Reno, NV (MyNews4.com) -- On Sunday morning, the Nevada Football Alumni Association held an event celebrating Hall of Fame Football Coach, Chris Ault. The sold out event was held inside the Eldorado Hotel and Casino where former Wolf Pack players, community members and Pack fans came together to recognize how much of an impact Coach Ault made at the University of Nevada. Ault spent over 40 years in the silver and blue as a player, a coach, an athletic director and a mentor.
News 4 caught up with several players who used to play for Ault and they can all agree on one thing… Ault is intense and passionate when it comes to the game of football. Former Wolf Pack Quarterback, Tyler Lantrip told us that Ault is a competitor adding, “He [Ault] was there from four in the morning to ten at night, so when your leader sets that expectation for how hard you have to work, it just changes things and everyone tries to rise to get to that level.”
Another familiar face who showed up to the event was former Wolf Pack Running Back, Frank Hawkins. He told us that his best memory of Ault was his energy. “It was my last game at the University, I ran for 247 yards, 4 touchdowns and on the last run I ran for like 50 yards and I looked out to the side of my eyes and I could see him running on the sidelines with me going ‘go, go, go!’ and I run into the end zone and he’s right behind me… I’m just so thankful and I don’t think I could be where I am today without coach.”
There were 450 people who were in attendance at Sunday’s brunch to show appreciation for how much time and dedication Ault spent as the leader of the Pack.