Former Arkansas Assistants Hired at ISU and ASU

Sep 10, 2011; Little Rock, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorback assistant offensive line coach Chris Klenakis talks to players during the second half of a game against New Mexico Lobos at War Memorial Stadium. The Razorbacks beat the Lobos 52-3. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Fayetteville, Ark. – All nine of the former assistants on staff for Arkansas’ 2012 college football season have now been hired per reports on Friday. Former offensive line coach Chris Klenakis was been hired to be Iowa State’s tight ends coach and former special team’s coordinator and defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell has been hired by Arkansas State as their defensive line coach.

Caldwell has a history with Arkansas State as a player and a coach. As a defensive end and linebacker Caldwell was a four-year player for the then named Indians in the 1970’s. In 1978 he joined ASU as a coach for three seasons eventually returning four years later to coach under Larry Lacewell.

Chris Klenakis came to Arkansas as a well-known engineer of the “Pistol” offense while at University of Nevada. Arkansas enjoyed several seasons of school-record setting passing achievements under Klenakis in Bobby Petrino’s offense but the Razorback running game only prospered one year under Klenakis (2010).

Both coaches were hired in 2009 by former head coach Bobby Petrino. Caldwell took over the special teams duties after would be interim head coach John L. Smith left for Weber State.

Former interim head coach John L. Smith was hired by Fort Lewis College last week to be their new head coach.

Topics: Arkansas Razorbacks, Arkansas State Red Wolves, Chris Klenakis, Football, Iowa State Cyclones, Steve Caldwell

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