UNLV announces firing of head coach Marvin Menzies

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UNLV athletics director Desiree Reed-Francois announced Friday afternoon that the school has parted ways with head coach Marvin Menzies. Menzies, who took over after Chris Beard left the school for Texas Tech shortly after being hired, was 48-48 in three seasons at UNLV.

The Runnin’ Rebels, who lost to San Diego State in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West tournament, finished the 2018-19 season with a 17-14 overall record.

Menzies, who won 198 games and made five NCAA tournament appearances during his time at New Mexico State, was unable to carry that success over to UNLV. The program last reached the NCAA tournament in 2013, which marked the end of a run of six appearances in a seven-year span.

UNLV has hovered around the middle of the Mountain West in recent years, with in-state rival Nevada becoming the conference’s top program. This upcoming hire is a very important one for Reed-Francois, as the program is in need of a boost.