Ronnie Vinklarek

Ronnie  Vinklarek

Offensive Line

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Ronnie Vinklarek enters his ninth season of coaching the Rice offensive line, having joined the Owls' football staff on February 28, 2009.

Vinklarek welcomes a veteran unit in 2017 led by four starters in seniors Peter Godber and Trey Martin and juniors Calvin Anderson and Sam Pierce along with junior Corey Klingler who made a total of eight starts last year between center and guard.

Two of Vinklarek's three graduating 2014 seniors, Ian Gray (Bears) and Nico Carlson (Cowboys), found their way into NFL rookie camps while 2015 senior Caleb Williams earned a tryout with the Denver Broncos.


Vinklarek is no stranger to the Houston area or Conference USA. He coached the linemen at the University of Houston from 1988-93 and at SMU from 2004-07. He also coached at the high school level in Houston, coaching the defensive line at Spring Branch High School in 1983 and was the offensive coordinator at Clear Lake High School 1994 in a district championship season and at Conroe High School in 1996.

While at Houston, he mentored the offensive line that protected Andre Ware during his Heisman Trophy winning season (1989) and was selected to coach in the 1990 Blue-Gray Game after helping UH to a 10-1 season. He originally came to Houston as a graduate assistant under former Houston Oilers and Washington Redskins head coach Jack Pardee and was promoted to full-time assistant in 1990.

Vinklarek coached in the NFL for three seasons. He broke into the league in 2000 with the Tennessee Titans as their defensive quality control, linebackers and special teams coach. He moved on to the Buffalo Bills in 2001 and coached their offensive line for two seasons. In 2002 the Bills offensive line paved the way for a 4,359-yard passer in Drew Bledsoe, a 1,439-yard rusher in Travis Henry and two 1,200-yard-plus receivers in Eric Moulds and Peerless Price.

Prior to joining the Owls, he coached the offensive line for the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. He broke into the coaching ranks as the seventh and eighth grade coach at Hill Country Middle School after graduating from Southwest Texas in 1981. From 1983 to 1984, was the defensive line coach for Spring Branch High School in Houston before becoming the defensive coordinator at Marble Falls (Texas) High School from 1984-86.

He also served as offensive line coach at Oklahoma State (1998 & 1999), Valdosta State (1997), Middle Tennessee State (2003) as well as with the CFL's Birmingham Barracudas (1995).

A Flatonia, Texas, native, Vinklarek is married to the former Marianne Britz. The couple has two sons, Trevor, who is a sophomore at Rice, and Trent.



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