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UNLV's Coaches Rally Support for Longtime Rebel Supporter

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LAS VEGAS -- Every UNLV head coach met with school President Neal Smatresk and threw support behind athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy.

Kunzer-Murphy becomes UNLV's first female AD.

The 60-year-old will come up with a strategic vision for UNLV's future athletic goals by the end of the year. She beat out four other finalists for the job, all who had previous experience in Athletic Administration.

"What she's put on the ground in 3 months is really good, Tina's a hard worker," Smatresk said.

All 18 head coaches met with Smatresk in support of Kunzer-Murphy.

UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck also expressed support for the move.

"I think that coach in the department feels like Tina replaced a guy who's nationally known in that job and she took the ball and ran it smoothly for the last couple of months," Hauck said.

Kunzer-Murphy's ties run deep as she graduated from Valley High School, coached, and played at UNLV. She also worked for the Thunder hockey club and the 51's baseball franchises along with ESPN and additional work with the Las Vegas Bowl.

The relationship between the Thomas and Mack and the athletic department has been rocky, but maybe those stumbling blocks will turn into stepping stones.

"With her being in the industry and having worked with us in the past, she knows what our role is, what the athletic role is and how those two best fit together as a partnership," Executive Director of the Thomas and Mack Center Mike Newcomb said.

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