UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: Department To Begin Welcoming Back Student-Athletes To Campus Monday


Phase I of Return To Play Plan to begin with voluntary workouts that adhere to state and local health guidelines


Phase I Return To Play Training Video


UNLV Athletics, in accordance with guidelines from the State of Nevada, the Southern Nevada Health District, the UNLV COVID-19 Management Team, the Mountain West Conference and the NCAA, will begin to welcome back student-athletes to campus Monday for voluntary workouts.


Student-athletes in the sports of football, women’s soccer and volleyball may return starting on June 8, while those from men’s and women’s basketball, cross country and men’s soccer may return no earlier than June 15.


“We are encouraged by this first important step,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “We have been working daily under the guidelines of our state, our campus and with the expertise from our Head Team Physician, Medical Director and Associate Professor at the UNLV School of Medicine Dr. Wade Gaal, and Brian Labus, Assistant Professor at the UNLV School of Public Health, who serves on the UNLV COVID-19 Management Team as well as the Governor’s COVID-19 Medical Advisory Team. We have been thoughtful and methodical in defining our process in this phased-in approach.


“We are appreciative of the University’s COVID Management Team for their leadership and guidance throughout this process. Taking into account the best practices and industry standards of national and world sporting organizations with the health and safety of student-athletes and staff being our number one priority and at the forefront of our decision making, our Recovery Task Force evaluated input at multiple levels. The primary focus was to map out a return to campus in a way that provides a safe and healthy environment for our student-athletes and mitigates risk, while preserving our mission.”


“We are looking forward to our student-athletes having the opportunity to train under the precautions and policies constructed to ensure the highest level of safety,” Dr. Gaal said. “It is critical that each and every student-athlete has an understanding of these policies and takes them to heart so that we can maintain the standard of care that is necessary to continue towards competition. This is only the beginning and the better we are with adhering to these policies, the better we will be in making the return to competitive sports a reality.”


“The goal of the first phase of Return to Play is to allow our student-athletes to begin workouts, while mitigating the risk that comes with the slow resumption of campus activities,” Labus said. “By limiting the number of people in our facilities, minimizing contact between them, and ensuring that we meet the highest standards of cleaning and sanitation, our student-athletes can safely begin to prepare for their upcoming seasons. We will continue to update our approach to match current best practices in order to provide the safest environment possible for our student-athletes as they return to campus.”


The following guidelines have been implemented regarding the return of student-athletes to campus:

  • All student-athletes must self-quarantine for 14 days prior to any voluntary workouts.
  • All student-athletes, performance staff and coaches will undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing.
  • Student-athletes will be required to complete daily symptom screening and temperature checks upon entering a facility for a workout. A strict ingress/egress protocol has been established.
  • All social distancing and cleanliness protocols must be strictly adhered.
  • All student-athletes will be provided with cloth facial coverings and will be required to wear them at all times, following social distancing protocols; with the only exceptions during workouts.
  • All newcomers must complete high school graduation requirements and full physicals prior to workouts.
  • All student-athletes and staff must complete mandatory protocol training.
  • Limited laundry services will be provided in a systematic manner but locker rooms will remain closed until further notice.
  • Robust and enhanced sanitation procedures have been put in place.
  • All other dates for the return of other sports are to be determined.

As this is an ever-evolving situation, UNLV Athletics will continue to employ all available resources and amend as needed as further information is made available and based on guidance from the State of Nevada, the SNHD, the UNLV COVID-19 Management Team, the Mountain West Conference and the NCAA.



Unique community-minded initiative features 12 events in 10 days

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Featuring 12 events in 10 days, UNLV Athletics’ Rebel Caravan is back this summer but will take place virtually.


Slated to run June 9-18, the Rebel Caravan will be highlighted by the participation of three new leaders of UNLV programs — first-year football head coach Marcus Arroyo, women’s soccer head coach Jenny Ruiz-Williams and women’s basketball coach Lindy La Rocque. The community engagement blitz will help introduce Southern Nevada to the trio as they head into their first season, while also featuring other fall Rebel programs leading into the 2020 season.

Last summer’s Rebel Caravan, sparked by the hiring of Runnin’ Rebel head coach T.J. Otzelberger, featured 33 events in three weeks. Megan Caligiuri, UNLV senior associate athletics director for external operations, said that during these unprecedented times it was even more important to do a caravan sequel, even if it’s on a virtual basis.

“Our coaches are not only experts at their craft but they are also great community leaders,” said Caligiuri. “Their energy and passion for UNLV and Las Vegas is magnetic and while we can’t do it face-to-face quite yet, we still want our fans to have the opportunity to connect with our Rebel leaders and athletics programs as we gear up for fall competition.”

The Rebel Caravan kicks off June 9 at 3 p.m. PT with the program #WEnotME: It Takes a Team. Open to all fans, this Zoom webinar will feature Arroyo and select football student-athletes in what promises to be a lively discussion led by Fox5 sports director Kevin Bolinger.

Arroyo, who took over UNLV after helping lead Oregon to the 2019 Pac-12 Conference Championship and Rose Bowl title as offensive coordinator, will also hold other online meetings with various audiences. He and La Rocque, a Las Vegas native and Durango High School graduate who was hired to take over the Lady Rebels in March, will also hold a session exclusive to UNLV alumni.

Arroyo, Ruiz-Williams, men’s golf volunteer assistant coach A.J. McInerney and Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois will team up for a discussion with the UNLV Letterwinners group in an event hosted by former Rebel quarterback and longtime ESPN personality Kenny Mayne.

In addition, UNLV faculty and staff will be invited to a discussion with Otzelberger, Arroyo, La Rocque and Ruiz-Williams that will be hosted by local radio personality Chet Buchanan from 98.5 KLUC.

