Heading into his fifth season directing the Rebels' defensive front is veteran defensive coach Craig Wederquist.
Hired by head coach John Robinson on Jan. 10, 2000, Wederquist came aboard and oversaw a unit that doubled its sack total from the previous year to 30. After the 2001 season, Wederquist pupil and Lombardi Watch List member Anton Palepoi became the highest-drafted UNLV defensive lineman and earliest choice of any Rebel since 1988 when the Seattle Seahawks selected him in the second round. Another Wederquist-coached Rebel - tackle Ahmad Miller - was drafted by the expansion Houston Texans. Since Wederquist's arrival, only 12 of 48 UNLV opponents have rushed for more than 200 yards as a team vs. the stingy Rebel front. What's more, only 14 players reached the 100-yard rushing mark vs. UNLV in 44 games since 2000.
A veteran of teams from the Big West and Mountain West conferences, Wederquist spent the previous three years as the head coach of Tarleton State University located in Stephenville, Texas. He joined the NCAA Div.-II school in 1996 as defensive coordinator and was tabbed head coach in January 1997.
Before moving to TSU, Wederquist for two years served as defensive coordinator at the University of Pacific before the Tigers dropped football after the 1995 season. His extensive resume also includes stops at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa (1993), Colorado State (1992), Utah State (1988-91), Central Missouri State (1986-87), Drake (1985) and Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa (1984).
A two-time all-conference performer while playing at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Wederquist was a 1982 draft choice of the USFL's Michigan Panthers after being named a I-AA All-American.
He received his bachelor's from Drake and began work on a master's degree while at Tarleton State. Wederquist and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of two sons, Nate (20), who is a redshirt freshman defensive back for UNLV in 2004, and Justin (17), and a daughter, Whitney (16).