Earl E. Wilson Baseball Stadium
The UNLV baseball program boasts perhaps one of the top 15 best facilities for college baseball. The 3,000-seat Earl E. Wilson Baseball Stadium at Roger Barnson Field is a beautiful attraction to draw the best teams in college baseball to Las Vegas. Read More
Associate head coach Stan Stolte enters his fifth season at UNLV, serving as the Rebels pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Overall Stolte has sent 15 players to the Major Leagues and has developed 18 All-Americans. He has mentored five conference pitchers of the year, including three of the last four (Erick Fedde, 2014; Buddy Borden, 2013; Tanner Peters, 2011). 85 of his players have signed professional contracts and he saw 28 of his pitchers named to all-conference teams.
In 2014, he saw juinor Erick Fedde become one of the best pitchers in the country. Fedde was named a Second Team All-American and was on the Midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list before his season came to a premature end after an injury. Despite his injury, Fedde became the third player in UNLV history to become a first-round draft pick as he was drafted 18th overall in the 2014 First Year Player Draft by the Washington Nationals. He was also named the 2014 Mountain West Player of the Year after posting a 8-2 record with a 1.76 ERA.
Kevin Higgins enters his fifth season as an assistant coach with the UNLV Rebels baseball team. Higgins coaches the infield and oversees the catchers.
Higgins helped tutored two MLB draftees in 2014, as T.J. White and Patrick Armstrong were both taken on the final day of the MLB Draft. He also helped Armstrong and A.J. Hernandez take home Mountain West Player of the Week honors (Armstrong – Week 11; Hernandez – Week 14).
Defensively, the team held a .967 fielding percentage in 2014, which was the highest percentage since 2003. The Rebels also finished with 78 errors on the year, the lowest amount since 2008.
Patrick Armstrong returns to UNLV and will enter his first season as the volunteer assistant coach with the Rebel baseball program. Armstrong will assist the current staff with the outfielders, as well as other duties.
The native of Woodbridge, CA graduated from UNLV and was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 39th round in 2014. As a senior, Armstrong earned All-Mountain West First Team honors and finished with a team-high eight home runs. He led UNLV to a regular season Mountain West title and team’s first NCAA Regional appearance since 2005. He finished the season with a .303 batting average, 49 RBI, five triples and scored 40 runs.
Armstrong was a pleasant surprise for the Rebels as a junior in 2013. He earned a starting spot early in the season and led the team with a .373 batting average, which ranked fourth in the Mountain West. He also led the team with a .595 slugging percentage and hit seven home runs, helping him earn All-MW Second Team honors. Armstrong played in 49 games and made 46 starts for UNLV and helped the team capture its most wins since 2004, as the Rebels finished with an overall record of 37-20.