The caravan will also include online events with volleyball head coach Dawn Sullivan, men’s soccer head coach Rich Ryerson and new football coordinators Glenn Thomas and Peter Hansen as well as head strength and conditioning coach Matt Fyle.

For the Rebel Caravan’s full schedule of events and registration links, visit: UNLVRebels.com/caravan.

Rebel Football To Play ASU As Part Of Six-Game Schedule At Allegiant Stadium In 2020


Also, Colorado State game date has been shifted to Friday, Oct. 23

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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – When the UNLV football team plays Arizona State in Las Vegas for the first time ever on Sept. 12, it will be inside its new home at the $2 billion Allegiant Stadium currently under construction near campus, UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois announced.

The Rebels will play six of their seven total home games in 2020 at Allegiant, starting with the season-opener against California on Aug. 29 that will be the first-ever meeting between the Rebels and Golden Bears. The following week’s game against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 5 will take place at Sam Boyd Stadium.

All four of UNLV’s Mountain West games, along with all future home games, will take place at Allegiant.

“We are extremely appreciative of the Raiders organization for working with us on hosting the Arizona State game at Allegiant Stadium,” said Reed-Francois. “Our community is energized behind new head coach Marcus Arroyo and his team as they move into one of the greatest sports facilities in the world and getting to host two Pac-12 Conference opponents there this fall will make it an even better experience for our fans and student-athletes.”

Also, the Rebels’ game against Colorado State, originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24 has been shifted to Friday, Oct. 23.

CLICK HERE to visit the UNLV Football at Allegiant Stadium landing page for more information. Season ticket deposits are available for just $1 and can be placed by visiting unlvtickets.com. Season tickets start at $125 with interest-free, four-month payment plans available.

As part of the Faithful Fan program, all UNLV returning season ticket holders will receive the single game at Sam Boyd Stadium in their ticket package free of charge.

Arroyo, who signed a record-setting recruiting class in February, heads into his first season with the Rebels after helping Oregon win the 2019 Pac-12 Conference championship and 2020 Rose Bowl as offensive coordinator for the Ducks.


Aug. 29    CAL
Sept. 5     LOUISIANA TECH (at SBS)
Sept. 19    at Iowa State
Oct. 3        at San Diego State *
Oct. 10     WYOMING *
Oct. 17      at San Jose State
Oct. 23     COLORADO STATE *
Oct. 31     at Boise State *
Nov. 7      FRESNO STATE *
Nov. 14     at Hawai’i *
Nov. 28     UNR *

Home games in BOLD CAPS at Allegiant Stadium unless noted
* Mountain West Game

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: Guaranteed Giveaway Program Continues For 2020 UNLV Football



Season ticket holder package upgrade includes three T-shirts, hat, face mask, bandana and replica of Allegiant Stadium

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UNLV Athletics has announced a continuation of its popular Guaranteed Giveaway program for Rebel football’s inaugural season at Allegiant Stadium this fall.

Geared towards increasing the value of being a UNLV football season ticket holder, the package upgrade is offered exclusively to 2020 football season ticket holders and includes three T-shirts, a hat, a face mask, a seamless bandana, and a replica of Allegiant Stadium, all for just $45. Season ticket holders who purchase the Guaranteed Giveaway upgrade will be able to to select the size of their T-shirts.

2020 UNLV Football Guaranteed Giveaway Details:

  • Rebel ‘stache face mask
  • Inaugural Season Hat – Home Opener
  • Vamos Rebels black T-shirt – Hispanic Heritage & Black Out Game
  • Pink seamless bandana – Breast Cancer Awareness Game
  • Allegiant Stadium Replica – Rebel Homecoming
  • UNLV flag T-Shirt – Military Appreciation Game
  • Our State. Our Cannon. T-shirt – Rivalry Red Effect Game

“Rebel football season ticket holders appreciated the opportunity to add on last season’s full suite of giveaways, and we are thrilled to be able to offer it once again for the inaugural season at a Allegiant Stadium,” said Megan Caligiuri, Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations. “This benefit continues to allow our most loyal fans the exclusive opportunity to lock in limited edition Rebel items.”

Season ticket holders who do not wish to purchase the Guaranteed Giveaway upgrade will still have the chance to win one of the 500-1,000 giveaway items of the game, along with members of the general public during each Rebel football home game. Fans will be asked to text to win, and winners will be notified during the game with pick-up available after the game has concluded. Quantities and sizes for each item will vary from game to game.

The deadline for UNLV football season ticket holders to purchase the Guaranteed Giveaway add-on feature is July 29, 2020. To purchase, log in to your UNLVTickets account here, or call 702-895-5545.

UNLV opens its seven-game home schedule August 29 vs. Cal at the new $2 billion state-of-the-art Allegiant Stadium. Season ticket deposits are available for just $1 and can be placed by visiting unlvtickets.com. Interest-free five-month payment plans are also available.





Runnin’ Rebels’ slate includes home games against UCLA and California, a trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational and road games at Kansas State, VCU and SMU


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UNLV Athletics announced the non-conference portion of its 2020-21 men’s basketball schedule Wednesday.

Highlighted by home games against Pac-12 Conference members UCLA and California, a trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational and road contests at Kansas State, VCU and SMU, the Runnin’ Rebels can play up to six teams collectively from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference.

The strongest non-conference schedule for the Runnin’ Rebels in five years (based on 2019-20 final NET Rankings), the upcoming slate is also an improvement over last year’s according to KPI, BPI, POM and SAG statistical rankings. UNLV will have an opportunity to play up to six Quadrant 1 or 2 games (also based on 2019-20 final NET Rankings). The last two seasons, UNLV played in just three games each vs. Quad 1 or 2 opponents.

