Tarkanian Classic Returns to Orleans Arena with Top High School Basketball Teams Dec. 19-20

Tarkanian Classic Returns to Orleans Arena with Top High School Basketball Teams Dec. 19-20


The Tarkanian Classic basketball tournament returns to Orleans Arena, bringing some of the nation’s most talented high school basketball players to the court on December 19-20.

Named after legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, the tournament will feature top girls and boys high school basketball teams from across the country. Since its inception, the Tarkanian Classic has become one of the most popular prep tournaments in the nation, featuring high school players who have gone on to enjoy major success in both college basketball and professional basketball leagues. Teams from coast to coast will be represented in the tournament, and will be separated into four divisions for tournament play.

For more information about the Tarkanian Classic, visit www.tarkanianclassic.com


Thursday, December 19 and Friday, December 20

The tournament schedule is as follows:

Thursday, December 19
11 a.m. – Girl’s Quarterfinals – Diamond Game 8
12:30 p.m. – Girls Quarterfinals – Ruby Game 10
2 p.m. – Girl’s Quarterfinals – Ruby Game 12
3:30 p.m. – Girl’s Quarterfinals – Diamond Game 10
5 p.m. – Girl’s Quarterfinals – Diamond Game 12
6:30 p.m. – Girl’s Quarterfinals – Diamond Game 14
8 p.m. – Girls Quarterfinal’s – Diamond Game 16

Friday, December 20
10 a.m. – The Eastbay Bracket – Boy’s Semifinals #1
11:30 p.m. – The Eastbay Bracket – Boy’s Semifinals #2
1 p.m. – The Orleans Bracket – Boy’s Semifinals #1
2:30 p.m. – The Orleans Bracket – Boy’s Semifinals #2
4 p.m. – The Platinum Bracket – Boy’s Semifinals #1
5:30 p.m. – The Platinum Bracket – Boy’s Semifinals #2
7 p.m. – The Eight Bracket – Boy’s Semifinals #2
8:30 p.m. – The Eight Bracket – Boy’s Semifinals #2


Orleans Arena
4500 West Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89103


Adult tickets are $15 each day plus tax and fees, and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000; online at www.OrleansArena.com, in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office. Student (ages 6+) and senior (ages 65+) tickets are $10. Children under 5 years old are free.

Tarkanian Classic Brings Top High School Basketball Teams to Orleans Arena Dec. 19-20

Tarkanian Classic Brings Top High School Basketball Teams to Orleans Arena Dec. 19-20


The Tarkanian Classic basketball tournament returns to the Orleans Arena, bringing some of the country’s most talented high school basketball players to take the court on December 19-20.

Named after legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, the tournament will feature top boys and girls high school basketball teams from across the nation. Since its inception, the Tarkanian Classic has become one of the most popular prep tournaments in the nation, featuring high school players who have gone on to enjoy major success in both the NCAA and NBA. Teams from coast to coast will be represented in the tournament, and will be separated into four divisions for tournament play.

Wednesday, December 19 and Thursday, December 20

Tournament schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, December 19
11 a.m. – Little Rock Hall, AR vs. Orange Lutheran, CA
12:30 p.m. – Liberty, NV vs. Mayfair, CA
2 p.m. – Grandview, CO vs. Coronado, NV
3:30 p.m. – Bishop Gorman, NV vs. Lone Peak, UT
5 p.m. – Rancho Christian, CA vs. Constitution, PA
6:30 p.m. – Federal Way, WA vs. Bishop O’ Dowd, CA
8 p.m. – Dillard, FL vs. Chino Hills, CA

Thursday, December 20
11 a.m. – Winner Diamond 1 vs. Winner Diamond 2 (Girls)
12:30 p.m. – Winner Diamond 3 vs. Winner Diamond 4 (Girls)
2 p.m. – Winner Diamond 5 vs. Winner Diamond 6 (Girls)
3:30 p.m. – Northeast, FL vs. Sheldon, CA (Boys)
5 p.m. – Whitney Young, IL vs. Buckeye, AZ (Boys)
6:30 p.m. – Whitney Young, IL vs. Rodriguez, CA (Girls)
8 p.m. – Sierra Canyon, CA vs. Redemption Christian, NY (Girls)


Orleans Arena
4500 West Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Adult tickets are $15 each day plus tax and fees, and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000; online at www.OrleansArena.com, in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office. Student (ages 6-17) and senior (ages 65+) tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Orleans Arena Box Office. Four-pack ticket packages are also available for $25 plus tax and fees.

