A Letter From The Acting A.D.
Aug. 13, 2009
A MESSAGE FROM THE ACTING ATHLETICS DIRECTOR
As we are busy gearing up for what could be a special year for UNLV Athletics, I hope you and your family are enjoying the end of a wonderful summer.
It has certainly been a time for change around campus as our university has a new president, Dr. Neal Smatresk, and after six years of leading our department Mike Hamrick recently returned home to become athletics director for his alma mater, Marshall University.
I started as an athletic trainer at UNLV 26 years ago, which means I have worked for the Rebels for half of my life, including the last decade as Senior Associate Athletics Director. And no matter how long I end up sitting in this seat, I want all of our donors and fans to know that I consider it a great honor to lead this department and will do everything I can to make the next era of UNLV as successful as possible.
One of my immediate goals is to better open the lines of communication between the community and UNLV Athletics. Whether you are a major donor, a longtime season-ticket holder or a new fan who just moved to town, I want you to know that your opinion is welcome here. This is your university and your athletics department -- the Rebels are your team. Please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (702) 895-4729 or write me at 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-0001.
I want to thank all of our fans for their support and let you know about UNLV's fall sports that are getting ready to open their seasons.
Head coach Mike Sanford heads into his fifth season leading our football team and the Rebels are being touted as a potential bowl team by national experts. Earlier this month, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. even listed UNLV as one of four sleeper teams along with Miami (Fla.), Cal and SMU. We look forward to seeing you at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. for the season-opener vs. Sacramento State.
The women's volleyball squad, under the direction of Allison Keeley, opens play in Florida later this month but returns to host the Alexis Park Classic, including taking on powerhouse UCLA on Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. inside the Cox Pavilion. Head coach Kat Mertz opens her fifth season leading the women's soccer team on Friday, Aug. 21 by hosting Loyola Marymount at 7:30 p.m. at Peter Johann Memorial Field.
Two weeks later, Mario Sanchez' men's soccer program kicks off its home schedule with the UNLV Nike Invitational. The Rebels face Central Arkansas on Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. and close the tournament against Robert Morris on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. Whether it's football, soccer or volleyball, or any of our 17 intercollegiate teams, we hope you can come out and support our hard-working student-athletes this fall and all year long.
Here's to a great 2009-10 season -- and Go Rebels!
Acting Athletics Director