“Our schedule will be challenging with high-level games at home, on the road and on a neutral court in Maui,” said UNLV head coach T.J. Otzelberger, who last season led the Runnin’ Rebels to their most Mountain West wins and highest league finish in 12 years by tying for second in his first year at the helm of the program. “Those are opportunities we will embrace as we continue to move our program forward.”

The Runnin’ Rebels’ 2020-21 season will begin with five straight games at the Thomas & Mack Center starting with an exhibition contest against Chaminade on Friday, November 6.

The regular-season opener will take place Tuesday, November 10 against Montana State followed by a visit from Cal on Saturday, November 14. It will mark the fifth time Cal has played at UNLV as the Runnin’ Rebels own a 3-1 all-time mark against the Golden Bears at home. UNLV will look to avenge its overtime loss last season in Berkeley, California.

The Runnin’ Rebels will host their most anticipated home game of the non-conference season on Tuesday, November 17 vs. UCLA. The Bruins finished second in the Pac-12 last season, just one game back of league champion Oregon. It will mark UCLA’s third visit to the Thomas & Mack Center and first since 1997. The Rebels played the Bruins in Westwood last November.

The season-opening homestand will conclude with a game against Benedictine Mesa on Friday, November 20 before heading to Hawaii.

The Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be up next, scheduled to be played Monday-Wednesday, November 23-25. One of the sport’s most prestigious events, this year’s field includes North Carolina from the ACC, Indiana from the Big Ten, Texas from the Big 12, Stanford from the Pac-12, Providence from the Big East Conference and Davidson from the Atlantic 10 Conference. Each of UNLV’s possible opponents in the event were ranked in the top 80 in last season’s final NET ranking.

UNLV’s appearance in the Maui Invitational will mark its first since 2015. The 2020 tournament field boasts a combined 214 NCAA Tournament appearances, 39 Final Four berths and 13 national championships.

The Runnin’ Rebels will return home to host Whittier College on Saturday, November 28, then head back on the road to take on VCU as part of the inaugural Mountain West-Atlantic 10 Challenge Series. It will mark the first meeting between the two programs.

UNLV will continue its road trip with a game at Kansas State on Saturday, December 5. It will mark just the Runnin’ Rebels’ second time playing at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan. UNLV hosted K-State last November, falling in overtime.

The Runnin’ Rebels then return home for their final homestand of the non-conference season vs. Florida A&M on Wednesday, December 16 and Omaha on Saturday, December 19.

The non-conference slate will conclude with a road game at SMU on Tuesday, December 22. It will mark UNLV’s first time playing at Moody Coliseum in Dallas since the two schools were both members of the Western Athletic Conference in 1999.

The Mountain West schedule will be announced at a later date. All game times and television appearances will be shared upon confirmation.

Click here for the 2020-21 schedule on UNLVRebels.com

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UNLV Men’s Basketball’s 2020-21 Non-Conference Schedule
Fri., Nov. 6  |  Chaminade (exhibition)  |  Thomas & Mack Center
Tues., Nov. 10  |  Montana State  |  Thomas & Mack Center
Sat., Nov. 14  |  California  |  Thomas & Mack Center
Tues., Nov. 17  |  UCLA  |  Thomas & Mack Center
Fri., Nov. 20  |  Benedictine Mesa  |  Thomas & Mack Center

Mon., Nov. 23  |  at Maui Invitational #  |  Lahaina, Hawaii
Tues., Nov. 24  |  at Maui Invitational #  |  Lahaina, Hawaii
Wed., Nov. 25  |  at Maui Invitational #  |  Lahaina, Hawaii
Sat., Nov. 28  |  Whittier College  |  Thomas & Mack Center
Wed., Dec. 2  |  at VCU ^  |  Richmond, Virginia
Sat., Dec. 5  |  at Kansas State  |  Manhattan, Kansas
Wed., Dec. 16  |  Florida A&M  |  Thomas & Mack Center
Sat., Dec. 19  |  Omaha  |  Thomas & Mack Center

Tues., Dec. 22  |  at SMU  |  Dallas, Texas

# = Field includes North Carolina, Indiana, Texas, Alabama, Stanford, Providence, Davidson and UNLV
^ = Mountain West-Atlantic 10 Challenge Series





Runnin’ Rebel Marvin Coleman to moderate student-athlete panel Wednesday at 2 p.m. on YouTube



With schools closed and kids home during this unprecedented and challenging time, UNLV Athletics has partnered with the Clark County School District to hold a virtual school assembly on Wednesday, May 6 at 2 p.m.


UNLV men’s basketball sophomore Marvin Coleman, a 2018 Foothill High School graduate, will moderate the panel, which is made up of Rebel student-athletes – all from Las Vegas and former CCSD student-athletes.


The panel will share their stories of perseverance to become Division I student-athletes, also discussing the importance of building good study habits, preparing for college, expanding horizons, how to be a good teammate and overcoming adversity among other topics. They will also share a congratulatory message to the high school graduation class of 2020.


“Sports can galvanize a community, while education expands horizons,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “Our student-athletes have some amazing and inspirational stories. Thank you to CCSD for their partnership on this initiative and we look forward to sharing the transformative power of sport with our young people throughout the valley.”


