Chris Kapilovic returns to his alma mater for the 2006 season on the staff of Bears' first-year head coach Terry Allen. Kapilovic will coach the Bears' offensive line as he comes to Missouri State following five seasons as an assistant coach at Alabama State.
Kapilovic coached at Southwestern Athletic Conference member Alabama State under head coach Charlie Coe, and was the offensive line coach throughout his ASU tenure. He shared duties as offensive coordinator for his final three seasons at ASU. Kapilovic had multiple selections as all-SWAC linemen three of his five seasons with the Hornets and Alabama State led the league in rushing two of his last three years. ASU averaged over 33 points a game for three seasons, led the conference in fewest sacks allowed and ranked in the top 10 in Division I-AA total offense one year and in the top 20 two other years in the past three seasons. ASU won the SWAC title in 2004 and the league's Eastern Division crown in 2003.
Eight offensive linemen Kapilovic has coached have gone on to the NFL and three-year Alabama State starting QB Tavaris Jackson was a second-round choice of the Minnesota Vikings in 2006.
Kapilovic, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, played for head coach Jesse Branch on the Missouri State Bears' 1989 and 1990 teams, the only two Bear ballclubs to win Gateway titles and reach NCAA I-AA playoffs. Kapilovic, a starter and Gateway all-conference first team selection as a senior in 1990, came to MSU after two seasons playing at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College.
At the end of his playing career, Kapilovic was a student coach for a year for the Bears. He worked at Deer Valley High in Glendale, Ariz., as offensive coordinator; offensive line and strength coach at Phoenix College; and as a graduate assistant offensive line coach at the University of Kansas.
Kapilovic works with the initial eligibility clearinghouse and compliance liaison, in-season video exchange, is liaison with the Bears' strength and conditioning program and assists with alumni activities. He has recruiting responsibilities in southwest Missouri, east and east central Kansas and Florida.
Kapilovic's wife, Fiona, is a native of Catlin, Ill., and the couple has a son, Carsen.