MOSCOW - Idaho Vandal Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Kris Cinkovich has officially announced his retirement after eight seasons with the Vandals and nearly 30 years of coaching.
"Thank you to Coach Paul Petrino and the University of Idaho for a great 8 ½ years on the Palouse," Cinkovich said. "At the end of May my wife Joanie and I are retiring and moving back to Las Vegas. We are excited for the next chapter in our lives. We will cherish the time we spent here and the people we met.
During his time in Moscow, Cinkovich coached 10 all-conference offensive lineman, including All-American Noah Johnson. Several Vandals in his position groups have moved on to play professionally, both in the NFL and the CFL. An incredible leader of men, he also consistently graduated his student-athletes and set them up for success, in or out of football.
"I'd just really like to thank Coach Cink for everything he did for this program," said head coach Paul Petrino. "He's been here with me the whole time. He worked his tail off, did a great job recruiting, always did everything he could for the players. He was a great mentor, great offensive line coach and did a really good job of coordinating the offense. I just can't thank him enough. He's one of my good friends.
"I wish him and Joanie a great retirement. They can enjoy life, they've worked hard for a long time. I've always been very close with him and his family, and I wish him the best in everything that he does. I just want to tell him thanks one more time."
His coaching career began at Las Vegas High School where he led the program to unprecedented success and the 2001 State Championship. He won three regional titles in nine years and had the Wildcats ranked among the best in the west three times by USA Today. Cinkovich also spent time at UNLV and Arkansas before joining Idaho.