The virtual assembly will be accessible via UNLV Athletics’ YouTube page and feature:

  • Women’s soccer junior Jozee DeCunzo (Spring Valley High School, 2017)
  • Women’s basketball junior Bailey Thomas (Centennial High School, 2016)
  • Baseball junior Jack-Thomas Wold (Basic Academy, 2017)
  • Track & field/cross country junior Emma Wahlenmaier (Palo Verde High School, 2017)
  • Rebel Girls & Company junior Gage Johnson (Desert Oasis High School, 2017)
  • Cheer sophomore Lexi Buttars (Coronado High School, 2018)
  • Football senior Daniel Godfrey (Sierra Vista High School, 2016)


“While we are working with high school principals to ensure the accomplishments of our seniors are recognized and celebrated, it is amazing to see the community join us to support the Class of 2020 and send them onto their next endeavors with encouragement and sound advice,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “Thank you UNLV Athletics, and congratulations to our outstanding graduates. When faced with adversity, they will rise.”


A total of 49 CCSD schools have been extended the opportunity to participate. Students will be able to ask questions through the chat feature on the YouTube page.

Relive Runnin’ Rebel History Friday At 3 PM (2011 win vs. No. 1 North Carolina)



Mike Moser, Justin Hawkins and Curtis Terry will watch UNLV men’s basketball’s 2011 upset of No. 1 North Carolina, while providing commentary and answering fan questions on YouTube

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As the new Rebels Relive History series continues, UNLV fans can enjoy one of the biggest upsets in men’s basketball program history this Friday, May 1, at 3 p.m. PT on the Runnin’ Rebels’ YouTube channel.


Former UNLV men’s basketball student-athletes Mike Moser and Justin Hawkins, will be joined by former Runnin’ Rebel and current radio analyst Curtis Terry, as the trio takes part in the live program. Watching an edited version (just over 30 minutes long) of UNLV’s 2011 win over No. 1 North Carolina at Orleans Arena in the Las Vegas Invitational, they will provide comments, share their memories and take questions from fans.


Hawkins is currently on the men’s basketball staff at Pacific, while Moser recently retired from playing professionally and is now a player development coach with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. Terry just launched a new podcast called UnCommenTerry, with episodes set to begin in May.


Fans who would like to ask questions in advance of the YouTube broadcast, can do so at @TheRunninRebels on Twitter or @runninrebels on Instagram.


The 90-80 win over the nation’s top-ranked team marked the first for any Mountain West squad. Moser had a double-double vs. the Tar Heels finishing with 16 points, a game-high 18 rebounds and six assists, then was recognized as ESPN.com’s National Player of the Week.


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 UNLV women’s basketball head coach Lindy La Rocque announced the hiring of her coaching staff Tuesday. Roman Owen, Mia Bell and Nneka Enemkpali will all be assistant coaches for the Lady Rebels.

All three positions were approved before the state’s hiring freeze was instituted.

“I am so excited to have Roman, his wife Natalie and their two little girls join our Lady Rebel family!” said La Rocque. “Roman brings a wealth of coaching knowledge and experience to our program, but his true strengths lie in his moral character, integrity, and personal drive to impact the lives of young people. Our program is going to immediately benefit from Roman’s compassion and basketball savvy.

“I am also thrilled to keep Mia Bell in the Lady Rebel program. As an alum, Mia’s pride for UNLV and passion for basketball is unmatched. Her work ethic and enthusiasm for growth will push our program forward. Mia’s familiarity with UNLV makes for a seamless transition, she will continue to impact our young ladies in a positive light and help them develop on and off the court.

“I am so excited about the impact that Nneka Enemkpali will have on our Lady Rebel program. Nneka is a young rising star in coaching. She is extremely motivated and energetic about continuing to learn and grow, and will be a fantastic mentor for our team.”

Owen has coached at the collegiate level since 2008, and in the women’s game since 2010 when he began a three-year stint as head coach for Mid-American Christian University. He led the Evangels to a NCCAA Regional Championship and a consolation championship in the NCCAA National Tournament. His next stop was at Oklahoma, where he served as video coordinator under Hall of Fame coach Sherri Coale from 2013-15, while La Rocque was also a member of the staff during that period as a graduate assistant coach.

Owen has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Yale (2015-18), Tulsa (2018-19) and most recently North Texas (2019-20). While at Yale, Owens was on a staff that guided the Bulldogs to the 2018 WBI Championship. At his most recent stop with the Mean Green, he handled all recruiting activities, set offensive game plans, had academic oversight of the team and also was in charge of the team’s scouting and technological needs. He also assisted with practice and overall game plans, workouts, and scouting reports in addition to coaching the point guard and wing position groups.


Owen’s first coaching experience came as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Oklahoma City University from 2008-10. The Stars won 32 games during his two years and made a 2010 NAIA National Tournament appearance.

A four-year letterwinner at Southwestern Christian University, he was named the 2008 Pete Maravich NCCAA Player of the Year and was a three-time NCCAA All-American, leading the team to back-to-back NCCAA National Championship games on the way to setting a program record with 2,802 career points. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Southwestern Christian in 2007 and his master’s degree in education from the University Central Oklahoma in 2009.

“I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to Coach La Rocque for bringing me on her staff,” said Owen. “It is a wonderful and exciting opportunity for many reasons but chief among them is that I have been convinced for some time now that she is going to be a great head coach. It is evident all through her playing career to the last seven years of coaching that she is committed to excellence on and off the floor and helping student-athletes become the best versions of themselves. My family and I are fortunate for such an opportunity to work with Coach La Rocque and be at a basketball name like UNLV.”

Bell will begin her 12th year with the Lady Rebel program in the fall, as she first joined the Scarlet & Gray as a player for the 2009-10 season. She is a graduate of Las Vegas’ Durango High School and was a teammate of La Rocque’s. Bell is the first Las Vegas native to both play for the Lady  Rebels and then serve on their coaching staff. During her first six years on the bench, the Lady Rebels reached the postseason twice (WNIT in both 2016-17 and 2017-18) and won the school’s first conference championship in 24 years as they claimed the 2017-18 Mountain West regular-season championship with a school-record 14-4 mark in MW play. She oversaw player development, seeing much success with the guards as three players (Dakota Gonzalez, Brooke Johnson (twice), Nikki Wheatley (twice)) earned All-MW honors over the past four seasons. 

