Jerry Tarkanian was an American basketball coach. He coached college basketball for 31 seasons over five decades at three schools.
He spent the majority of his career coaching with the UNLV Runnin' Rebels, leading them four times to the Final Four of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, winning the national championship in 1990.
Tarkanian revolutionized the college game at UNLV, utilizing a pressing defense to fuel its fast-paced offense.
Overall, he won over 700 games in his college coaching career, only twice failing to win 20 games, while never having a losing season.
Tarkanian was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.
Tarkanian studied at Pasadena City College and later Fresno State, earning a bachelor's degree while playing basketball.