Albrecht To Be Awarded President's Medal At UNLV Game
LAS VEGAS - Fred Albrecht, former UNLV vice president for alumni and community relations, will be awarded the UNLV President's Medal during halftime of Saturday night's football game at Sam Boyd Stadium. The medal, first awarded to Governor Kenny Guinn in 1996, honors individuals and organizations for distinguished service to the university.
Albrecht retired in 2007 after 38 years of service as an administrator and coach at UNLV. What began as a temporary relocation to a university where he could take a shot at coaching, complete his master's degree, and explore job opportunities unexpectedly turned into a lifelong career.
"I had so many different opportunities at the university," said Albrecht. "It was a very exciting career - a lot of challenges and a lot of rewards. I couldn't have asked for a better career."
Albrecht arrived at UNLV in 1970 to serve as assistant basketball coach. He directed the university's alumni relations program when it began in 1973 with provision that he coach the tennis team as well. For the next 10 years, he volleyed between both, driving the creation of a volunteer alumni board and the alumni association.
In 1983, Albrecht left coaching to oversee athletic fundraising at a time when UNLV was moving its basketball games from the Las Vegas Convention Center to the new Thomas & Mack Center. In addition to his role as vice president for alumni and community relations, he also served twice as interim athletic director and led the development of the Tam Alumni Center at UNLV.
The President's Medal has been awarded to 46 individuals and organizations since its inception in 1996, most recently to former Nevada System of Higher Education regent Madison Graves (posthumously) in 2010.
Albrecht will also be inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2012 on Oct. 12.