Robinson Hires Two
Jan. 12, 2004
LAS VEGAS - UNLV football head coach John Robinson announced the hiring of two assistants Monday.
Veteran local high school coach Kris Cinkovich takes over as the Rebels' wide receivers coach while former USC standout Brad Otton is the program's new quarterbacks coach.
Cinkovich, 43, comes to campus from Las Vegas High School, where he oversaw the Wildcats for nine seasons, building one of the state's top programs while compiling a record of 79-24.
In 1995, Cinkovich took LVHS to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years and in 2001 brought the school its first state championship since 1959. No stranger to UNLV, he was graduate assistant coach in charge of running backs on Jim Strong's 1991 Rebel staff before moving to Green Valley High School as offensive coordinator.
"We are pleased to welcome Kris Cinkovich," Robinson said. "He is certainly one of the better football coaches that I have observed recently at any level. His leadership and overall demeanor will add a lot to our staff."
Cinkovich, who started his new position today, replaced Garrick McGee, who left for Northwestern after just one season with the Rebels. A 1984 graduate of Carroll College in Helena, Mont., Cinkovich earned his master's degree from Central Washington in 1987.
Otton simply moves down the hall at the Lied Athletic Complex after spending 2003 as UNLV's director of football operations. He replaces former assistant Vince Alcalde, who left the program after two seasons.
Otton was reunited last year with his college mentor - Robinson -- after coaching quarterbacks and tight ends at Santa Barbara City College in 2002. In 2001 he was an assistant coach in charge of quarterbacks at Cal State Northridge before the Matadors dropped their program.
"Brad Otton is one of the young, bright people in this field," Robinson said. "His background suits us well for what we need and I look forward to working with him and Kris on our offense next season."
A record-breaking quarterback at Southern California, Otton began his collegiate playing career at Weber State before transferring to Troy in 1994 and lettering three seasons. Otton owned the USC and Pac-10 Conference record for lowest career interception rate with a minimum of 400 attempts (1.95 percent) and also set the NCAA record for most pass attempts without an interception to start a career (202). Otton, who left ranked fourth at the school with 5,359 yards, helped the Trojans earn victories in the Rose Bowl over Northwestern and in the Cotton Bowl over Texas Tech.
A native of Pullman, Wash., he earned his bachelor's degree in business from USC in 1997. Otton and his wife, Deanna, have a 1-year-old daughter named Brooklyn.