2018 - In six years as the offensive coordinator at Chadron State College, Chris Stein has helped to produce an exciting and effective offense, averaging over 419 yards per game through 67 games over six seasons.
This is the 18th season Chris Stein has been on the Chadron State coaching staff. During his tenure, the Eagles have tallied a record of 115-62 and won three RMAC championships.
Stein's position of expertise, which he has coached for his entire 17 years at Chadron State, is quarterback. He has mentored some of the finest signal-callers ever to play under center for the Eagles, including local Chadron brothers Joe and Jonn McLain, both of whom hold multiple school passing records.
Eagles’ quarterbacks have completed at least 200 passes 11 straight years as a team. That had never before occurred in the history of the program prior to 2007.
In addition, Stein’s expansive playbook has produced several individual achievements, resulting in 18 All-RMAC selections, three All-Americans and a Harlon Hill national finalist.
In 2017, one of Stein's proteges, redshirt freshman Dalton Holst, set new passing records for a first-year signal-caller.
Other notable marks during Coach Stein's time as offensive coordinator:
- His 2015 platoon allowed only 12 sacks all season, ranking in the top 20 nationally, and had one of the top red zone offenses in the RMAC. In 2016 and 2017, the Eagles duplicated the feat of allowing only 12 sacks.
- In 2013, his offense ranked first nationally in third down conversion rate (51.9 percent), 13th in most first downs (297) and 17th in total offense (484.3 yards).
- In 2014, the offense continued to surge, averaging 450 yards a game and more than 34 points.
- In 2012, the Eagles ranked in the top 50 nationally in total offense (411.5 yards) and scoring offense (33.8 points).
Stein is a former CSC tight end who caught 107 passes for 1,281 yards and 14 touchdowns during his career that ended in 1989.
After graduating, Stein coached high school football two years at Julesburg, Colo., four years at Gordon and one year at Gering. Led by teams that were 10-1 and 8-2 at Gordon, his career record is 35-29.
After living in Rockford, Illinois, Stein and his family returned to Chadron in 2003, when he became head coach of the Wyoming Cavalry of the National Indoor Football League.
Chris and his wife Nancy, a registered nurse, have five children. Their oldest, Kassi, and her husband, Trent, have two children, Isaac and Jax. The Steins' other children are Karyssa, Kendra, T.D. and Madison. T.D. is a redshirt sophomore on the CSC football team.