Tarkanian Classic Brings High School Hoops to Orleans Arena Dec. 20

Tarkanian Classic Brings High School Hoops to Orleans Arena Dec. 20


The Tarkanian Classic basketball tournament returns to the Orleans Arena, bringing some of the country’s most talented high school basketball players to take the court on Wednesday, Dec. 20.Named after legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, the tournament will feature top boys and girls high school basketball teams from across the country. Since its inception, the Tarkanian Classic has become one of the most popular prep tournaments in the nation, featuring high school players who have gone on to enjoy major success in both the NCAA and the NBA. Teams from coast to coast will be represented in the tournament, and will be separated into four divisions for tournament play.


Wednesday, Dec. 20
Tournament games begin at 10:30 a.m.


Orleans Arena
4500 West Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Regular tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000; online at www.OrleansArena.com, in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office. Student (ages 6-17) and senior (ages 65+) tickets are $7 and can only be purchased at the Orleans Arena Box Office.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels To Retire Eddie Owens’ Jersey On Wednesday Night


UNLV’s all-time leading scorer to be honored at halftime during Nov. 16 game vs. UC Riverside



Eddie Owens, the former Runnin’ Rebel All-American and the all-time leading scorer in program history, will have his UNLV jersey retired during a special ceremony at halftime of the men’s basketball game vs. UC Riverside on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Owens, who starred at UNLV from 1973-77 under Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, was part of the “Hardway Eight,” the 1976-77 Runnin’ Rebels that put the program on the national map and advanced to the school’s first NCAA Final Four.

Owens scored 2,221 points during his UNLV career, 148 more points than any other Runnin’ Rebel in history – and did so before the introduction of the 3-pointer. He also holds the UNLV record for most field goals made in a career with 913.

In addition, Owens ranks in the top 10 in program history in most career free throws made (395), points scored in a season (twice), career scoring average (18.8 ppg) and seasonal scoring average (23.4 ppg in 1975-76). He paced the team in scoring for three consecutive campaigns (one of only two Runnin’ Rebels to do so in the last 40 years).

He was the emerging program’s second All-American when he was tabbed First Team by a pair of outlets as a junior in 1976. The native of Houston, Texas, scored 39 points in a game in 1976, which is among the top-20 performances in UNLV history.

“Through their talent, success and style of play, Eddie Owens and the Hardway Eight established Runnin’ Rebel Basketball as a national power,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Tina Kunzer-Murphy. “The success our program enjoyed during subsequent decades was built upon what Eddie and his teammates achieved. To be the all-time leading scorer in the history of our program is an incredible accomplishment. Eddie means so much to the tradition of Runnin’ Rebel Basketball, and we are proud to honor and pay tribute to him in this way.”

The team gained fame during his senior season by setting NCAA records for most points in a season (3,246), most 100-point games (23) and most consecutive 100-point games (12).

In his final collegiate game, Owens scored 34 points to lead UNLV to a 106-94 victory over UNC Charlotte in the now-defunct consolation game of the NCAA Tournament to make the Runnin’ Rebels a stunning 102-16 during his four years on the court.

Selected in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Kansas City Kings (31st overall), he played one season in the league for Buffalo.

Owens’ number 11 will be the ninth player jersey to be retired by the school in men’s basketball. Owens was inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

In addition to the jersey retirement ceremony, new art will be installed on the Thomas & Mack Center’s concourse prior to Wednesday’s game recognizing the “Hardway Eight” and the 1976-77 Runnin’ Rebel team’s accomplishments.

UNLV’s game vs. UCR on Wednesday is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or in person at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Tark Toy Drive Aims To Make Children Smile – Donate This Saturday!


UNLV fans are encouraged to donate new stuffed toys at the Runnin’ Rebels game vs. Nevada, Reno on Saturday, Feb. 20


tark toy drive

The family of Hall of Famer and legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian has launched the Tark Toy Drive to raise awareness for how strokes can happen at any age. 


UNLV fans are encouraged to bring new stuffed toys to the Runnin’ Rebel game vs. Nevada, Reno, on Saturday, Feb. 20. The toys will be collected from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the main entrance of the Thomas & Mack Center and also at the Cox Pavilion (student) entrance.


The Toy Drive is also taking place in Fresno, Calif.


