cinkovich’s players have made impacts and set records everywhere he’s been. In the 2012 NFL Draft, Arkansas receivers tied a draft record as for the 14th time in draft history, and third time by the SEC, a school had three wide receivers selected in the same draft. Cinkovich also tutored Cobi Hamilton to the best season by a wide receiver in Arkansas history and one of the top seasons ever put together in the SEC. During the 2011 season, Cinkovich again molded the UA receivers into one of the most dominant groups in the country. 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. Arkansas was one of two schools to place two receivers in the top 10 in the SEC in receiving yards per game and receptions per game.

In 2010 during the Razorbacks’ campaign toward the school’s first BCS appearance, Cinkovich’s unit tied for the SEC lead with nine games featuring a 100-yard receiver. UA was one of two schools in the conference to have four receivers top 100 yards. Arkansas also was one of two schools in the SEC to have two receivers rank in the top 10 in the conference in receiving yards per game.

Before Arkansas, Cinkovich coached three of the top four all-time reception leaders in UNLV history. Cinkovich also assisted with a passing attack that ranked in the top 50 nationally in 2008 and 2009, accounting for 40 passing touchdowns. UNLV also led the nation in red zone production in 2008 (95 percent) and third-down efficiency in 2009 (46.39 percent).

Cinkovich came to UNLV in 2003 from Las Vegas High School, where he oversaw the Wildcats for nine seasons and built one of the state’s top programs en route to compiling a record of 79-24. In 1995, he took LVHS to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years and in 2001 brought the school its first state championship since 1959. Cinkovich’s squads won three regional titles and were ranked among the best on the west coast three times by USA TODAY. He was inducted into the Southern Nevada Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004.

Cinkovich played at Spokane Falls Community College from 1979-80 and Carroll College from 1981-82 as an offensive lineman. A 1984 graduate of Carroll College in Helena, Mont., Cinkovich earned his master’s degree from Central Washington in 1987. He and his wife, Joanie, have two daughters, Carly and Stephanie.

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