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UNLV Basketball Makes Huge Coaching Announcement

UNLV mascot Hey Reb shoots fireworks during basketball game.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 22: Pyrotechnics shoot from the hands of UNLV Rebels mascot Hey Reb before the team's game against the New Mexico Lobos at the Thomas & Mack Center on January 22, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Rebels defeated the Lobos 74-58. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

After six straight years without an NCAA Tournament appearance, the UNLV Runnin' Rebels are looking for someone with experience who can bring them back. It took a few weeks, but UNLV has finally found its new head coach for the 2019-20 season.

South Dakota State's T.J. Otzelberger has been hired as the new head coach of the Runnin' Rebels, per an official announcement this afternoon. Otzelberger will be formally be introduced on Thursday.

The 41-year-old Otzelberger brings with him three seasons of very strong experience from his time at South Dakota State. In three seasons, he went 70-33, winning two Summit League regular season titles and two Summit League Tournament titles.

The Jackrabbits made the NCAA Tournament in each of his first two seasons, and appeared in the NIT First Round this past year.

The Jackrabbits made the NCAA Tournament in each of his first two seasons, and appeared in the NIT First Round this past year.

Otzelberger replaced Marvin Menzies, who was fired after three years at the helm, during which he failed to bring the Runnin' Rebels to the NCAA Tournament.

Once a constant presence in the NCAA Tournament in the mid-80s and early-90s, UNLV has gone a full ten years without winning a game in the tournament.

Next year will mark the 30-year anniversary of UNLV's first-ever national championship. The school certainly hopes to at least be in the tournament by that time.