“Jerry was loved in Las Vegas and Fresno and now the Tarkanian family is so pleased these communities will honor him and make a difference in the lives of children in need,” Amy Tarkanian said. “The Tark Toy Drive will benefit kids at two wonderful hospitals, including UMC. I am looking forward to seeing all of our family and friends and filling up the toy box!”


Last April, Coach Tarkanian’s grandson — five-year-old Jerry Tarkanian — suffered a stroke and his family credits the quick medical attention of University Medical Center of Southern Nevada and an outpouring of love, thoughts and prayers from so many in both the Las Vegas and Fresno communities for his amazing recovery.


While the younger Jerry Tarkanian was being treated in the hospital for an ischemic stroke, his family saw so many other children receiving medical care and how families were trying to bring them comfort even as they struggled with their own worries and fears. The Tarkanians feel fortunate that his family and friends were constantly by his side.


And that’s what inspired Amy and Danny Tarkanian to raise awareness — not just about pediatric strokes, but that strokes can happen at any age as the late Coach Tarkanian also suffered from strokes during his life — and launch the Tark Toy Drive.


“A stroke can occur at ANY age, and quick medical attention can be critical,” Amy Tarkanian added. “To help spread this message and encourage people to talk with their doctors about early warning signs, Tark Toy Drive is collecting new stuffed toys for kids in hospitals suffering from strokes, injuries or any illnesses. We want to put a smile on each child’s face to help them ease their road to recovery.” 


In addition to UMC in Las Vegas, Valley Children’s in Madera, Calif., is the hospital in the Fresno area that the Tark Toy Drive will donate to.


The Tarkanian Family hopes the Tark Toy Drive gives children the chance to cuddle with a soft stuffed animal or play with a new toy so that these special children experience comfort and joy as well as giving some peace of mind to parents who are unable to always be by their side.


Las Vegas 51s Host Albuquerque Isotopes and Salt Lake Bees in 9-Game Homestand (July 4th -11th) – 5-year-old Jerry Tarkanian To “Throw Out” 1st Pitch July 4th



Jerry Tarkanian, the five-year-old son of Danny Tarkanian, will “Throw Out” the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday, July 4th at Cashman Field.

The Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, Pacific Coast League action, at 7:05 p.m.

 The traditional post-game Fireworks Extravaganza will be featured!

About Jerry’s grandfather…


Jerry Tarkanian, a 2013 inductee into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., coached 31 years on the Division I level at Long Beach State (1968-73), UNLV and Fresno State (1995-2002) and finished his career with a 784-202 record (.795).  In his 19-year run with UNLV, from 1973 to 1992, he went 509-105 for an .829 winning percentage. He took the Runnin’ Rebels to the Final Four “4” times, winning the NCAA title in 1990, the only one the program has ever won. He passed away on February 11, 2015 at the age of 84.


The Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, and the 2013 & 2014 Pacific Southern Division Champions, will open an nine-game (eight-day) homestand on Saturday, July 4 against the Albuquerque Isotopes, Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, at Cashman Field at 7:05 p.m.  The four-game series against Albuquerque will conclude on Tuesday, July 7 (all games at 7:05 p.m.)  The 51s will then host the Salt Lake Bees, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, in a five-game series from Wednesday-Saturday, July 8-11. All games will be at 7:05 p.m. except for the 5:05 p.m. double-header on Thursday, July 9.





The 51s organization will present The Best Independence Day Fireworks Show in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 4th following the Albuquerque/51s contest at 7:05 p.m.   Fans can also enjoy the “Dreyer’s Ice Cream Family Fun Fest” inside the Cashman Convention Center from 3 – 6 p.m. with games, live music & more.  The fun fest is free with a game ticket to the July 4th contest.

All seats are priced at $15.00 for this special game



Las Vegas, under third-year manager Wally Backman and the 2014 PCL Manager of the Year, are currently on a brief four-game road trip to the Pacific Northwest against the Tacoma Rainiers, Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. The road trip will conclude on Friday evening and Las Vegas is 0-2 in the series.  The “first place” 51s (45-35 record, .563) hold a 5.5 game lead over second-place El Paso (39-40, .494) in the Pacific Southern Division.


The 51s organization have the proud distinction of being the longest enduring franchise in the history of professional sports in the state of Nevada.


