LOUISVILLE, Ky. – One of the most experienced offensive line coaches, Chris Klenakis, is joining the University of Louisville football staff as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach, head coach Bobby Petrino announced Tuesday.
With 24 years of coaching experience under his belt, most recently at Iowa State, Klenakis re-unites with Petrino after spending two seasons together 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.”
Over the course of his career, Klenakis has shown the ability to develop talent, tutoring 17 offensive linemen who have advanced to the NFL. As offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, he has tutored 15 all-conference selections, including 2010 first-team All-SEC performer DeMarcus Love. Klenakis has coached in 12 bowl games and in two NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
Garrick McGee, a key component in Arkansas’ offensive success during head coach Bobby Petrino’s tenure at Arkansas, is joining the University of Louisville’s football staff as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Petrino announced Monday.
McGee, who served recently as the UAB head coach for the last two seasons, was the offensive coordinator in 2010-11 for Petrino at Arkansas.
Before re-uniting with Petrino, McGee was a finalist for the 2011 prestigious Broyles Award that is presented to the nation’s top assistant coach.
An innovative coach and regarded as one of the nation’s finest offensive minds, McGee was responsible for Arkansas becoming one of the country’s most prolific offenses in school history, scoring 30 or more points 19 times in 36 games. As the offensive coordinator in 2010, the Razorbacks went 10-3 and earned the school’s first BCS appearance in program history as the season culminated with a loss to Ohio State at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.