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Chris Kapilovic

hris Kapilovic (pronounced kuh-PILL-o-vick) enters his seventh season on the UNC staff as the offensive line coach. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2015 and offensive coordinator in 2016. Kapilovic is the longest tenured coach working with Larry Fedora (12th season), having served on his staff since Fedora first became a head coach at Southern Miss in 2008.

In six years at UNC, Kapilovic has been part of an offensive unit that has established more than 60 school records, including points per game (2012, 2014), total offense (2012, 2014), passing yards (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) and first downs (2014, 2015). Carolina averaged more than 170 rushing yards per game from 2012-16, which was the highest five-year average since the Mack Brown era.

Last season, despite having only one running back on the roster with a college carry entering the year, the Tar Heels rushed for more than 140 yards per game and 17 touchdowns.

In 2016, Kapilovic’s offense, led by quarterback Mitch Trubisky, set the school passing yards mark for the fifth-straight season, won eight games and played Stanford in the Sun Bowl. Trubisky, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was one of 10 Tar Heels to either be drafted or signed by an NFL team.

In 2015, Kapilovic and the Tar Heels had a season to remember, winning 11 games, capturing the ACC’s Coastal Division crown with a perfect 8-0 record, and finishing 15th in the country in the top 25 polls. Carolina made its first appearance in the ACC Championship Game, swept its in-state opponents, and made its third straight bowl game. UNC led the nation in yards per play and was ninth in scoring offense, averaging a school-record 40.7 points per game. Carolina finished 18th nationally with 224.4 rushing yards per game. That was the highest average per game on the ground at UNC since 1994 (226.9).

UNC was a semifinalist for the 2015 Joe Moore Award, a new trophy which recognizes the entire offensive line. The o-line paved the way for tailback Elijah Hood to rush for 1,463 yards (second-highest in single-season school history) and quarterback Marquise Williams to run for 948 yards. Carolina led the ACC with a school-record 6.0 yards per carry and ranked first in the league in sacks allowed.

Carolina had what many outside observers called the best offensive line in the country in 2012. All three senior starting linemen were drafted, led by No. 7 overall pick Jonathan Cooper, an athletic guard from Wilmington, N.C. Tackle Brennan Williams was picked in the third round and guard Travis Bond was a seventh round selection.

Holdovers James Hurst (LT) and Russell Bodine (C) led a solid unit in 2013 as the Tar Heels averaged more than 425 total yards per game. Bodine was taken in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by Cincinnati, while Hurst signed a free agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

With the offensive line providing running room, Giovani Bernard led the league in rushing in 2012 and was a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award. The Tar Heels rushed for 193.8 yards per game, the highest total at UNC since 1994. Carolina also led the league and finished ninth in the nation in sacks allowed.

Kapilovic came to Carolina after four years at Southern Miss. In three of his four years in Hattiesburg, Southern Miss set the school record for total offense, including a mark of 6,459 yards in 2011. Under his direction, the offensive line helped the Golden Eagles reach the 5,000-yard mark in total offense in all four seasons. Kapilovic and company broke the previous total offense record of 5,894 they set in 2010. It was also the fifth-straight year Southern Miss had rushed for more than 2,000 yards.

In 2011, Southern Miss won the Conference USA championship over previously unbeaten Houston and then won its school-record 12th game of the year by beating Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl.

Kapilovic was promoted to run game coordinator in 2010, and in each of his two seasons in that capacity Southern Miss rushed for more than 200 yards per game. In 2011, USM was one of just 11 FBS programs that averaged more than 200 yards per game in both rushing and passing. Three Southern Miss offensive linemen were named All-CUSA in 2011, including first-team performer Lamar Holmes.

Kapilovic came to Southern Miss after spending two seasons as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at his alma mater, Missouri State, and five years at Alabama State.

Kapilovic started his coaching career as a student assistant at Missouri State. After leaving MSU, Kapilovic spent time as offensive coordinator at Deer Valley High in Glendale, Ariz., as offensive line and strength coach at Phoenix College and as a graduate assistant coach for the offensive line at the University of Kansas.

As a player, Kapilovic lettered for two seasons, 1989 and 1990, for the Bears and was a member of the school’s only Gateway Conference championship teams those two seasons as they also made their only appearances in the Division I-AA playoffs. He was a starter and Gateway first-team selection during his senior campaign in 1990. He also played two seasons at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College.

Kapilovic and wife Fiona, have two children, Carsen and Colin.

(In response to this post by Go2Bowl)

Posted: 12/14/2018 at 4:44PM


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