Former NFL player and coach joins Rebel coaching staff.
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Rebels will have new coordinators on both sides of the ball in 2012.
Former Pac-10 player and coach Dominic Daste (pronounced "DAS-tee") has overseen UNLV's running backs for five seasons.
His tenure includes coaching all-time Rebel rushing king Tim Cornett, who was named Second Team All-MW in 2013 after scoring 15 touchdowns and leaving with 3,733 yards, the second-most in league history.
Daste moved to Las Vegas after seven seasons as an assistant at Montana. He coached the Grizzlies' tight ends for his last four years and also spent 2009 as running game coordinator for the high-powered UM offense. He helped mentor a pair of all-conference tight ends during his time with the Grizzlies.
Daste began his tenure at UM coaching the offensive line. He went to Missoula after two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Washington, where he worked with the offensive line.
A native of San Dimas, Calif., he earned four letters for the Huskies and in his six seasons as a player and then coach, UW went to a bowl game every year, including the 2001 Rose Bowl. He earned his bachelor's degree in geography from Washington in 2001.
DASTE's COACHING EXPERIENCE 2010-SA UNLV - running backs 2009 Montana - tight ends/running game coord. 2006-08 Montana - tight ends/recruiting coordinator 2003-05 Montana - offensive line 2001-02 Washington - graduate assistant