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Former NFL player and coach to become UNLV’s new defensive coordinator

Rebels coach Bobby Hauck’s younger brother, Tim, will run the defense and coach the cornerbacks this season


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Former NFL player and coach Tim Hauck was announced Wednesday as the UNLV football team’s defensive coordinator. He is the brother of Rebels head coach Bobby Hauck.

Tim Hauck

Former NFL player and coach Tim Hauck was announced Wednesday as the UNLV football team's defensive coordinator. He is the brother of Rebels head coach Bobby Hauck. Launch slideshow »

UNLV football’s latest hire stays within the family as Rebels coach Bobby Hauck on Wednesday announced younger brother Tim Hauck as the team’s new defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach.

Tim Hauck played safety in the NFL for 13 seasons, logging time with seven teams from 1990-2002. Since then, he’s coach in both the collegiate and professional ranks. Last year, he coached the Cleveland Browns defensive backs, and from 2009-2010 he was an assistant secondary coach for the Titans. Before that, he coached at UCLA (2008) and with his brother at Montana (2004-2007), serving first as the safeties coach and then overseeing the entire secondary in his final year.

Last season, the Rebels ranked second to last in the conference in total defense and pass defense, eighth in rushing defense and seventh in scoring defense

“We are certainly fortunate to convince someone with Tim’s experience and pedigree to come here and work with us,” Bobby Hauck said in a press release. “The other thing that is important is cohesion in the staff and Tim is certainly someone that this coaching staff knows and is comfortable with. He had numerous other opportunities but chose UNLV because he wants to be part of what we’re doing here.”

Tim Hauck played three years at Montana, earning Big Sky Conference defensive MVP honors as both a junior and a senior before moving on to the NFL. In high school, he played both quarterback and defensive back for his father, Bob Hauck Sr., at Sweet Grass High in Big Timber, Mont.

“I enjoy the NFL but this was a great opportunity for me,” Tim Hauck said. “UNLV is a team on the rise and I look forward to working for a football program that is extra meaningful to me because of the four years my brother has put into it.”

Bobby Hauck, who is two years older than his brother, also announced other assignments for this year’s coaching staff, which include previous offseason addition Timm Rosenbach as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Tim Hauck replaces J.D. Williams, and Rosenbach replaces Brent Myers.

Changes among the returners include moving Tim Hundley from inside linebackers to safeties and moving Rob Phenicie from quarterback to tight ends and associate head coach for academics.

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  1. Oh god, one use to ask themselves how could UNLV get any worse... Well I do believe that we have found our answer. This will be another year to take the under for total wins.. Also how can anyone say that "UNLV is a team on the rise"? Is he talking about another UNLV team and somehow he got confused?!?

  2. Have to laugh at how Bobby says his brother "chose UNLV". No one willingly chooses UNLV for any reason. People go to UNLV because there aren't better options available. It's like hitting on the fat chick at the bar at closing time. UNLV is that fat chick.

  3. ...or because he's doing his brother a solid. If you wouldn't do the same for your brother, you're wack.

    My questions is: There isn't enough money in the budget to hire an additional cornerback coach?

  4. If you only read the headline...

    you are gonna scream NEPOTISM.
    If you read the article, you will understand that sometimes, 'who you know' meets 'what you know' in a good way for both parties involved.
    On paper, it sure looks like a decent hire to me.

  5. I've hit on many fat chicks in my time and UNLV is my #1 Tons of fun!

  6. I can't believe we allowed this to happen....pure stupidity.