UNLV will begin national search for new softball head coach.
Wednesday's first game is slated for a 2:00 pm first pitch.
UNLV begins 17-game stretch of road games with five contests at the Long Beach State Invitational.
Rebels sign four from Southern California to national letters of intent.
Rebels to host three tournaments, play in four others.
In his two years at the helm of the Rebel softball program, Pete Manarino has tallied a 64-41 record with back-to-back winning seasons and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
In 26 seasons of being a head coach, he has amassed 907 career wins. He notched #900 on April 11, 2010, against New Mexico.
Manarino was hired as the fifth head coach in UNLV softball program history on Sept. 5, 2008 after spending 23 years as the skipper at Long Beach State.
He has placed a total of six players on the Mountain West's All-Conference Team. Marissa Nichols and Ashli Holland were named each of the past two years, while Tara Bendt, Laura Briones, Kendall Fearn and Jaci Hull were one-time honorees.
Besides the on-field accomplishments, he has had 23 student-athletes named to the academic all-conference award and 14 earn MWC Scholar-Athlete status over the past two seasons.
He has also had numerous student-athletes recognized by ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District Teams, as well. Hull and Nichols were two-time recipients under his watch, while Fearn, Bendt and Brittany Bolinger were all named once.
UNLV's winning record the past two years can greatly be attributed to the team's offensive numbers tallied under Manarino's watch. In 2009, the squad set new program marks in RBI, slugging and on-base percentages and finished second in batting average, runs and home runs.
The 2010 edition one-upped its predecessors by putting up record-setting figures in batting average, runs, home runs, RBI, slugging and on-base percentages. The team was hindered by only playing in 53 contests, but still managed to hit 51 home runs, knock in 289 RBI and score 331 runs.
Manarino came to Las Vegas after spending 23 seasons at Long Beach State (1984-2006), where he built the 49er softball program into a perennial power. After being named the third head coach in LBSU softball history in 1984, he amassed a 843-508-2 (.624) career record and guided his team to five NCAA Women's College World Series appearances and 17 NCAA Regionals.
At LBSU, Manarino coached eight conference pitchers of the year and one player of the year. Overall, the 49ers had 30 first team all-conference honorees and 88 all-conference selections. Besides the conference recognition, three of his student-athletes earned All-America honors and 32 were named all-region.
In the classroom, 95 percent of his student-athletes graduated, while eight were named scholastic or academic All-America.
Besides the awards garnered by his student-athletes, Manarino and his staff were recognized for their efforts, as well. In 2004, the softball program earned the NCAA's Regional Coach and Staff of the Year award. In 1986, he was named the Pacific Coast Athletic Association's Coach of the Year and the Western Regional Coach of the Year. The Big West Conference named him Coach of the Year on four occasions (1997, 1999, 2003 and 2004).
LBSU's best run came in the early 1990s, when the 49ers went to four straight Women's College World Series (1990-1993) and tallied a .631 winning percentage (173-101). From 1986-1990, the team set the school record for victories four times. The 1986 squad began the accomplishment with 39 wins before being topped by 46 in 1998. The 1990 team set the benchmark for 14 years with its 48 victories before being trumped by a 51-13 record in 2004.
In Manarino's final four years at "The Beach" his teams made four straight NCAA Regional appearances and won two Big West championships.
Manarino retired from Long Beach State in 2006 as the most successful coach in the university's history. When he broke the 800-win barrier in 2005, he was just one of 19 coaches to do so. His 843 wins are more than any other current or former coach in 49er history.
Manarino has been active in community service as well. He has helped arrange Special Olympics of Orange County events since 2006 and has participated in therapeutic educational activities in conjunction with the Child Life Program at Miller's Children Hospital of Long Beach.
He is an active member of the Long Beach Baseball and Softball Hall of Fame Committee (2005-present) and he was on the Louisville Slugger Advisory Staff from 1993-2006. He served on the Board of Directors Cities and School from 1993-2000 and he has been a member of the California Association for High School Athletic Directors twice (1978-1983 and 2006-present). He has also been a member of the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce since 2006.
Manarino is a member of five different hall of fames. Most recently, he was inducted into the Long Beach State Hall of Fame in October of 2009. He has also been recognized by the McDonald's Hall of Fame (2007, city of Lakewood), Long Beach Century Club Hall of Fame (2006), City of Long Beach Softball Hall of Fame (2004) and the Catholic Youth Organization Hall of Fame (1999).
Manarino is married to the former Cheryl DeLoach, and the couple has two children, Kristen and Nick. The couple resides in Henderson, Nev.