Tony Knap had the unenviable task of taking UNLV's football program from Division II to the Division I level. He succeeded with flying colors. Knap, who came to UNLV after starting the program at Boise State, took over the program that had been started by Bill Ireland.
Over his six-year career, Knap guided the Rebels to a 47-20-2 record. In 1976, he took the Rebels to the Division II playoffs. After UNLV moved to Division I, Knap orchestrated arguably the biggest upset in UNLV history when the undermanned Rebels shocked No. 8 Brigham Young 45-41 in Provo, Utah in 1981.
Knap retired from coaching after his stint at UNLV moved to Walla Walla, Washington.
He passed away in 2011.
Born: December 08, 1914
Claim to Fame: Led UNLV's football program into Division I status; coached the Rebels to their biggest upset in school history over No. 8 BYU in 1981; compiled a 47-20-2 record in six seasons at UNLV.