Augmon Added As Assistant Coach
May 3, 2011
Augmon, 42, returns home to UNLV after spending the last four seasons as assistant coach/player development for the NBA's Denver Nuggets.
"We are excited to add Stacey to our coaching staff," Rice said. "Adding a former Rebel is really special, especially with the valuable coaching experience he has from his four years in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets. Having played with Stacey at UNLV, it was obvious what a great player he was, but what really stood out to me was his commitment to winning and what a terrific teammate he was."
Augmon joined the Nuggets' coaching staff following a 15-year NBA playing career. After being selected ninth overall in the 1991 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, he earned First Team All-Rookie honors that season. He also played for Detroit, Portland, Charlotte/New Orleans and Orlando. In 1,001 career regular-season games in the league, he scored 7,990 points, grabbed 3,216 rebounds and recorded 974 steals.
One of the greatest players to ever wear the Scarlet and Gray, Augmon spent four years at UNLV as a student-athlete (1987-91). He was a part of two NCAA Final Four teams (1990 and 1991), and was a major piece of the Runnin' Rebel team that won the 1990 NCAA Championship. The first three-time winner of the NABC Defensive Player of the Year award (1989-91), he was selected as a First Team All-American as a senior.
"I am excited about coming back to UNLV," Augmon said. "I am looking forward to working with Coach Rice and the rest of the staff. It will be great to be back in the city where we were part of a dynasty. I want to thank Jim Livengood and President Smatresk, along with Coach Rice for bringing me back. I am anxious to get started working with the young talent that is currently on the team and to help take the program to the next level."
Augmon won the 1988 Big West Conference's Freshman of the Year award, then the next season earned the 1989 Big West Player of the Year honor. He was also named First Team All-Big West in 1989 and 1991.
A teammate of Rice's from 1989-91, Augmon had his No. 32 UNLV jersey retired in 1995. He is one of only four Runnin' Rebels to score more than 2,000 career points as he finished third on the all-time scoring list with 2,011 points. He also ranks third on the UNLV all-time rebounding chart with 1,005, and he is tied for the all-time steals mark with 275. He also ranks in the top-10 in program history in field goals made (fourth with 757), in career blocked shots (seventh with 128), in career assists (eighth with 433), and in free throws made (eighth with 400). He remains the school's leader in career games played (145) and starts (137).
Augmon was a member of the 1988 United States Olympic Team, which captured a bronze medal at the Seoul Olympics. He was inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 2002 class.
A native of Pasadena, Calif., Augmon earned his bachelor's degree from UNLV in social work in 1991. Stacey and his wife, Leslye, have seven children: Treesje Powers (25), Obery Powers, Jr. (24), Freedom Augmon (16), Justice Augmon (15), Deja Augmon (14), Journey Augmon (10) and Zion Augmon (5).