UNLV's Preston Laird Named A 30-Under-30 Honoree|
April 19, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV men's basketball director of operations Preston Laird has been a 2017 Under Armour 30-under-30 honoree, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced this week. The list recognizes a group of up and coming young coaches in men's college basketball.
"I am humbled and motivated by the selection," Laird said. "First and foremost, thanks go to Coach (Marvin) Menzies, our staff, and our players. This staff has fostered a culture of betterment, and I am fortunate to be a part of it. I would also like to thank the UNLV Administration for the opportunity along with the NABC and Under Armour."
Laird recently completed his first year with the Runnin' Rebel program.
"It's great when someone who works extremely hard and is loyal gets this type of recognition," Menzies said. "We really appreciate having Preston on our staff as well as what he does for our program."
Laird came to Las Vegas after spending four seasons at New Mexico State, also with Menzies. He 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.
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.