2015 ATTENDANCE: In 38 dates, Las Vegas’ total is 194,023 for an average of 5,106.  The 51s began the 2015 “home” season with back-to-back sellouts on April 17 (11,007) and April 18 (9,928).  The “home opener” crowd on April 17 of 11,007 was the largest in the 33-year franchise history (10,622 – inaugural home opener on April 10, 1983 vs. Salt Lake City).  The Las Vegas franchise has reached the 300,000 plateau in “home” attendance in all 32 seasons (1983-2014) and the all-time attendance total now stands at 10,838,232.


Smith’s Value Menu Monday will be presented in game three of the series on July 6.  Monday “home” games will feature a “Value Menu” for the seventh straight season!  The 51s and Aramark have teamed together for discounted food items on Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Peanuts, Cracker Jacks and Pretzels for just $1.00 per item.


Albuquerque’s roster features two of the top 10 prospects in the Rockies organization, according to Baseball America: Right-handed pitcher Jon Gray (No. 2) and right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler (No. 4).


Budweiser Dollar Beer Night will be presented on Thursday, July 9 and will feature a 5:05 p.m. double-header (two seven-inning games).  “Dollar Beer Night” will be presented at every Thursday home game during the 2015 season.  Proper identification and wristbands are required for dollar beer night.


Game four of the series on Friday, July 10 will feature 51s Player Cards Night, presented by Zero Fatalities, to the first 2,500 fans through the gates (open at 6 p.m.).


51s Pair of Pint Glasses Night will then be presented in the finale of the nine-game homestand on Saturday, July 11, to the first 2,500 fans through the gates.


Salt Lake’s roster features two of the top 10 prospects in the Angels organization, according to Baseball America: Second baseman Alex Yarbrough (No. 8) and right-handed pitcher Nick Tropeano (N0. 9)

The 51s will broadcast all games on Lotus Broadcasting on Sports 920 (AM) The Game, which will carry live all 144 regular season games. Also, all games will be available on the 51s website (Major League Baseball Advanced Media, MLBAM) at www.LV51.comRuss Langer, the nine-time Nevada Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA), is in his 16th season behind the microphone calling 51s baseball.


All 51s games (home & away) will also be broadcast on MiLB.TV via LV51.com.


Following the homestand, the Triple-A All-Star Break will be from Sunday-Wednesday, July 12-15.


The First National Bank 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game, presented by Gildan, will be held on Wednesday, July 15 at Werner Park in Omaha, Neb., home of the PCL’s Storm Chasers, Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.  The game, featuring the International League All-Stars vs. PCL All-Stars, will be broadcast live on MLB Network at 5 p.m. (PT) with Paul Severino (play-by-play), Bill Ripken (analyst) and Sam Ryan (field reporter).  Sports 920 The Game will also broadcast the contest with Mark Nasser (play-by-play voice of Omaha) and Pete Michaud (Norfolk Tides).


Las Vegas will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. on Thursday, July 16 to open a brief four-game road trip against the Isotopes (July 16-19).


Tickets for all 51s home games can be purchased at the America First Credit Union Box Office at Cashman Field. The box office is open Monday-Friday (non-game days) from Noon to 4:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com). Ticketmaster outlets are located at selected Smith’s Food & Drug.


The individual game tickets for the 72-game home season are priced at $11.00 (reserved, $12.00-Day of Game); $14.00 (plaza, $15.00-Day of Game) and $15.00 (field, $16.00-Day of Game) & the blue dugout seats at $25.00.  The traditional $2.00 discount for Military personnel is offered on field, plaza and reserved seats throughout the season except for the “Fireworks Extravaganza” on Saturday, July 4 (all seats are priced at $15.00 for this special event).


Season tickets and mini-plan packages (11, 22, 36-game plans) are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825.


Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.LV51.com. 



UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels Host Boise State Wednesday At 8 PM, Pregame Tarkanian Tribute Planned


UNLV men’s basketball down to seven scholarship players because of injuries, pregame tribute to Coach Tarkanian planned


The UNLV men’s basketball team, winner of four of its last six games, is coming off a 73-61 win vs. Fresno State and a 76-75 loss at Air Force in its two games last week. The Runnin’ Rebels will now host Boise State on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.

A special pregame tribute in memory of legendary former Runnin’ Rebel head coach and Hall of Famer Jerry Tarkanian, who recently passed away, will take place. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats early for the tribute. In addition, fans will receive a commemorative towel to honor Coach Tarkanian.

