Heath Schroyer is in his third year on the UNLV men's basketball coaching staff. He was an assistant coach for two seasons before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the start of the 2013-14 season.
Schroyer has had a major role in assembling the talent on UNLV's roster as its 2012 recruiting class was ranked the seventh-best in the nation by ESPN and included the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft - Anthony Bennett. Schroyer has coordinated the Runnin' Rebels' recruiting efforts since coming to Las Vegas in 2011.
In his first two seasons at UNLV, Schroyer has helped the Runnin' Rebels to 51 wins and two NCAA Tournament appearances. UNLV has defeated seven top-25 teams over the last two years, including a win over No. 1 North Carolina in 2011, which was the program's first victory over the nation's top-ranked team in 22 years and the first time a Mountain West school had ever defeated the country's No. 1 team in both polls.
In addition, UNLV was ranked for 13 straight weeks (14 overall) during the 2011-12 season, climbing as high as No. 11 in the nation. The Runnin' Rebels also were also ranked in the top 25 during the 2012-13 season for a total of 11 weeks.
Prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, Schroyer was named one of the 15 best assistant coaches in college basketball by Bleacher Report.
A veteran in the world of coaching, Schroyer, 41, brought seven years of experience as a Division I head coach with him to UNLV. Each of the Division I programs he has led throughout his career has won a league championship or reached postseason play.
Schroyer came to the Runnin' Rebel program after four years as head coach at Wyoming (2007-11). He was also the head coach at Portland State (2002-05), before serving as Fresno State's associate head coach (2005-07) for two seasons. Prior to his time leading the Vikings, Schroyer was an assistant coach at Wyoming (2001-02), BYU (1997-01) and at Fresno City College (1996-97).
After taking over at Wyoming, Schroyer's first Cowboy team won 12 games, but in his second season, vast improvement was made as the team won 19 games and earned its first postseason bid (2009) for the first time in six years after making a Mountain West Tournament semifinal appearance.
Schroyer inherited the worst academic progress rate (APR) of any sport in the MW and developed a comprehensive plan that improved Wyoming's men's basketball APR by 164 points to a program-best 935. That turnaround was the third-best in the country. He was also a member of Wyoming's Academic Integrity Subcommittee his last two years there.
At Wyoming, Schroyer recruited two of the top freshmen in the country over his last two years in Afam Muojeke and Desmar Jackson. Muojeke was the 2009 MW Freshman of the Year after becoming the league's all-time leading freshman scorer and Jackson was named third team all-conference in 2010.
When Schroyer was hired at Portland State in 2002, he became the second-youngest Division I head men's basketball coach in the country (at age 30). Another rebuilding project, he took the program from winning just five games in his first season to winning the 2005 Big Sky regular-season championship, marking the first Division I conference championship in any sport in school history. He also led the team to a top-three turnaround in the nation in his second year.
Prior to accepting the Wyoming head coaching job, Schroyer was the associate head coach at Fresno State. The Bulldogs posted a 22-10 record during the 2006-07 season and played in the NIT. He was the program's recruiting coordinator and oversaw the team's academic turnaround.
Before becoming Portland State's head coach, he was an assistant coach at Wyoming the year it advanced to the NCAA Tournament's second round, making its first appearance in the Big Dance in 14 years. That 2001-02 Cowboy team also won the MW's regular-season championship before upsetting Gonzaga, who was ranked No. 6 in the country, in the NCAA Tournament. Schroyer oversaw the defense as an assistant at Wyoming, helping the team to lead the conference in field-goal percentage defense, defensive rebounding and rebound margin.
As an assistant at BYU, the team made two postseason appearances in his four seasons. He was part of a resurgence that saw the Cougars improve from 1-25 the year before the new coaching staff's arrival, to a NIT appearance in 2000, and a league championship and a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001.
Overall, he has recruited/coached 60 players who have gone on to play professionally.
Schroyer also has experience as a television analyst as he worked the 2011 College Basketball Invitational for HDNet and served as The Mtn.'s NCAA tournament analyst in March 2011. He also was the Utah Jazz' television analyst during the 2001 NBA Playoffs.
A native of Walkersville, Md., Schroyer played high school basketball at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., under legendary coach Morgan Wootten. He earned all-conference honors as a player at Kings River Community College in Reedley, Calif., and led his team to the California Junior College Final Four in 1992. He finished his collegiate career at Armstrong Atlantic State in Savannah, Ga., where as a senior, he was a team captain and led his team to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16.
Schroyer earned his bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Armstrong Atlantic State in 1995, and his master's in institutional leadership from from National University (Fresno, Calif.) in 1996.
Heath and his fiancé Kim Ortega have a daughter, Sierra (16), and a son, Hayden (12).