Michael Needham enters his second season with the Rebels after being hired in June of 2005.
Needham came to UNLV with seven years of collegiate coaching experience following a four-year playing career at Rhode Island, where he played for the top-25 ranked Rams from 1991-95. He remained at the school as an assistant coach for the women's team from 1996-97, before moving on to Connecticut College, where he was a volunteer assistant for the men's team, while also serving as head boys coach for Mount St. John School in Deep River, Conn.
He then took a three-year break from the sport, before returning as assistant women's coach at Drury in 2001. Since 2004, he also acted as director of coaching at the United Soccer Academy Institute in Delray Beach, Fla.
In addition to his coaching career, Needham also played professionally following his graduation from Rhode Island, playing for Municipal Goecechea in San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1995, and for the Florida Strikers in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 1996. He received his bachelor of science degree in physical education and exercise science in 1996 from Rhode Island, and a master's degree in physical education from Drury in 2004.