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Chris Boniol COACHING EXPERIENCE
In 2016, Chris joined coach Dan Mullen's staff at Mississippi State University, serving as Special Teams Quality Control Coach.


Boniol spent the 2015 season as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Louisiana College and made a tremendous impact. He helped punter Tim Willett earn Division III All-America honors after ranking fourth nationally in punting average (41.6 ypp). Cozenski Alfred combined for 969 return yards, which was the third-highest total in the nation. In the backfield, Boniol coached Aurren Cooksey to second-team All-American Southwest Conference accolades after he averaged 104.8 yards per game on the ground.


Chris joined the Oakland Raiders in 2014 as the assistant special teams coach under coordinator Bobby April. In 2015, his work helped Raiders kicker, Sebastian Janikowski rebound from a league-low 70% FG accuracy in 2013, to his current 88% in 2014. In addition, his work with punter Marquette King helped him rank in the top 10 in the NFL in Net Average and top 3 in the NFL in most punts inside the 20.


Prior to the Raiders, Chris spent 4 years with the Dallas Cowboys under coordinators Joe DeCamillis and Rich Bisaccia. Under his tutelage, Cowboys kickers combined to boot 11 game-winning field goals in four seasons. Chris was instrumental in helping Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey become the most accurate FG kicker in NFL history (90.07% as of 10/14/2014. In 2013, kicker Dan Bailey led the NFL in field-goal percentage, making 28-of-30 attempts (93.3 percent), and ranked fourth in the league with 52 touchbacks. The Cowboys’ special teams units also ranked fourth in the NFL in kickoff return average (25.5 avg.) and fifth in punt return average (12.5 avg.); in 2012, Bailey led the NFL in field-goal percentage, nailing 29-of-31 attempts (93.5 percent); and in 2011, Bailey was named to the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team after connecting on 32-of-37 field-goals, including 26 straight attempts.


In 2010, his first season in Dallas as a coach, Boniol coached punter Mat McBriar, who led the NFL with a 47.9-yard punting average. McBriar also led the league with a 41.7-yard net punting average. In his first season as a pro coach, Boniol’s mentorship of Dallas kicker David Buehler saw the second-year player convert 24-of-32 field goals and 42-of-44 PAT tries, while also forcing 22 touchbacks. Buehler’s field-goal percentage (75.0) ranked sixth in franchise history among rookie or first-year kickers. Overall, his 114 points tied for fourth among the same group while his 22 touchbacks were the third-most in a season in franchise history.



EDUCATION
Chris received his bachelors degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 2000, with a general studies major, and minors in psychology, sociology, and speech communications. He began his undergraduate studies at Louisiana Tech University.


PLAYING CAREER
Chris was a kicker in the NFL for 6 years, becoming the first Dallas Cowboys player to record 3 straight 100 point seasons, and established a team record with 26 consecutive successful FG attempts. He was twiced named the NFL Special Teams Player of the Week during his career, once for tying the NFL record for most FG in a single game, when he hit 7 FG against the Green Bay Packers (1996). He also has big game experience, having helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl XXX in 1994.


Chris kicked collegiately at Louisiana Tech, finishing his collegiate career ranked third on the school’s all-time scoring chart.


PERSONAL
Chris and his wife Christine, have two sons, Gaige and Garin.



 
COACHING HISTORY
Year Team Title Head Coach
2016-Present Mississippi State University Special Teams Quality Control Dan Mullen
2015 Louisiana College Special Teams Coordinator / RB Coach Dennis Dunn
2014 Oakland Raiders Assistant Special Teams Dennis Allen/Tony Sporano
Bobby April (STC)
2011-2013 Dallas Cowboys Assistant Special Teams Jason Garrett
Joe DeCamillis (STC)
Rich Bisaccia (STC)
2010 Dallas Cowboys Outside Consultant: Kickers/Punters Jason Garrett
Joe DeCamillis (STC)