Preston Laird is in his second year as director of basketball operations with the UNLV men's basketball program.
In this role, he is responsible for team travel and practice scheduling. Additionally, he is the program's liaison to the compliance office, has a big role in recruitment efforts and acts as the summer camp director among other duties.
Following the 2016-17 season, Laird was named to the 2017 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team, which was announced by the National Associate of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The list recognizes a group of up and coming young coaches in men's college basketball.
Laird came to Las Vegas with head coach Marvin Menzies prior to the 2016-17 season after spending four years at New Mexico State.
During the 2015-16 season with the Aggies, Laird was the program's director of basketball operations. Prior to that, he served as a graduate assistant and then as special assistant to the head coach.
As director of operations at NMSU, his responsibilities included managing the program’s daily operations, working with the 6th Man Club, assisting in recruiting, organizing team travel and promoting community outreach.
Laird played a role in helping the Aggies to four straight postseason appearances and two regular-season WAC Championships while in Las Cruces. He was on the staff during the team's run to three consecutive WAC Tournament Championships (2013-2015) and three straight NCAA Tournament berths, along with an invitation to the NIT in 2016.
As the special assistant to the head coach, Laird was the basketball staff's liaison to university development and athletic administrators, coordinating 6th Man Club events such as the annual Marvin Menzies’ 6th Man Open, Tipoff Banquet, and other special projects.
As a graduate assistant, he handled an assortment of duties vital to the function of the men's basketball office. During that period he was primarily focused on off-court player development, academics, and day-to-day operations.
Prior to his time at New Mexico State, Laird enjoyed a playing career at Memphis from 2008-12. He walked on and helped the Tigers reach the Sweet 16 under head coach John Calipari. At the start of the 2009 season, Laird was named team captain and earned a full athletic scholarship under head coach Josh Pastner.
During his four years, Laird was part of four postseason appearances including three NCAA Tournaments.
Laird earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Memphis and holds a master’s in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State.
He is engaged to Bethany Humphrey, who is an educational keynote speaker and founder of Teaching and So Fourth, a nationally recognized blog and Instagram account.