On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks UNLV baseball with Mark Anderson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Over the last 15 years or so, UNLV baseball has been something of a roller coaster ride. They enjoyed success very quickly under Jim Schlossnagle, as they got to a regional in 2003, his second season on the job. After that season, he departed for TCU, but the program kept rolling a little while longer and got to regionals in 2004 and 2005 under Buddy Gouldsmith.
From there, the momentum slowed, and Gouldsmith was replaced by Tim Chambers prior to the 2011 season. Using his deep Las Vegas ties (he was formerly the head coach of local JUCO powerhouse College of Southern Nevada) on the recruiting trail, Chambers had the Rebels back in a regional by 2014. But Chambers was fired prior to the 2016 season due to an off-the-field incident and replaced by Stan Stolte.
Stolte, a longtime assistant at both Nevada and UNLV, will be tasked with trying to bring some consistent success to a program that hasn’t enjoyed much of the sort, despite the program’s potential.
Among the topics discussed on this episode are:
- Mark’s thoughts on the first couple of years under Stan Stolte
- The ceiling for the UNLV program
- The commonalities in the program when head coaches have had success in the past
- What has kept the program from being able to maintain a high level of success over a long period of time
- How things might have been different had UNLV been able to hang onto Jim Schlossnagle longer than two years
- Key games and series on UNLV’s 2018 schedule
- Expectations for the 2018 season
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