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Hauck announces coaching staff

New UNLV coach brings six Montana coaches to Southern Nevada

UNLV New Football Coach-Bobby Hauck

UNLV officially ended its search for a new football coach today by announcing former University of Montana head coach Bobby Hauck as their new man.

At least six of the nine assistants on UNLV coach Bobby Hauck's coaching staff will come from Montana.

Hauck announced seven members of his staff Monday, including the offensive and defensive coordinators.

Rob Phenicie will coach the offense, while Kraig Paulson will head the defense. Both Phenicie and Paulson worked under Hauck at Montana.

"The majority of our staff is now in place and we're excited to get on the road to recruit the best possible class for UNLV football," Hauck said in a statement.

Ty Gregorak, who also followed Hauck from Montana, will serve as UNLV's recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach. Chad Germer, Dominic Daste and Cedric Cormier round out the list of new UNLV coaches from Montana.

Germer will man the offensive line, Daste will coach the tight ends and Cormier will lead the receivers. Cormier coached at Miami (Ohio) University last season after leaving Montana.

Hauck also announced that J.D. Williams would be UNLV's assistant head coach, pass defense coordinator and defensive backs coach. Williams coached at Utah in 2009 after spending seven years in the Pac-10 Conference.

"Most of these coaches bring with them Pac-10 or Mountain West Conference experience or ties," Hauck said. "I also have a strong history with all of them, which will translate into a smooth transition as we get going."

There are still two open slots on Hauck's coaching staff. But in the release, Hauck said filling those voids would not be an immediate priority.

Hauck and his staff will instead devote all of their energy to recruiting for the next month leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 3.

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  1. get er done

  2. Sounds good to me.

  3. Swoop!!!

  4. Great job by Hauck bringing in guys he knows and has worked with before. I am excited for a new beginning for our football program!!!

  5. Continuity of staff sounds good.

    The Utah assistant worries me. We don't like Ute Assistants here!

    Overall, can't be any worse than the bums we had under Sanford.


  6. Anyone know if he's gonna keep the strength coach?

  7. Now let's shore up the defense and O-line and win some ball games!

  8. Washington State gave a Big Sky Coach their job and he filled it with his former staff as well with horrible results. Just find us some guys with success at the D1 level who can recruit. Nice to see no Bradeson or Cink. After watching Billy Winn of Vegas look great tonite for Boise State, Eddie Wide of Cimarron and Sylvester Stevenson of Valley at Utah, Preston Davis of Shadow, Michael Cosgrove and Jeromy jones of DP at Idaho someone needs to keep Vegas kids home once and for all. Let's see how Hauck is going to change UNLV's approach to in state recruiting with a staff from Montana who did not recruit Vegas.

  9. Division 1-AA ball at UNLV, Whoop, Whoop!

  10. Nice to see everyone giving Hauck plenty of opportunity to prove himself one way or another.

  11. I guarantee you all that Hauck's Montana team (09-10) could have beat this years UNLV team as well as several of the other teams that are in D-1. This guy is going to be for real.

    Kirkland, you can't expect EVERY Vegas kid to stay in Vegas & go to UNLV..but it would be nice if some of them stayed! I really do think that he needs to get atleast 1 of the top 3 recruits in Vegas each year to keep us happy! (well winning cures everything of course!)

  12. A breath of fresh air for Rebel football with the anouncement of new Assistant coaching staff by Hauck

  13. He apparently recruited locally in Montana, so I see no reason why he wouldn't here. That said, in the end, it's up to the kids. And if a good BCS school comes calling, that's tough to compete with. All he can do is try, and I think he will.

  14. You guarantee do you, and how do you propose to do that? Oh brother, back to that again? I don't agree at all 11.

  15. I agree with 11, our team and our coach was horrible last year. Montana would have came in here and kicked UNLV's butt. He has a lot of work to do to turn this program around but I hope he can do it!

  16. When was the last year that UNLV held the cannon by beating UNR... If he could get that,, then I will believe that he might turn this program around... Also beat wisconsin so they will pave the parking lot...

  17. No one has the expectation that he is going to win a recruiting battle with Oklahoma for a local kid. But, we are talking about local kids going to Idaho, Boise, Utah and a host of other schools that are within the competition base of UNLV. When Rutgers hired their Football Coach, he did not let a horrible past record at that school to stop him from going after Florida recruits and dominating the local recruiting markets. The issue has been that Sanford and Robinson never made real in roads with local schools. Hawaii goes an hires away a local high school assistant coach as a recruiting coordinator and he lands 3 local kids in year 1. Now that is sad. Preston Davis would look really good in a UNLV jersey. Ben Jacobs would have looked really good in a UNLV jersey instead of a Fresno jersey. Michael Ball would have looked better in Red than in Nevada blue where he ran all over the Rebels.

    If you can not get kids to come to UNLV due to not making the effort to drive 15 minutes to see a Sophomore or Junior play that is on the UNLV Staff on lack of effort. That is what has to change. Being a State with only 2 Universities offering football, plenty of kids fall through the cracks and that should not happen.

    Idaho vs UNLV - it is no choice when UNLV fails to even knock on your door. At least the Vegas kids on the Idaho roster have gotten to a bowl game.

    Hauck needs to get the lower level guys and just convince one stud to stay at home. But, to walk in a door weeks after Chris Ault has come to town to see you is something that can not be tolerated if you are going to build local support.

  18. who were the last big time kids to stay in town? Besides Payne and Paulo, i can't remember too many after Seward and Brimmer

  19. Give Bobby a chance before you judge him.

  20. "No one has the expectation that he is going to win a recruiting battle with Oklahoma for a local kid."

    Actually, Murray's name has been brought up by some people bitching about losing local talent, so that's not entirely true. Some people seem to think it's entirely up to the UNLV head coach whether or not a kid stays.

    Also, many kids want to leave just to leave. They want to have their college experience away from home, and it really has nothing to do with the local program. So you're always going to lose some good players to schools that UNLV *is* competitive with. Even Tark couldn't get every local player he wanted.

  21. @kirkland1. your just as bad as sufferin, the guy has been the head coach for two weeks give him a chance. UNLV football has bigger problems than recruiting the facilities are below average and we as fans need to get behind this program and fill seats instead of crying like little school girls about what local talent went to play ball out of state. why dont you wait and see what recruits he brings in before you start making your defeatist comments.