UNLV’s two losses over its last six games are by one point each – at Air Force on Saturday and at Colorado State (83-82) on Feb. 7. Taking out the Runnin’ Rebels’ overtime loss at Boise State (82-73 on Jan. 13), and the wins over Air Force (74-63 on Jan. 31), Fresno State (Feb. 10) and San José State (74-40 on Jan. 10), UNLV’s other eight Mountain West games have been decided by an average of 3.0 points per game (two one-point games, three two-point games, two five-point games and a six-point game).

UNLV, which had to replace all five starters from a year ago, used a rotation for most of this season that included five freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors. Freshman guard Rashad Vaughn, who is out of action after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee on Feb. 10 vs. Fresno State, had led the team in scoring with an average of 17.8 ppg, which ranks second in the Mountain West and third in the country among freshmen. Sophomore forward Christian Wood has 14 double-doubles this year, which ranks 11th in the country, and has averages of 15.6 ppg (6th in MW), and team highs of 10.0 rpg (2nd in MW, 18th in the country) and 3.0 bpg (1st in MW, 11th in the country). Freshman forward Goodluck Okonoboh is second on the team in blocks with 2.8 per game (2nd in MW, 14th in the country, 2nd among all freshmen). Senior guard Cody Doolin leads the squad and MW with 3.9 apg and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.1, which leads the conference and is 10th nationally. Freshman guard Patrick McCaw is second in the MW in assists per game (3.8) and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) during conference-only games.

As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels are third in the nation in total blocks (173), third in blocks per game (6.9 bpg), ninth in defensive rebounds per game (27.16) and 34th in field-goal percentage defense (39.1).

Wednesday night’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn and Pete Gillen calling the action. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM in Las Vegas. All internet links along with live stats will be available at UNLVRebels.com.

GAME #26


Boise State (18-7, 8-4 Mountain West) 

UNLV (14-11, 5-7 Mountain West)

 Wednesday, February 18, 2015
 8 p.m.
 Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,500)
TV: CBS Sports Network (Carter Blackburn, Pete Gillen)

RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
AUDIO: UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com

STATS: Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com


UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian Passes Away


Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian Was 84


Legendary basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, who took the Runnin’ Rebels to four Final Fours and brought home the national championship in 1990, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. He was 84.

A campus memorial event is being planned. Details will be announced soon.

“The UNLV community mourns the passing of Coach Jerry Tarkanian, and our condolences are with Jerry’s wife, Lois, and the Tarkanian family,” said UNLV President Len Jessup.

“Coach Tarkanian’s contribution to UNLV and Southern Nevada stretches far beyond the game of basketball. Many in Southern Nevada and around the nation were introduced to UNLV through Coach Tarkanian and the Runnin’ Rebels. He made Runnin’ Rebel basketball a brand name during his 19 years on campus, inspiring our community and creating a legacy that endures to this day. He will be deeply missed though fondly remembered as a college basketball icon and as one of the greats in our university’s history.”

Current UNLV men’s basketball head coach Dave Rice was both a player and coach under Tarkanian. He said, “The qualities that make UNLV a great university – opportunity, self-determination and equality – are the same qualities that coach Tarkanian ingrained in his teams. The impact of coach’s contributions to our university, our community, his players and all of college basketball, is immeasurable.”

Rice added, “He instilled in me a confidence and commitment to doing what I believe is right for all people I am around. He saw something in me and gave me my first opportunity in coaching and I will be forever grateful. He will always be a part of UNLV, and our university is a better institution because of that. We are all saddened by this loss, our deepest condolences to the Tarkanian family.”


Tarkanian, who coached the Runnin’ Rebels from 1973 to 1992, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 8, 2013, in recognition of his significant achievements as a basketball coach. He is the first UNLV coach or player to be enshrined.

Among the milestones achieved by Tarkanian, popularly known as “Tark the Shark,” while serving as a collegiate head coach are:

  • Setting a record margin of victory in a national men’s basketball championship game when his 1990 Runnin’ Rebels team defeated Duke 103-73. That 30-point margin still holds the record today.
  • Compiling a Division I coaching record of 784-202 while at Long Beach State, UNLV, and Fresno State.
  • Achieving a career winning percentage of .784 as recognized by NCAA ranks 10th all-time.
  • Becoming the second fastest coach to reach 700 career wins in NCAA history, behind only Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp.
  • Coaching Division I teams for a total of 31 years.
  • Posting a 509-105 (.829) record at UNLV.
  • Having a winning season each year at UNLV while coaching 13 players recognized as All-Americans a total of 20 times.
  • Winning 11 regular-season conference championships, seven tournament championships and made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, including a string of nine straight – all at UNLV.
  • Coaching his final UNLV game on March 3, 1992, with the Rebels defeating Utah State 65-53. He left UNLV as the winningest coach in college basketball history (.835).

