Six different Rebel sports will be represented during ceremonies this fall as the seven-person, two-team UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010 was announced by the school recently.
Five former Rebel standout players, one head coach and a distinguished contributor will join two record-setting teams in being inducted on Friday evening, October 1, which is also the night before the Battle for the Fremont Cannon football game between UNLV and Nevada, Reno.
The Class of 2010 is made up of men's golfer Jeremy Anderson, men's soccer player Daniel Barber, softball player Julie Crandall, football player Nick Garritano, baseball player Ryan Ludwick, men's tennis coach the late Dr. Larry Easley, the 1994 football team, the 1985 men's soccer squad as well as longtime major donor Bob Mendenhall. Also scheduled to be honored that night is former Rebel football player and current president of the Palms Hotel, George Maloof Jr., who will receive the inaugural Silver Rebel Award.
The induction ceremonies will take place at the M Resort Spa Casino on South Las Vegas Blvd. Tickets for the general public ($125 per person) can be reserved now by calling Brian Finn at (702) 895-4753. Tables of 10 and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Ceremonies will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. and program to follow. Players, coaches and staff from the two teams being inducted that would like more information on attending the event should call UNLV's Susie Smith at (702) 895-4729.
"What an impressive and well-rounded group," said UNLV Director of Athletics Jim Livengood. "Some of the best of the best from more than a third of our programs will be on hand for what I am sure will be a memorable evening."
Born in 1987, UNLV's Athletics Hall of Fame will now grow to 105 members strong. Under the hall's bylaws, former student-athletes must have completed their eligibility at least 10 years earlier to be selected. Coaches and administrators must have stopped working at the University five years previous. All classes now enter on a biennial basis.
UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010
- Jeremy Anderson: Men's Golf Athlete (1996-2000)
- Daniel Barber: Men's Soccer Athlete (1989-92)
- Julie Crandall: Softball Athlete (1995-98)
- Nick Garritano: Football Athlete (1991-94)
- Ryan Ludwick: Baseball Athlete (1997-99)
- Dr. Larry Easley (Deceased): Men's Tennis Head Coach (1992-2003)
- 1994 UNLV Football Team: Conference and Las Vegas Bowl Champion
- 1985 UNLV Men's Soccer Team: Conference Champion and NCAA participant
- Bob Mendenhall: Distinguished Contributor
- George Maloof, Jr: Silver Rebel Award Winner
Class of 2010 Inductees Bios
A prolific performer on the golf course and in the classroom, Jeremy Anderson is the only athlete in school history to be a three-time All-American and three-time academic All-American. A member of head coach Dwaine Knight's 1998 National Championship squad, Anderson had the unusual honor of being voted player of the year in two different conferences (1999 Western Athletic and 2000 Mountain West). A first team All-American in 1999 and 2000, he was also a second team choice in 1998 as he posted three finishes in the top 30 at NCAA Championships. Before going on to a professional career that included 31 PGA Tour events, Anderson won five collegiate tournaments and set the UNLV record for lowest 18-hole score (63), lowest 54-hole score (198) and lowest scoring average for both a season (70.85) and career (72.01).
One of only two All-Americans in Rebel soccer history, Daniel Barber was a Freshman All-American in 1989 and then a third team selection two seasons later. UNLV's all-time assists leader with 26, Barber was first team all-conference and all-region in 1991 and first team all-league again in '92. He led the 1989 team in assists with 10 and the '91 squad in total points with 28, including 10 goals scored. The current Las Vegas resident went on to a nine-year career playing in various professional soccer leagues, including being a midfielder on the 1994 Continental Indoor Soccer League Champion Las Vegas Dustdevils.