UNLV parts ways with Menzies after 3 seasons

UNLV has parted ways with coach Marvin Menzies after three seasons, the school announced Friday.

Menzies took over in 2016 after Chris Beard left the Runnin' Rebels for Texas Tech less than three weeks after being hired. Beard had replaced Todd Simon, who was the interim coach after Dave Rice was fired midway through the 2015-16 campaign.

Menzies, who spent one season as an assistant coach at UNLV in 2004-05, went 48-48 in his three seasons in the desert. The Rebels struggled to an 11-21 record his first season in charge, won 20 games last season, then went 17-14 this season. They finished tied for fourth in the Mountain West Conference.

"If I'm not confident in where we're headed, we need to make a change," UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois said.

"I want someone who knows what success looks like. Someone who is relentlessly committed. Basketball is in their blood. Figuring out how to run this program and be a part of this community.''

Before taking over at UNLV, Menzies, 57, was the head coach at New Mexico State for nine seasons, winning three regular-season championships and making five NCAA tournament appearances.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.