In addition to the Hall of Fame, a variety of honors have been bestowed upon Tarkanian over the years, including:

  • In 2013 sculptor Brian Hanlon created a bronze statue [link to: http://news.unlv.edu/article/ghost-chair] of Tarkanian showing the coach biting on the omnipresent game-day towel as he leans forward in his chair, appearing to watch a suspenseful moment in a game. Underwritten by the UNLV Alumni Association and private donations, the sculpture sits outside the Thomas & Mack Center.
  • In 2010, a year that marked the 20th anniversary of the national championship, the UNLV Alumni Association presented Tarkanian with its Silver State Award for his contributions to UNLV and to the Southern Nevada community. It is the highest honor the association awards to someone who is not a UNLV alumnus.
  • In 2005, the university named the basketball court at the Thomas & Mack Center after Tarkanian.
  • In 1998, was named to both UNLV’s Athletics Hall of Fame and the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame.
  • In 1983, was named Coach of the Year by the United Press International. Was also an eight-time conference coach of the year at UNLV.

UNLV Athletics Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy noted the lifelong bonds that Tarkanian formed with his players and their families. “Our hearts are heavy today, as we’ve lost an icon — a leader who will be forever remembered,” she said. “Coach Tarkanian was fiercely proud of UNLV. He loved his student-athletes and their families. And he cared deeply about the Las Vegas community.

“He was a fighter, and his teams reflected that same intensity and fighting spirit. He was never afraid to stand up for a cause, or a person, he believed in – and nothing was more important to him than fairness. He valued loyalty and dedication above all else, and returned it in equal measure. He coached with intensity, but lived a life defined by generosity.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach’s family, his many friends, and the generations of players whose lives were bettered because of him. He will be deeply missed.”

Early Career

Born Aug. 8, 1930, in Euclid, Ohio, Tarkanian earned an associate of arts degree from Pasadena City College in California before transferring to Fresno State, where he played basketball for the Bulldogs for two seasons before graduating in 1955 with a bachelor of arts degree. He later earned a master’s degree in educational management from the University of Redlands.

He began his collegiate coaching career in 1961 at California’s Riverside City College, later moving to Pasadena (Calif.) City College . Then in 1968 it was on to California State University, Long Beach. In 1973, he became head coach of the Runnin’ Rebels, the fifth in program history. After leaving UNLV in 1992, he briefly coached the San Antonio Spurs later that year. In 1995 he became head coach at his alma mater, Fresno State, remaining with the Bulldogs until his retirement in 2002.

In 38 total seasons on the sideline, he won an all-time record 990 games, among all divisions including junior college,

Tarkanian is survived by his wife, Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian; four children, Pam Tarkanian, Jodie Diamant, Danny Tarkanian, and George Tarkanian; and numerous grandchildren.

More Info

For more on Tarkanian, visit the UNLV Pioneer: Jerry Tarkanian website.

Share your comments and memories of Coach Tarkanian in your social media accounts using #Tark.


UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels Picked Second By Mountain West Media, Birch & Kendall Smith Recognized




UNLV’s Khem Birch named to preseason all-conference team, Kendall Smith selected as Preseason Freshman of the Year

The UNLV men’s basketball team was picked to finish in a tie for second place in the Mountain West in 2013-14 as the league released its preseason media poll and all-conference team on Tuesday.

Two Runnin’ Rebel players earned recognition as junior forward Khem Birch was selected to the six-member (because of a tie in the balloting) preseason all-conference team and guard Kendall Smith was named Preseason Freshman of the Year.

A panel comprised of conference media selected defending MW regular-season and tournament champion New Mexico as the overwhelming preseason favorite to win this season’s regular-season title. The Lobos received 23 of 24 first-place votes and 263 points to garner the top spot in the poll. The Runnin’ Rebels claimed the remaining first-place vote and 214 points to tie with Boise State for second place, while San Diego State garnered 212 points to finish fourth.