Bell still ranks in the top 10 all-time at UNLV in numerous statistical categories, including third all-time in total assists (434) and three-point percentage (36.2%). She earned third team All-Mountain West honors after leading the Lady Rebels to a 22-10 mark that included a second-place finish in the league and a trip to the 2012 Postseason WNIT. Bell earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in December of 2013.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Coach La Rocque’s staff,” said Bell. “I’ve had the privilege of knowing Lindy for well over a decade. She brings a wealth of knowledge and tons of success with her and I’m excited to assist her in building something special here at UNLV.”

Enemkpali comes to Las Vegas from UC Santa Barbara, where she spent two years as an assistant coach for the Gauchos. Her duties at UCSB included skill development of the post players, and she helped develop Ila Lane into the nation’s No. 1 rebounder and Big West Freshman of the Year in 2019-20. She was named one of the 50 Impactful Assistants in Division I Women’s Basketball by Silver Waves Media following the season with the Gauchos before joining the UNLV staff.

“I am excited to be joining the Lady Rebel family!” said Ememkpali. “Coach La Rocque’s pedigree speaks for itself, she understands what it takes to excel and win at the highest level. I am excited for the opportunity to work alongside her and witness the growth of this program!” 

Enemkpali’s first collegiate job was at Gonzaga University, where she spent two seasons as video coordinator as the Bulldogs posted a 53-13 overall record and won two West Coast Conference titles, making two NCAA appearances (2016-18).

She had a stellar playing career at the University of Texas where she was a three-time All-Big 12 selection. She averaged 10.0 points and 8.0 rebounds over her four years, and finished ranked 10th all-time in Longhorns history in total rebounds (899) and 30th in points (1,116). In addition to being an Academic All-Big 12 selection three times, she was also recognized as a Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-American for excellence in the community, classroom, character and competition.

Following her career at Texas, she was drafted in the third round (26th overall) of the 2015 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm, but missed the season due to a knee injury suffered during her senior year. She earned her degree from Texas in African American and African Diaspora Studies and was named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll multiple times.

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: “Seats For Service” Program Expands To Include First Responders & Community Heroes


Previously directed to just members of the U.S. Armed Forces, project will now also provide tickets to first responders and community heroes


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The UNLV Athletics Department has announced plans to expand its “Seats For Service” program for the 2020-21 seasons to also include first responders and community heroes.


Launched in 2019, “Seats for Service” allowed members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families the opportunity to attend Rebel sporting events for free thanks to contributions from UNLV fans. Fans will still be able to make contributions in $10 increments through the UNLV Ticket Office, which will now enable tickets to be provided to a deserving military member, first responder or community hero.

During the campaign’s first year in 2019-20, 600 tickets were contributed to military servicemen and servicewomen.

“Seats for Service has been a wonderful way for us to show our appreciation to the men and women in our armed forces,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “As everyone has felt the impact of the current COVID-19 crisis, we are expanding the program to include community members who are fighting against this disease along the front lines.

“This program would not exist without the support of our great fans and we thank them as we give back to those that serve Southern Nevada in a variety of important ways.”

Fans wishing to participate can make their contribution through the UNLV ticket office online by clicking here or by phone at 702-895-2958.

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Lady Rebels Sign Nia Johnson


Junior college transfer is first signee of the spring for the Lady Rebels


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Nia Johnson will be the newest member of the UNLV women’s basketball team and the first recruited by new Lady Rebel head coach Lindy La Rocque, as the junior college transfer signed on Friday to play for the Scarlet & Gray for the 2020-21 season.


“We are so excited to add Nia to our Rebel Family,” said La Roqcue. “Nia is a dynamic scorer and winner. She has basketball experience and maturity that can have a great impact on our team right away.”


Johnson, a native of Sacramento, California, played her freshman season at CSU Bakersfield before transferring to Diablo Valley College for the 2019-20 season. She shined in her one year with the Vikings, claiming all-state first team honors as well as All-Big 8 Conference recognition after pacing the team in scoring with 20.9 ppg. That ranked her seventh in the CCCAA (California Community College Athletic Association), while she also added 7.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.5 steals per contest. She guided the team to a No. 3 ranking in the CCCAA and a 23-5 overall mark as the Vikings had reached the Elite Eight of the 2020 CCCAA tournament after winning second and third round games before the rest of the tournament was called off due to COVID-19.


As a freshman at CSUB, Johnson appeared in 28 games with one start, and finished the season with 54 points, 32 rebounds, 20 assists and 13 steals for the Roadrunners. She played her high school career at West Campus High School and was named DIII Player of the Year, league MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-Metro (2018) while leading the Warriors to a pair of state championship titles. Johnson was also a member of the Cal Ballaz AAU team.


Johnson will be the fourth player to join the Lady Rebels in the fall, along with fall signees Jade Thomas (Las Vegas), Desi-Rae Young (Las Vegas) and Jasmine Singleton (Goodyear, Arizona).



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UNLV Athletics announced today that all 2020 Rebel football and men’s basketball season tickets will be delivered digitally for the first time, offering fans a safer, more efficient, more convenient and more cost-effective system for the Department.


“In today’s environment, the safety and security of our fans and staff is critical to us,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “Providing mobile season tickets will eliminate multiple physical touch points while allowing for contactless ticket delivery and use for football and men’s basketball events.”

