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As I prepare to move into another role at UNLV, I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your support of UNLV Athletics. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve this great university as its director of athletics over the past four years.

As a lifelong Las Vegan, former UNLV student-athlete, former UNLV coach, former UNLV administrator and the first woman and first alumna of the school to be its athletics director...

I want to thank our coaches, staff, and student-athletes who make UNLV so amazing and the leaders of this university who have been so supportive.

Our department has achieved so many accomplishments since 2013 and a few are listed below:

Athletic Accomplishments

  • Unprecedented 10 Conference Championships In 13 Months (April 2016 - April 2017)
  • 15 Conference Championships in 8 sports
  • 10 Conference Coaches of the Year in 9 sports
  • 21 Postseason Appearances in 12 sports
  • 22 Conference Players/Freshmen of the Year in 11 sports
  • 20 All-Americans in 8 sports

Academic Accomplishments

  • 3 Academic All-Americans
  • 12 Academic All-District Honorees in 6 sports
  • Graduation Success Rates (GSR) - Each year at 75% or greater
  • 20 Single-Year Perfect APR Scores
  • Football APR reversal was lifted in June 2014
  • 346 Mountain West Academic All-Conference Recipients (min. 3.0 GPA)
  • 159 Mountain West Scholar-Athletes (min. 3.5 GPA)
  • Combined APR of 969 - 96.9% of student-athletes were eligible and retained
  • 24 Former Student-Athletes Returned To Earn Degree
  • 4 Teams Earned NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards – Perfect multiyear scores of 1000

Fundraising Success

  • Secured largest single gift in UNLV Athletics history - $10 million - Fertitta Football Complex
  • Announced largest previous gift of $2 million for same project
  • Built Anthony and Lyndy Marnell III Baseball Clubhouse

Domination of Governor's Series - Champions in 2014, 2015, 2016

Mountain West Community Service Award Winner - 2016-17

NCAA Compliance - No Major Infractions

Learfield Director's Cup - Best-ever 125 points for Fall 2016

Leadership and Student Initiatives

  • Launched program to support UNLV Athletics staff members in their continued professional growth and development
  • Launched student internship program across Marketing and Communications. Over three years, provided instruction, hands-on work experience and professional development for more than 25 undergraduate and graduate students at UNLV
  • Program has expanded to include a partnership with the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights, providing a unique, two-year professional development opportunity for students who aspire to a career in Sports Marketing or Sports Communications


  • Set single-game marks for baseball, women's basketball, and men's and women's soccer; and attracted largest crowd for a college basketball game in the state of Nevada in more than 25 years (19,107 at T Mobile Arena; Duke vs. UNLV; Dec. 10, 2016)

UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame - Reinstated for the first time in five years.

It was an honor and a privilege to serve as your athletic director and I wish our coaches, student-athletes, staff, donors and fans nothing but continued success. I will forever treasure the memories from UNLV and look forward to all the great success that the future will bring.

In closing, I want to welcome Desiree Reed-Francois and her family to Las Vegas and UNLV and wish her the very best as she begins her new role at this great institution.

Always and forever a Rebel,

Tina Kunzer-Murphy

Tina Kunzer-Murphy
UNLV Director of Athletics

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