|Position:||Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coor./Safeties|
|Hometown:||St. Louis, Missouri|
|High School:||Webster Grove High School|
Chris Ball, 45, begins his third season as Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties. Ball arrived at WSU after spending the 2007 season as secondary coach at the University of Pittsburgh under head coach Dave Wannstedt. During his only campaign the Panthers ranked fourth nationally in pass defense (167.3 ypg) and seventh in total defense (297.7 ypg).
Prior to that Ball served four seasons coaching the secondary at Alabama, having moved from Pullman when Mike Price was named head coach at Alabama following the 2002 season. While at Alabama, Ball coached a Crimson Tide secondary that in 2004 led the nation in pass defense, allowing just 113.1 passing yards per game. That same year Alabama ranked second in pass efficiency defense.
The following season the Alabama secondary ranked fifth in both pass defense (160.8 ypg) and pass efficiency defense (97.8 rating), and the Crimson Tide ranked second nationally in total defense. In 2006 Ball oversaw the progress of free safety Roman Harper, who earned All-SEC honors and was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's top defensive back.
From 2000-02 Ball served under Price coaching WSU's defensive backs, mentoring such Cougar greats as Lamont Thompson, Jason David, Marcus Trufant and Erik Coleman. During his three seasons WSU's defense compiled 56 interceptions, including 26 during the 2001 campaign, which tied for second nationally. That season Thompson set a WSU single-season record and led the Pacific-10 Conference with 10 interceptions en route to All-America honors.
The following season Trufant earned first-team All-Pac-10 and second-team All-America honors under the tutelage of Ball. Trufant, who was drafted 11th overall by the Seahawks in 2003, was part of a secondary that included three other future NFL players: David, Coleman and Hamza Abdullah.
The St. Louis, Mo., native and 1981 graduate of Webster Grove High played football at Missouri Western State College and later served as a graduate assistant and defensive coordinator at his alma mater.
The 1985 All-American defensive back coached at both Northeast Missouri State (1986-87) and Akron (1987-88) before joining Price's staff in 1989. He coached at Coffeyville Community College (1990-94), Western Oregon State College (1995-96) and Missouri Western State (1997-98). Prior to joining the Cougar staff in 2000, Ball spent the 1999 season as defensive coordinator for Idaho State Head Coach Larry Lewis.
Ball and his wife Tandi have two children, son Brennan (17) and daughter Abigail (6).