Samantha Richard, a former two-year letterwinner for the UNLV volleyball program, will make the transition from being a student-athlete to an undergraduate assistant coach this season.
Richard, a fifth-year senior majoring in kinesiology, played in a total of 55 matches and 191 sets the past two seasons. Overall, she compiled 644 assists, 426 digs, 173 kills, 25 blocks and 22 aces. She had 12 double-doubles with a team-high nine coming as a senior last season.
Richard came to UNLV after a two-year stint at Salt Lake Community College, where she helped the Bruins to a combined record of 71-16. The squad reached a #1 ranking during her sophomore year in 2007 en route to a third-place finish in the NJCAA Tournament. She was named the conference's all-region second team, as well.
A native of Las Vegas, she graduated from Silverado High School in 2006. She was a four-time Sunrise Region first team member.
Coincidentally, she is not the first in her family to sit on the bench for UNLV, as her father Jeff was an assistant coach for former Rebel head coach Deitre Collins.