UNLV Pioneer: Jerry Tarkanian

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Career Highlights

Among the milestones achieved by Jerry Tarkanian, popularly known as "Tark the Shark," while serving as a collegiate head coach are:

  • Setting a record margin of victory in a national men’s basketball championship game when his 1990 Runnin’ Rebels team defeated Duke 103-73. That 30-point margin still is the record today.
  • Compiling a Division I coaching record of 784-202 while at Long Beach State, UNLV, and Fresno State.
  • Compiling a career winning percentage of .784 as recognized by NCAA , which ranks 10th all-time.
  • Becoming the second-fastest coach to reach 700 career wins in NCAA history, behind only Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp.
  • Coaching Division I teams for a total of 31 years.
  • Posting a 509-105 (.829) record at UNLV.
  • Having a winning season each year at UNLV while coaching 13 players recognized as All-Americans a total of 20 times.
  • Winning 11 regular-season conference championships, seven tournament championships and making 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, including a string of nine straight ­— all at UNLV.
  • Becoming an eight-time conference coach of the year while at UNLV.
  • Coaching his final UNLV game on March 3, 1992, with the Rebels defeating Utah State 65-53. He left UNLV as the winningest coach in college basketball history (.835).