Head Coach Tim Chambers
Tim Chambers enters his second season as the head coach of the UNLV Rebels baseball team. He led UNLV to a 33-25 mark in 2011, marking the first time the squad had reached the 30-win plateau since the 2005 season. Chambers ushered in a new era of Rebel baseball in dramatic fashion, racing out to the best start in program history through 21 games, posting a 17-4 mark. In that span, UNLV went from unranked to cracking the top-30 in both the National College Baseball Writers Association and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls for three consecutive weeks. Among the 33 wins in 2011 were three over nationally ranked opponents, including No. 9 TCU, No. 11 UC Irvine and No. 14 Arizona. The 23 wins at Wilson Stadium were the most at home since the 2004 season when UNLV posted a 26-10 mark. One of the country's most successful baseball mentors at the high school, American Legion and then junior college levels over the past two decades, Chambers took over the Rebels after 11 seasons leading the nationally ranked College of Southern Nevada program. He has also served as athletics director for CSN since 2003. After a college playing career that saw him named all-conference at three different schools, including earning All-America honors at Dixie College in 1984, Chambers earned his bachelor's degree from Southern Utah University in 1989. He and his wife, Kimberlie, have two daughters, McKenzie (16) and Chase (3).
Assistant Coach Stan Stolte
Stolte begins his third season at UNLV, serving as the Rebels; pitching coach. In 2011, Stolte helped mold a pair of All-Americans in Tanner Peters and Zack Hartman. Peters, a 16th-round selection in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft by the Oakland A's, was named the 2011 Mountain West Pitcher of the Year after a spectacular junior season in which he posted a 9-4 record and 1.50 ERA. Peters threw eight complete games in 2011, ranking second in the nation behind UCLA's Trevor Bauer (9). He broke the Mountain West record for complete games in both a single season and career and is tied for complete-game shutouts in a career with former 2009 No. 1 overall MLB selection Stephen Strasburg. The Rebel ace was named a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American following his final season in Rebel Red. Hartman registered eight saves in his freshman campaign and notched a 5-2 record in 22 appearances on the hill for the Rebels. His 2.35 ERA was second lowest on the team while his 29 strikeouts in just 38.1 innings of work ranked fourth on the team. Stolte is no stranger to baseball in the Silver State, having served on the coaching staff at in-state rival Nevada, Reno for 14 seasons, including spending his last four as the associate head coach of the Wolf Pack program. Stolte also served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator during his time in Reno, helping UNR to NCAA tournament appearances in 1997, 1999 and 2000.
Assistant Coach Kevin Higgins
Kevin Higgins is in his third season as an assistant coach with the UNLV Rebels baseball team. Higgins works primarily with the catchers and also serves as infield and third base coach. In 2012, Higgins helped mold a pair of two freshmen catchers that combined to start 46 of UNLV's 57 games played. Erik VanMeetren ranked second on the team with 166 putouts while Scott Tomassetti led the Rebels in fielding percentage at .986, committing just two errors behind the plate in 21 games started. After splitting third-base coaching duties with skpper Tim Chambers, Higgins made the move to permanently hold down the hot corner in the middle of the 2012 season, helping guide the Rebels to 374 runs scored on the year, averaging to over six runs per game. Higgins served as an assistant coach at the College of Southern Nevada, where he helped lead the Coyotes to the 2010 Region XVIII and Western District Championships as well as a third place finish at the JUCO World Series. Prior to his stint with CSN, Higgins enjoyed a standout collegiate career himself as well as coaching stops at both the high school and collegiate level, including spending two years as first-base coach with the Las Vegas 51s, the then Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Higgins also served as the 51s color analyst for two seasons.
Assistant Coach Eric Nielsen
Former Louisville Slugger First Team All-American and Rebel standout Eric Nielsen has joined the UNLV baseball coaching staff announced head coach Tim Chambers. Nielsen joins the staff as a volunteer assistant after serving as a color analyst on the Rebels' radio broadcast over the past two seasons. The former 12th-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays produced one of the greatest careers in UNLV baseball history. One of just 10 players named to the Mountain West's 10th Anniversary Team, Nielsen started 171 of 180 games played and ranks second in career batting average with a .376 clip in 673 total at bats.