In the last two years, UNLV Athletics added new digital ticketing options for season ticket holders, including downloadable mobile tickets, transfers and exchanges. 2020 UNLV football and men’s basketball season tickets will now arrive via email with an embedded link to download. Football tickets will be emailed in mid-August. Men’s basketball tickets will be emailed in mid-October. The new delivery process will help eliminate common issues with mailed paper tickets, including postal shipping delays, lost or stolen tickets, and address changes.

“Mobile ticketing puts more control into the hands of our fans,” said Megan Caligiuri, UNLV Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations. “With NFL stadiums going to all-mobile ticketing, and in advance of our upcoming move into Allegiant Stadium, the time is right for UNLV to make this transition. More than 95 percent of UNLV season ticket holders use UNLVtickets.com to manage their renewals and game-by-game tickets online and we will work with every fan throughout the process.”

Current season ticket holders are encouraged to verify their current email addresses by either logging into their online season ticket account, reaching out to their account representative, or by emailing rebelathletics@unlvtickets.com. All season ticket holders will receive detailed information on the changes via email.

In response to current conditions, UNLV recently moved the upcoming football seat selection and men’s basketball renewal dates back as well as added new payment-plan options. Rebel football season ticket seat selection will begin at the end of April and last through June. Current football season ticket holders will receive notification in the coming weeks regarding their seat selection date for Allegiant Stadium. New football ticket deposits are available online now at UNLVtickets.com or by calling 702-895-2958.

Runnin’ Rebel basketball renewals and new season tickets are also available now at UNLVtickets.com or by calling 702-895-2958.

Allegiant Stadium Seat Selection For UNLV Football Set To Begin



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The time period for UNLV football season ticket holders to select their seat locations at Allegiant Stadium will run from April 27 through the month of June, the athletics department has announced.

Each account holder will select his or her own seats in one of two ways: online or by telephone. Appointments to make the selections will be in order of four group rankings as well as by Rebel Athletic Fund (RAF) Priority Point totals.

  • Group #1 is comprised of fans who were football season-ticket holders last season and are members of the RAF
  • Group #2 includes current season-ticket holders who were not members of the RAF
  • Group #3 consists of those who are only RAF members
  • Group #4 is comprised of fans who place a deposit for new season tickets. Earlier this month, in light of the pandemic impact, the department announced a deposit price of just $1 for those wanting to select their seat location before the general public. Call (702) 739-2958 or visit UNLVtickets.com to place a deposit.

Fans will receive their seat selection appointments – which include a specific date and time — via email from UNLV one week in advance. A preview showing available seats will be available online to all season-ticket holders in advance of their appointment.

For premium seating options including VVIP club seats and suites for UNLV Football at Allegiant Stadium, please contact the Rebel Athletic Fund’s premium sales division at premiumseating@unlv.edu

Every season-ticket purchase to Rebel games in Allegiant Stadium includes a RAF/Drive for 5 membership, which helps support student-athlete scholarships.

The Rebels, under the direction of new head coach Marcus Arroyo, move into the $2 billion facility starting with the season opener August 29 in a first-ever meeting with Cal from the Pac-12 Conference.

For more information on the seat-selection process, visit UNLVtickets.com or call (702) 739-2958.

Runnin’ Rebels Sign Three More For 2020-21 Season


Edoardo Del Cadia, Caleb Grill and Devin Tillis will join the UNLV men’s basketball program

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The UNLV men’s basketball program received signed commitments from Edoardo Del Cadia, Caleb Grill and Devin Tillis on the first day of the regular signing period, head coach T.J. Otzelberger announced Thursday morning.


Del Cadia, originally from Senigallia, Italy, is a 6-foot-7-inch 225-pound forward who attends the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida. He averaged 13.2 points and 9.1 rebounds at the school this past season, while making 48.3 percent of his shots from the field and 37.7 percent from 3-point range. He recorded 12 double-doubles in 27 games played and connected on over 81 percent of his free-throw attempts. The Patriots finished the season with a 25-7 overall record during the 2019-20 campaign.

Del Cadia, who will be a junior during the 2020-21 season at UNLV, attended high school at Myerscough College in Preston, England.

“Edoardo’s greatest talent is how hard he plays every possession,” Otzelberger said. “He is an elite rebounder that finishes well with both hands attacking the basket. Offensively, he is skilled with the dribble, pass and can knock down the 3-point shot.”

Grill, a 6-foot-3-inch 195-pound guard from Maize, Kansas, is coming to UNLV by way of Iowa State. The transfer will be a sophomore in 2020-21 at UNLV. As a freshman last year with the Cyclones, Grill played in 29 games. He started the season’s final two games and recorded season highs of nine points and eight rebounds against Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament.

At Maize High School, in addition to basketball, Grill starred in football, track and field and baseball. He averaged 18.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists on the hardwood his senior season, earning all-state honors from the Kansas City Star. He shot 48 percent from the floor and 35 percent behind the arc, leading his team to a 24-1 record and a state runner-up finish in 2019. He completed his high school career with 1,178 points scored and more than 160 3-pointers made.

“Caleb competes in everything he does,” Otzelberger said. “He is an exceptional passer who takes pride in making the right play. His athleticism and 3-point shooting prowess are terrific. Defensively, he has proven the ability to be a stopper.”

Tillis, a 6-foot-6-inch 210-pound forward from Los Angeles, California, attends Windward High School. He earned All-CIF honors as a junior and senior, was a first-team all-league selection as a junior and senior and earned honorable mention as a freshman. His senior year he averaged 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game, while shooting 43 percent from 3-point range.

Tills led the Wildcats to the Division I CIF Southern Section Championship and a 28-8 record this season, scoring 27 points against Sierra Canyon High School in early March and 19 in a win over Fairfax High School during the playoffs. He was a part of 95 total wins during his high school career.

