Not only is it Homecoming Week, but tonight is Opening Night for men's and women's basketball at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Lady Rebels tip-off at 5 p.m. and the Runnin' Rebels open their season at 7:30 p.m. It should be a fun night of basketball in Las Vegas ... It is a great time to be a Rebel. Here are some exciting things going on with UNLV Athletics we wanted to share with you:
Six Expectations for UNLV Student-Athletes
It is our responsibility to help the young men and women who are student-athletes at UNLV grow academically, socially and physically. We want to give our 486 student-athletes the best opportunity to leave UNLV with a diploma in one hand and championships in the other ... That said, we have high expectations for what we need to provide our student-athletes:
Academically - We want them to acquire knowledge and earn a degree.
Athletically - We want them to be in a position to complete for championships.
Life Skills - We want to provide vital life skills.
Relationships - We want them to enjoy their experience and develop relationships.
Leadership Experience - We want to expose them to effective leaders and mentors.
Career Placement - We want to assist them in finding a meaningful career.
If we accomplish these things with our student-athletes, we will be producing difference-makers in this world.
Rebel Athletic Fund membership up
Thank you, UNLV supporters ... We have already surpassed our Rebel Athletic Fund (RAF) membership numbers from the 2009-10 year and we still have eight more months to keep growing it - and we will! Thank you for all of those who believe in our mission to serve our student-athletes ... If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a member and supporting our student-athletes, please call (702) 895-1533.
Homecoming football game this Saturday Night
We are looking forward to seeing so many of our supporters at our Homecoming football game on Saturday night as we take on Wyoming at 7 p.m. Homecoming is always a special time of the year for all those involved with a school. And, with all of the energy UNLV has as an institution right now, this celebration has a special feel to it ... On the field, it is no secret that our football team is being challenged. In our last home game vs. TCU, we looked out on the field and saw six of our freshmen on defense line up at the same time across from the No. 3 team in the nation. It's an uphill battle to change a culture, but that is what coach Bobby Hauck and his staff are determined to do. Please click here to see Coach Hauck answer four quick questions about changing a culture. You'll see why we believe the future is bright.
2000 LV Bowl Champs and Clark County High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame
Also, be sure to come out to the Homecoming game on Saturday night as we honor our 2000 Las Vegas Bowl championship team that was led by legendary coach John Robinson. That was a special team and a special year for UNLV fans ... And, next Thursday when we take on Air Force at 7 p.m., we'll be honoring this year's inductees into the Clark County High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. We're proud that Sam Boyd Stadium is the home of the hall of fame. The next time you are at the stadium, please take a few minutes to read the wall wrap honoring these fine individuals. They have made a huge impact on the lives of so many young people in Southern Nevada throughout the years and we are honored to be associated with them.
Local talent staying home
Speaking of local high schools, it's great to see so many local student-athletes choosing UNLV ... In football, Coach Hauck had the largest number of local recruits last season in the history of our program. Earlier this week, new baseball coach Tim Chambers made a splash by signing a number of local recruits who we believe will lead us to the next level. And in basketball, homegrown Runnin' Rebel Anthony Marshall (Mojave High School) is becoming a role model for youngsters throughout the valley (and he's blossoming on the court) while guard Mia Bell (Durango High School) is leading the Lady Rebels playing the point. Both Marshall and Bell are sophomores and will be key fixtures in their lineups for the next few seasons ... Recruiting local talent is important to us and our coaches are taking that seriously.
Men's swimming reaches new heights
The UNLV men's swimming team has earned its highest-ever national ranking as they were ranked No. 18 in the first TYR / CSCAA College Swimming & Diving Poll of the season, which was announced earlier this week ... UNLV is a perfect 3-0 on the season, including a season-opening win at Arizona, who is ranked fifth in the first poll. The Rebels also have wins this year over Arizona State and BYU, both of who received votes. Coach Jim Reitz is a legend here at UNLV - in his 29th season - and his teams have been better than ever in recent years.
Women's soccer finishes strong season
Congratulations to first-year women's soccer coach Jen Klein and her squad on a terrific season. The Rebels' season ended in heart-breaking fashion in a double-overtime loss to New Mexico last week in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament. However, the team finished with an 11-8-1 record a season after notching just five wins.
Thomas & Mack Center suites still available
Owning a suite at the Thomas & Mack Center is a great way to support our student-athletes and ensure the success of UNLV!
You can rent a suite for the entire UNLV men's basketball season for $25,000, or per game for $3,000. Each suite includes 16 tickets and eight VIP parking passes. An additional four "standing room only" tickets are also available for a minimal fee...
Suites are also available for the 2010 National Finals Rodeo! As you probably are aware, this event is a must see ... We have great suites available for various days at $5,500 per night (standard size) or $8,250 per night (large size). The standard suite includes 10 tickets and five VIP parking passes and the large suite includes 16 tickets and eight VIP parking passes. For each suite an additional four "standing room only" tickets are also available for $45 each.
For more information, please contact A.J. Pappas at 895-4496 or Karen Lee at 895-3727. Availability is limited.
Meet Jerry Koloskie
In recent emails, we have introduced you to the newest members of our administrative staff within UNLV Athletics. The new members are combining with veterans within the department to create a strong team and Deputy Director of Athletics Jerry Koloskie is a crucial part of that team ... Jerry, as most people know, did an outstanding job serving as Interim Director of Athletics last summer and fall just prior to me coming to UNLV. And, the greatest compliment I believe I personally can give him is to let others know how unbelievably supportive he's been of my efforts since coming here in December of last year. Many people put in that position - of being in-charge for a period of time - are not comfortable then being asked to serve alongside someone else put in that same leadership position. That says so much about his character. Jerry has been invaluable since my first day on this campus and his pride - his Rebel Pride - for UNLV Athletics shows everyday as he oversees so many facets of this department that I won't start to list them...
He started at UNLV in 1982 as an athletic trainer and became well-known as being head trainer during UNLV men's basketball's successful run in the 1980s and early 1990s. He later joined the admin team in 1996 and has been a critical part of this department in so many different areas. UNLV fans have been fortunate to have such a dedicated person serving them and the department ... Jerry and his lovely wife, Annette, have three children - sons Jim and John, and a daughter, Megan, as well as a granddaughter, Kaydence.
Rebel fans, thank you for your continued support and it is a Great Time to be a Rebel! Get Your Reb On.
Director of Athletics