Mountain West newcomer Utah State collected 156 points for fifth place, followed by Colorado State in sixth (142 points) and Wyoming (112 points) in seventh. Rounding out the poll were Fresno State (96 points) in eighth place, Nevada, Reno (84 points) in ninth, Air Force (61 points) in 10th and MW newcomer San José State (30 points) in 11th.

Two seniors and four junior representing four institutions were chosen for the preseason all-conference team. Joining Birch were Boise State junior guard/forward Anthony Drmic and junior guard Derrick Marks, Nevada, Reno senior guard Deonte Burton and New Mexico junior center Alex Kirk and senior guard Kendall Williams.

Williams was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year, while San Diego State senior forward Josh Davis was the recipient of the Preseason Newcomer of the Year honor.

Birch was tabbed last season’s MW Defensive Player of the Year and was also a MW All-Defensive Team selection. He blocked a league-high 48 shots in MW competition during 2012-13, averaging 3.0 rejections per game and also contributed 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game (12th in the league) against conference opponents to receive All-MW honorable mention.

Smith, ranked as a Top-100 recruit by ESPN.com, averaged 27.5 points, 6.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game, while shooting 46 percent from the field as a senior at Deer Valley High School in Antioch, Calif. He played in 27 games as a senior, recording 25 or more points on 12 occasions with a season-high of 52.

The Runnin’ Rebels played in their fourth straight NCAA Tournament last season and their sixth in the last seven years. Only 12 programs nationally have matched that and it is tops in the MW over that span.

UNLV head coach Dave Rice led the Runnin’ Rebels to another 25-win season in 2012-13 as they went 25-10 overall and 10-6 in conference play to finish third. The 51 wins by the program over the last two seasons is the most ever by a UNLV coach after his first two years leading the program (Hall of Famer Jerry Tarkanian had 44 wins in his first two years).

UNLV has been among the nation’s top 25 in home attendance in each of the last five seasons, coming in at No. 1 in the MW, No. 1 on the West Coast (also for five straight years) and 14th nationally in 2012-13.

UNLV, which won four games over ranked teams last year and ranked in the top-10 nationally in assists, rebounding and blocks, returns two starters and five players overall from last year. Ten new players are on the 2013-14 roster, including three that used their redshirt year while practicing with the team in 2012-13.

A limited number of season tickets in the lower bowl of the Thomas & Mack Center for the 2013-14 season are on sale now. Seats are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis and may be purchased in person at the Thomas & Mack Center box office, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or online at UNLVtickets.com. Supplies are limited and prices vary based on location with a priority seating donation required in addition to the ticket price.

For more information on purchasing season tickets in the lower plaza level, contact the Rebel Athletic Fund at 702-895-1533. For information on all other tickets, call 702-739-FANS or visit UNLVtickets.com.


2013-14 MW MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL                                                
Rank        School (First-Place Votes)        Points
1.         New Mexico (23)         263
2.         UNLV (1)         214
        Boise State         214
4.         San Diego State         212
5.         Utah State         156
6.         Colorado State         142
7.         Wyoming         112
8.         Fresno State         96
9.         Nevada         84
10.         Air Force         61
11.         San José State         30        
2013-14 MW MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM                                        
Name        Class        Pos.        Institution                
Anthony Drmic        Jr.        G/F        Boise State
Derrick Marks        Jr.        G        Boise State
Deonte Burton        Sr        G        Nevada
Alex Kirk        Jr.        C        New Mexico
Kendall Williams        Sr.        G        New Mexico
Khem Birch        Jr.        F        UNLV

Preseason Player of the Year
Kendall Williams, Sr., G, New Mexico
Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Josh Davis, Sr., F, San Diego State

Preseason Freshman of the Year
Kendall Smith, G, UNLV

Bruce Merrin Celeb Spkrs Books Jerry Tarkanian at Henderson Hyundai Superstore Sep 13 5-7 p.m.

Bruce Merrin Celebrity Speakers Books Jerry Tarkanian For Personal AppearanceAt Henderson Hyundai Superstore Friday September 13 From 5-7 p.m.

Bruce Merrin Celebrity Speakers has booked Jerry Tarkanian For a personal appearance at Henderson Hyundai Superstore, 460 N. Boulder Highway, Friday, September 13, 5-7 p.m.  The public is invited for this special Event “Tribute to TARK!”

Jerry Tarkanian was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept 8.  He coached the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels 19 years, from 1973-1992.  His teams were famous for their up tempo and aggressive style, captivating fans worldwide.  His overall record is 509-105, an amazing .829 winning percentage.  He led 4 teams to the NCAA Final 4, and his UNLV 1990 team won the National Championship!  In that game UNLV trounced Duke 103-73!