“Devin has an extremely high basketball IQ and great feel for the game,” Otzelberger said. “His teams win and he has the versatility to bring whatever is needed on either side of the ball. He is an elite passer, shooter and facilitates offense well.”

The trio joins Nick Blake, Reece Brown, Nick Fleming, Isaac Lindsey, Jhaylon Martinez and Donavan Yap to make up the Runnin’ Rebels’ 2020 recruiting class, which has been ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West.

SEASON TICKETS: Season tickets for the 2020-21 UNLV men’s basketball season start as low as $119 and are on sale now. To purchase visit UNLVtickets.com or call 702-895-2958.


Best Value In Vegas – Deposits Now $1 For UNLV Football At Allegiant Stadium



Dollar deposit will lock in a time to select UNLV football season tickets at Allegiant Stadium before the general public

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UNLV Athletics has announced that for just a $1 deposit, Rebel football fans can reserve a time to select season tickets for the upcoming 2020 season at Allegiant Stadium. Deposits are now being accepted through UNLVtickets.com.

“We understand that many in our community have been significantly impacted by the current situation, and we don’t want that to be a reason that they cannot look forward to brighter days ahead,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “It is our goal to make sure that all people in Las Vegas can afford to see Rebel football at Allegiant Stadium.”

All fans who place a season ticket deposit of $1 per ticket will earn a spot in “Group 4” to select seats and will receive a seat selection time before the general public. Selection times in “Group 4” will be assigned in the order that they are received.

The announcement is the second initiative to help fans who may have had their income impacted by the COVID-19 shutdowns. In March, new payment plan options were announced for both football and men’s basketball season ticket holders.

To place a deposit, please click here. Also, fans can still move into “Group 3” by becoming members of the Rebel Athletic Fund. To join, please visit RebelAthleticFund.com.

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: Relive Recent Runnin’ Rebel History Friday At 3 PM


Marvin Coleman, David Jenkins Jr. and Curtis Terry will watch this year’s UNLV men’s basketball’s upset of No. 4 San Diego State, while providing commentary and answering fan questions on YouTube

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As the new Rebels Relive History series continues, UNLV fans can enjoy arguably the biggest moment of the past year for the athletics department this Friday, April 10, at 3 p.m. PT on the Runnin’ Rebels’ YouTube channel.


UNLV men’s basketball student-athletes Marvin Coleman and David Jenkins Jr., will be joined by former Runnin’ Rebel and current radio analyst Curtis Terry, as the trio takes part in the live program. Watching an approximately hour-long version of this season’s upset win over No. 4 San Diego State, they will provide comments, share their memories and take questions from fans.


Fans who would like to ask questions in advance, can do so at @TheRunninRebels on Twitter or @runninrebels on Instagram.


The 66-63 Runnin’ Rebel victory on Feb. 22 in San Diego ended the Aztecs’ bid at a perfect season, dropping their record to 26-1 at the time. At No. 4 in the country, SDSU was the highest-ranked opponent that UNLV has defeated on the road in 29 years. It was also the highest-ranked team overall that UNLV had beaten in five seasons.


Previous Rebels Relive History broadcasts may be accessed here:

To purchase tickets for the 2020 football season or 2020-21 men’s basketball season, visit UNLVtickets.com.

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: Rebels To Create & Supply Cloth Masks To UMC,Thanks To Support Of Nike & Agassi Foundation



Rebel student-athletes, coaches, staff and their families to make at least 3,000 masks for Southern Nevadans to use when out of homes for essential activities

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UNLV Athletics will create and supply at least 3,000 cloth masks to UMC of Southern Nevada for use in the community, thanks to the support of Nike and the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education.

Rebel student-athletes, coaches, staff and their families will make the masks at home, utilizing T-shirts supplied by Nike and the Agassi Foundation. The exclusive athletic footwear, apparel and accessories sponsor of UNLV Athletics, Nike has donated 1,000 T-shirts specifically for the production of homemade masks, while the Agassi Foundation has contributed another 200.

Once completed, the masks will be given to UMC, which will use them to assist underserved individuals through their satellite health centers now in place throughout Las Vegas.

“Recognizing we are in a critical period in fighting COVID-19, we want to help our community in any way we can,” UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois said. “This is just one way that we can do a small part to help in the fight. We appreciate the support of our partners at Nike, the Agassi Foundation and UMC.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending people wear cloth masks in public.

“We are proud and excited to team with great partners in UNLV Athletics and the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education to serve our community in this unique way especially given the growing need,” said UMC of Southern Nevada CEO Mason Van Houweling. “Above all, this step testifies to the spirit of unity shared and our unwavering confidence that, together, we will come through this stronger than we have ever been before.”

For a step-by-step guide illustrating how to make a homemade cloth mask, click here to watch the video.


UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Hamilton Earns NABC All-District Honors


UNLV men’s basketball sophomore guard named to District 17’s second team

UNLV sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton has earned 2019-20 National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) All-District 17 second team honors, the organization announced Monday.


Hamilton, who led the Runnin’ Rebels to a second-place finish in the Mountain West this season as the team tallied 12 conference victories for the first time in 12 seasons, was one of 10 players in his district to earn recognition. The all-district teams were selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division I.


District 17’s first team included UNR’s Jalen Harris, San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn, Utah State’s Sam Merrill, San Diego State’s Yanni Wetzel and Colorado State’s Nico Carvacho, while the second team was made up of Hamilton, Boise State’s Justinian Jessup and Derrick Alson Jr., San Diego State’s Matt Mitchell and Utah State’s Neemias Queta. San Diego State’s Brian Dutcher earned the District 17 Coach of the Year award.


