Jerry Tarkanian may be the most revered sports figure in the history of Las Vegas.
The long-time coach of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels turned Las Vegas into frenzy during his 19 years at the helm of one of the most successful college basketball programs in NCAA history.
Tarkanian amassed a 509-105 record at UNLV and led the Rebels to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, four Final Fours and the 1990 National Championship. UNLV compiled home winning streaks of 72, 59 and 36 during Tark’s tenure.
Tarkanian also has had successful coaching stints at Long Beach State and Fresno State as well as a short stint as head coach of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.
In 2013, he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Tarkanian passed away on February 11, 2015 at the age of 84.
Born: August 30, 1939
Claim to Fame: One of the NCAA's most successful basketball coaches; led UNLV to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances and captured the 1990 National Championship; is the all-time winningest coach in UNLV history.