Chris Kapilovic (pronounced kuh-PILL-o-vick) enters his fifth season on the UNC staff as the offensive line coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2016. Kapilovic has been on Larry Fedora’s coaching staff since Fedora first became a head coach at Sourthern Miss in 2008.
In four seasons at UNC, Kapilovic has been part of an offensive staff that has established more than 50 school records, including points per game (2012, 2014), total offense (2012, 2014), passing yards (2013, 2014, 2015) and first downs (2014, 2015).
A year ago, 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 in 2015. That is the highest average per game on the ground at UNC since 1994 (226.9). Over the last four seasons, Carolina has averaged 180.2 rushing yards per game. That is the highest four-year average since the 1992-95 seasons when Mack Brown’s Tar Heels posted a 214.4 average.
Carolina has gained more than 5,000 total yards of offense in each of the last four seasons. Prior to 2012, when Kapilovic joined Fedora in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels had gained more than 5,000 yards just twice in school history.
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 under Fedora. In three of Kapilovic’s 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. The Bears ranked No. 24 nationally in total offense (414.3), No. 25 in rushing offense (202.9) and No. 10 in scoring offense (36.3) in 2007.
Prior to his stint in Springfield, Kapilovic worked with the offensive line as an assistant coach for five years at Alabama State. He also had offensive coordinator duties for the Hornets in his last three seasons. ASU led the league in rushing yards in two of his final three seasons and the Hornets averaged over 32 points per game during his time of sharing offensive coordinator duties.
The Hornets finished No. 16 nationally in total offense in 2004 and No. 9 in 2005 and led the SWAC in fewest sacks allowed in 2004.
Several offensive linemen Kapilovic has coached have gone on to the NFL and former Alabama State quarterback Tavaris Jackson was a second-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2006.
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.
Chris Kapilovic Coaching Year-By-Year
2015 - North Carolina Assistant Head Coach/Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
2013-14 - North Carolina Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
2012 - North Carolina Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
2010-11 - Southern Miss Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
2008-09 - Southern Miss Offensive Line Coach
2006-07 - Missouri State Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
2003-05 - Alabama State Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
2001-02 - Alabama State Offensive Line Coach
1999-2000 - Kansas Graduate Assistant Coach
1998 - Phoenix College Offensive Line Coach/Strength Coach
1992-97 - Deer Valley High School Offensive Coordinator