Tim Chambers was named the sixth UNLV head baseball coach in history, Director of Athletics Jim Livengood announced on June 11.
One of the country's most successful baseball mentors at the high school, American Legion and then junior college levels over the past two decades, Chambers takes over the Rebels after 11 seasons leading the nationally ranked College of Southern Nevada program. He has also served as athletics director for CSN since 2003.
"Tim Chambers brings an incredibly accomplished resume with him to UNLV after his years at Bishop Gorman High School and at the College of Southern Nevada," Livengood said. "His knowledge for the game, his love of this community and his total commitment to excellence were all factors that brought us to the decision to hire him to lead our baseball program. Timing is everything and this is the right time for Tim Chambers and the right time for UNLV."
Named the Scenic West Athletic Conference Coach of the Year four times, including this season, Chambers built the Coyotes' powerful program from the ground up and has enjoyed stunning success: seven conference championships, three region titles, two district crowns and the 2003 JUCO World Series Championship. This year's squad, led by top Major League Baseball draft pick Bryce Harper, was ranked second in the nation and finished 52-16 overall after reaching the national semifinals earlier this month.
"I want to thank my family at CSN for everything over the past 11 years and now I am looking forward to starting a new family at UNLV," Chambers said. "I'm doing this to have a chance to go to Omaha (for the College World Series). I don't know of many people who get the opportunity to coach at the high school, junior college and Division One levels all in the same town, so this can be something really special."
Before moving to CSN, Chambers served as head coach at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High School from 1991-99 where he won six consecutive Sunset Division championships (1992-97) and was the state runner-up in 1997. The NIAA High School Baseball Coach of the Year in 1993 and '94 was also head coach of the American Legion Las Vegas Knights from 1991-99, winning numerous local, regional and national awards. The three-time state champions played in the 1998 American Legion World Series and finished the season ranked fifth in the nation.
After a college playing career that saw him named all-conference at three different schools, including earning All-America honors at Dixie College in 1984, Chambers earned his bachelor's degree from Southern Utah University in 1989
New UNLV baseball head coach Tim Chambers started assembling his coaching staff by announcing Tuesday that veteran pitching coach Stan Stolte has joined the Rebels.
Stolte is no stranger to baseball in the Silver State, having served on the coaching staff at in-state rival Nevada, Reno for the past 14 seasons, including spending the last four as the associate head coach of the Wolf Pack program. Stolte also served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator during his time in Reno, and UNR made NCAA tournament appearances in 1997, 1999 and 2000.
"Stan Stolte was the first name that came to my mind when I got the job," Chambers said. "I have known Stan for a long time and he is a great person. I brought him in because he is a good pitching coach and he will teach me a lot about this level."
Stolte has developed 22 all-conference pitchers, three freshman All-Americans and two WAC Pitcher of the Year winners, including 2010 honoree Brock Stassi, who led the league with a 3.43 ERA while compiling a 7-4 overall record. Stolte has coached 34 pitchers that have made it to the professional ranks, including Dan Reichert, who was a 1997 first round selection of the Kansas City Royals. He also mentored Chad Qualls and Darrell Rasner, who were taken in the second round of the MLB draft in 2000 and 2002 respectively. Qualls was a key bullpen member of the Houston Astros when they advanced to the 2005 World Series, and he is currently the closer for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
"There were not many jobs that I would leave the community of Reno and the school for, but this was a no-brainer," Stolte said. "I can tell that they want to get this thing going and I want to be a part of something special with coach Chambers."
Prior to coming to UNR he spent seven years as an assistant coach at the University of the Pacific. Stolte coached at Northwest Missouri State for two years before heading west to Pacific. His coaching career began in the high school ranks as head coach at Clarence-Lowden High School in Iowa, where he was 110-45. He won four district titles and made one Iowa high school final four appearance in six years as a prep mentor. He then coached at Northwest Missouri State prior to returning to his alma mater, Muscatine (Iowa) Community College to coach the 1989-90 season.
An infielder and pitcher at Muscatine and St. Ambrose (Iowa) College, Stolte helped St. Ambrose win an NAIA regional baseball championship in 1984. He was a two-sport athlete at Muscatine playing baseball and basketball. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from St. Ambrose University in 1984 and his master's degree in education from Northwest Missouri State in 1989.
Kevin Higgins is in his first season as an assistant coach with the UNLV Rebels baseball team. Higgins, most recently served as an assistant coach at the College of Southern Nevada, where he helped lead the Coyotes to the 2010 Region XVIII and Western District Championships as well as a third place finish at the JUCO World Series.
Prior to his stint with CSN, Higgins enjoyed a standout collegiate career himself as well as coaching stops at both the high school and collegiate level, including spending two years as first-base coach with the Las Vegas 51s, the then Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Higgins also served as the 51s color analyst for two seasons.
Higgins spent two years at Los Angeles Harbor College where he served as a co-captain and was named all-league, all-district twice as well as a Junior College All-American.
Higgins then transferred to Arizona State University where he would go on to earn All-America honors as a second baseman and start in 134 straight games for the Sun Devils. He was a two-time First-Team All-Pac 10 selection at second base, Tri-Captain and recipient of the Mr. Sun Devil Award for Leadership.
Following the 1988 season in which Higgins batted .361 with 108 hits, including 34 for extra bases in addition to 68 RBI and 11 stolen bases, he was named First-Team All-America by Baseball America. The following season, Higgins helped ASU to a national runner-up finish at the College World Series in addition to being selected a First Team All-Region second baseman and named to the All-Decade Team (1980-89) at second base.
In 1989 Higgins was drafted in the 12th round by the San Diego Padres and spent five seasons in the organization, earning several notable honors in that span. Higgins was the Double-A batting champion in the Texas League in 1990 and was called up the Padres three years later on May 28, 1993, finishing the season as the San Diego's starting catcher and also playing a variety of other positions.
Kevin and his wife Debbie are the parents of three daughters, Kylie (20) who is a sophomore at UNLV, Kacie (14) and Kendall (12) and one son, Kade (9) and reside in Summerlin.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Tony Cappuccilli will begin his first season as the volunteer assistant coach for UNLV baseball.
Cappuccilli, who is currently the head coach of the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska Baseball League during the summer months, has spent time as an assistant coach in the Cape Cod League and at Irvine Valley College in the Orange Empire Conference.
The native of Huntington Beach, CA is a graduate of Nevada, Reno and help the Wolf Pack to a Big West Championship in 2000. He was a highly touted prep and an All-American in 1999 at Edison High School where he broke the Orange County career home run record. He played at UNR from 2000-03, while current associate head coach Stan Stolte was on the coaching staff, and batted .357 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI as a junior.
He continued playing for one year in the Frontier League for the Florence Freedom.
His first coaching gig was in 2004 at his alma mater Edison High School, where he spent one year before becoming the head coach at Trout Lake High School in Trout Lake, WA. He spent the 2005 season in The Evergreen State before returning to Edison High School, where he was an assistant coach from 2006-09. Cappuccilli helped the Chargers to Sunset League championships in 2007 and 2009. The team made it to the CIF finals in 2009, where he coached current Rebel junior Jon Torres.
Cappuccilli earned his Bachelor's degree from UNR in 2003 and got his Master's degree in coaching and athletic administration at Concordia.