Bruce Merrin’s Celebrity Speakers, headquartered in Las Vegas, is celebrating Its  40 year anniversary.  They have booked Jerry Tarkanian for dozens of speaking engagements and personal appearances. Bruce also got the movie role for Tarkanian in “Honeymoon In Las Vegas” starring James Caan, Nicholas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker.  “Tark recently told me that his film appearance was an unforgettable experience that he treasures, and he has remained close friends with James Caan,” says Merrin.

Merrin booked  the Henderson Hyundai Superstore appearance with Cole  Cloninger, the VP at the auto dealership.


UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Tarkanian Announced As Member Of Hall Of Fame’s Class Of 2013



Legendary former Runnin’ Rebel head coach to be inducted Sept. 8.

Former UNLV men’s basketball head coach Jerry Tarkanian was announced Monday as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013 and will be one of 12 new members to be inducted on Sept. 8 in Springfield, Mass.

The class announcement was made at a press conference in Atlanta, the site of the 2013 NCAA Final Four, and televised live on NBA TV with host Jim Nantz from CBS Sports.

“It’s a real exciting time for me,” Tarkanian told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “There’s so many people to thank.”

During 19 years at the helm of the Runnin’ Rebels (1973-1992), Tarkanian, 82, shaped an uptempo and aggressive style that captivated fans in Las Vegas, and across the nation. Posting a 509-105 (.829) record at UNLV, he took four teams to the NCAA Final Four, winning the national championship in 1990 in a 103-73 runaway over Duke – still the highest margin of victory in NCAA tournament championship game history. He had the court at the Thomas & Mack Center named in his honor on Nov. 26, 2005.

“This honor is tremendous for Coach Tarkanian and his family, and also for UNLV and the city of Las Vegas,” said UNLV Athletics Director Jim Livengood. “It goes without saying that this is long overdue. Everyone associated with the UNLV family is extremely proud of the many accomplishments during his era.”

Already a member of the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame, Tarkanian is one of only two coaches to see his number retired. Known to fans as the towel-chewing “Tark the Shark,” he never had a losing season while at UNLV.

“This is a very well-deserved reward for great effort,” said Brad Rothermel, who was UNLV’s athletics director from 1981-90 and currently works for the department as a special advisor. “To our city, Runnin’ Rebel basketball is a treasure. We don’t have anything else quite like it and with Coach Tarkanian’s guidance it really defined the institution in some ways. He helped give our university recognition it never had previously and that it maintains today. I am delighted for Coach Tarkanian and his family. He had many great accomplishments during his career and this is certainly one of the highlights.”

At the school, Tarkanian coached 13 players recognized as All-Americans a total of 20 times. He won 11 regular-season conference championships, seven conference tournament titles and made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, including a string of nine straight. He was an eight-time conference coach of the year and was named UPI’s National Coach of the Year in 1983.

“We are elated for Coach Tarkanian and his family,” said current UNLV head coach Dave Rice, who also played for the Runnin’ Rebels under Tarkanian from 1989-91. “He has truly had a Hall of Fame career and meant so much to UNLV. This is a great day for Runnin’ Rebel fans and all of Coach Tark’s former coaches and players.”

Over 31 seasons as a Division I head coach, Tarkanian amassed 729 wins, with just 201 losses for a career winning percentage of .784, ranking 10th all-time among NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches. He led Long Beach State from 1968-73 and Fresno State from 1995-2002.

Tarkanian was the second fastest coach to reach 700 career wins in NCAA history, behind only Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp. Overall, he won 900 games in a 38-year college coaching career (including junior college).

Joining Tarkanian as elected members of the Class of 2013 are fellow Las Vegas resident Gary Payton, Rick Pitino, Guy V. Lewis, Bernard King, Dawn Staley and Sylvia Hatchell.

Five others were directly selected through the Hall’s other committees in February: E.B. Henderson (Early African-American Pioneers), Roger Brown (ABA), Oscar Schmidt (International), Richie Guerin (Veterans) and Russ Granik (Contributor).

To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Hall of Fame. The addition of the direct elect committees were incorporated into the election process to maintain a strong focus on keeping history on the forefront of the voting procedures and to preserve a balance between two eras of basketball.

The full announcement from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame may be found by clicking here.