One of the winningest coaches in college baseball history, Fred Dallimore led UNLV for 23 seasons and compiled an overall record of 794-558-2 (.587). He averaged a stunning 34.5 wins per season.
Dallimore came to Las Vegas in 1969 and served as assistant coach for four seasons before taking over in 1974. During his tenure, his teams appeared in the NCAA Tournament seven times. He guided the Hustlin’ Rebels to 19 .500-or-better seasons and 19 30-win campaigns over 23 years. In addition, his teams won 40 or more games eight times, including a program-record 53 by the 1980 team, which was inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame in 1994 after finishing one game short of a trip to the College World Series.
Known as a supreme developer of talent, Dallimore produced 11 All-Americans, including first-teamers such as Dan Murphy, Randy Ward and Kevin Lofthus. His knack for molding professional players is highlighted by the fact that no less than 43 young men were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft in just his last dozen years on the job. His gifts of teaching and motivating are backed up by names of pros such as Donovan Osborne, Todd Stottlemyre, Joe Boever, Brian Boehringer, T.J. Mathews, Eric Ludwick, and the greatest Hustlin’ Rebel of them all -- fellow Northern Nevada native Matt Williams -- a consensus First Team All-American who went on to an illustrious slugging career.
In his final season in 1996, Dallimore’s team posted 43 victories en route to winning the Big West Conference Tournament championship in what was arguably the toughest league in the nation that spring. That team also gave their coach his seventh and final trip to the NCAA tournament.
He left Las Vegas for a professional coaching career but returned in 1997 to have his number No. 13 retired by the school, joining former peer Jerry Tarkanian as the only other coach in school history to have his jersey retired.
Born: October 21, 1944
Claim to Fame: He is one of the winningest coaches in college baseball history, compiling an overall record of 794-558-2.
Family: Wife (Alice); daughter (Jamie); son (Brian); 6 grandchildren