Hamilton was UNLV’s first first-team All-Mountain West honoree since 2013 and averaged a team-high 16.0 points per game for UNLV during the 2019-20 season, playing in all 32 games and starting 14. He shot 45.3 percent from the field and averaged 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest. In conference action, he was second in the league in scoring with 20.9 ppg and was second on the team in rebounding at 6.7 rpg, starting 11 of UNLV’s 18 league contests. He became the first Runnin’ Rebel to average at least 20 ppg in conference play in nine years.


Hamilton scored in double figures in 24 games overall, including each of his last 19 contests, scored a career-high 35 points vs. New Mexico on Jan. 18 and tallied at least 20 points in 10 games (eight of his last 13 contests). He was named the league’s Player of the Week on two occasions.


Hamilton was also named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s All-District VIII team earlier this month.

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: Lindy La Rocque Chosen To Lead Women’s Basketball Program


After being a part of 11 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including as a player and coach at Stanford, the Las Vegas native is returning home

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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Lindy La Rocque has been named the new head women’s basketball coach at UNLV, Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois announced Wednesday.

A key part of 11 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, La Rocque is returning to her native Las Vegas where she prepped at Durango High School before playing in four straight Final Fours as a student-athlete at Stanford University. She has been an assistant coach with the Cardinal for the last three years under legendary head coach and Hall of Famer Tara VanDerveer.

“We are so enthused about bringing Coach La Rocque back to Las Vegas to lead our women’s basketball program,” Reed-Francois said. “Our pool of candidates was exceptional, but Lindy’s character, intellect and energy really stood out. She has worked for and learned from some of the best leaders in sports history and is a rising star in coaching. She will be a great fit for our program, university and in the community.”

On the coaching staff at Stanford since 2017, the program consistently ranked among the top 10 in the country. The Cardinal made NCAA Tournament appearances in each season, including two Sweet 16s, an Elite Eight and won the Pac-12 Conference Tournament Championship in 2019. From 2017-20, Stanford had an overall record of 82-22 and was 43-10 in conference play.

“I am so thrilled to be able to come back to my hometown of Las Vegas to lead the UNLV women’s basketball program,” La Rocque said. “It is truly special to return to a place and in a community that has essentially raised and has supported me throughout all of my life. I have been a Rebel fan since I was a young girl and to now be the head coach at UNLV is truly a dream come true. Thank you to Desiree Reed-Francois and President Meana for this incredible opportunity and for their belief and trust in me to lead these young women. I cannot wait to get started!”

Prior to coaching at Stanford, La Rocque spent two seasons (2015-17) as an assistant coach at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, helping the Bruins to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths, including the program’s first in nine seasons. Belmont went 51-15 overall and 29-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play during La Rocque’s time there, winning the league’s regular-season championship during the 2016-17 season and the conference’s tournament title both seasons.

La Rocque began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma, working for Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Sherri Coale, while pursuing her master’s degree in education. The team played in both the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Tournaments.

La Rocque played at Stanford from 2008-12, appearing in 138 career games which ranks eighth in program history. She was instrumental in helping the Cardinal compile a 137-12 overall record during her four years, including an amazing 71-1 mark in Pac-12 play. Her team won four regular season conference championships and four league tournament titles, appearing in the NCAA Tournament each season and advancing to the national title game in 2010.

The eighth full-time head coach in UNLV women’s basketball history, La Rocque is the first originally from Las Vegas to be hired to lead the Lady Rebel program.

La Rocque earned a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and society, with an emphasis in earth systems, civil and environmental engineering, and calculus from Stanford in 2012. She holds a master’s degree in adult and higher education from Oklahoma, which she earned in 2015.

La Rocque was a decorated student-athlete at Durango High School in Las Vegas, where she became the school’s (boy’s and girl’s) all-time leading scorer with 2,678 points and holds many other program records.



Tara VanDerveer
Stanford Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer

“I am thrilled for Lindy and this excellent opportunity for her to return to her hometown and further her career as head coach of UNLV. First as a player, then as a coach, Lindy has helped maintain the championship tradition of Stanford women’s basketball. I’ve been pleased to see her channel her high IQ both on and off the court to assist our program in every facet, including recruiting, compliance and academic efforts. Because of her basketball knowledge, matched with unwavering loyalty and integrity, I expect her to do very well in Las Vegas.”

Bernard Muir
Stanford Director of Athletics

“Lindy La Rocque is a rising star in the profession and this is truly an exciting opportunity as she takes the next step in her career while returning home. Lindy’s influence on our student-athletes has been evident both on and off the court while her championship pedigree as a student-athlete gives her instant credibility and allows her to genuinely connect and build relationships with anyone.”

Sherri Coale
Oklahoma Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer

“Lindy is one of the brightest young minds in our game. She understands basketball and is passionate about teaching it. Her personal energy and the positive frame through which she sees the world will fuel her leadership of the UNLV program. Lindy La Rocque is a star.”

Bob Miller
Former Governor of Nevada

“As a Lady Rebel fan, I am excited that Lindy will bring her experience and enthusiasm to UNLV. I have known her since her childhood and watched her develop into one of the best high school players in our state’s history, then a Stanford star. She is a student and teacher of the game, and players and fans alike will benefit from her knowledge. I can hardly wait!”

Lute Olson
Former Arizona Men’s Basketball Head Coach
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer

“Congratulations to UNLV for hiring a young and energetic coach in Lindy La Rocque to head their women’s basketball program. I have known Lindy since she was born. Lindy was the first, and only girl, to attend my Elite Basketball Camp at the University of Arizona! I have always followed her career as a player and as a coach. Lindy is a student of the game and I predict much success in her coaching career.”