Rich Hilliard is in his 11th year with the UNLV men's basketball program, his ninth as a full-time staff member, and his fourth season as director of student-athlete development.
Prior to being promoted to his current position, Hilliard spent the previous five seasons as the video coordinator and has been responsible for coordinating film exchange along with breaking down, editing and scouting game footage of opponents as well as UNLV's games for evaluation with improved individual and team performance as a goal. His duties have also included supervising the student managerial staff with its daily, practice and game duties.
Hilliard also oversees all the audio, visual and editing integration in the multi-million dollar Mendenhall Center, UNLV's men's basketball practice facility that opened in 2011.
Prior to serving as the program's video coordinator, Hilliard spent two years as a graduate manager for the Runnin' Rebels. In that role, he assisted the coaching staff with operations of the program, including setting up and breaking down practice, filming practice, game day preparation, summer camps, as well as helping out with many of the day-to-day office duties. During those two years, he was also a graduate assistant for the department of sports education leadership at UNLV, where he taught various physical education undergraduate courses.
Over his 10 seasons with the Runnin' Rebels, the team has compiled a record of 232-103, and the squad has made six NCAA Tournament appearances in the last eight seasons, including four of the last five. Also over that stretch, UNLV has won two conference tournament titles, reached the Sweet 16 (in 2007) and achieved its first national ranking since 1992-93. Over the past eight seasons, the Runnin' Rebels have posted a .723 winning percentage (198-76) and have averaged just shy of 25 wins per season.
Hilliard, 35, graduated from UNLV in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in athletic coaching. He earned a master's degree in 2007, also from UNLV, in athletic administration.