Coaching Staff


Anthony Vignieri Greener

Head Coach

Vignieri Greener will be in his fourth year as head coach of the UNLV Men’s Hockey program. A native of Kenosha, WI, he moved to Las Vegas at an early age, where he played his youth hockey. He started his Jr Hockey career at the age of fifteen in Las Vegas, Nevada playing for Randy Burridge. The following seasons Vignieri Greener played in Traverse City, MI and Victoria, BC. After his Jr career was completed, Vignieri Greener returned home to play for UNLV under Head Coach Rob Pallin. Collegiately, Vignieri Greener was named to the first team All-American once and also a second-team All-American. In his last three seasons for UNLV, Vignieri Greener helped the team reach the regional tournament, a milestone for the young program at the time. During that time he was also apart of UNLV’s unbelievable two-season undefeated streak at home, totaling 36 consecutive wins.

Vignieri Greener began his coaching career for the Las Vegas Jr Wranglers, as well as other Las Vegas-based youth programs, including Pee Wee AA, Bantam AA, U16AA and U18AA, having led his teams to a number of tournament wins, including appearances at the National Tournament.

Vignieri Greener started as Head Coach of the UNLV Rebels, returning to lead his former team, in 2015-2016. Leading the program, with a clear goal to grow, and instill a new culture he began to build a new tradition for the once-powerful program. In the three years since taking the helm, UNLV has over 80 wins, reaching the ACHA D2 regionals, the ACHA D2 Nationals, and moving up from ACHA D2, and leading the program into ACHA D1, where the Rebels reached the National Tournament in their first season.

Vignieri Greener is as passionate about the game as anyone you can find, and spends countless hours every day in trying to make hockey in the Las Vegas community more visible. He strives to not only makes his players better on the ice but off the ice as well.

Vignieri Greener is married to his wife Ashley, and resides is Las Vegas, NV.

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Nick Robone

Assistant Coach

Robone enters his fourth season as the Assistant Coach for the UNLV Rebel Hockey program. The Las Vegas native has deep roots in ice and roller hockey across the Vegas valley and is a 2012 UNLV grad. Prior to helping lead the Rebels into ACHA D1 and over 80 wins’ in three seasons, Robone was an NCRHA All American at UNLV and coached the UNLV roller hockey program to three final fours and a 82-27-3 record from 2013-2015. His background in coaching extends to ice hockey as well where in 2014 and 2015 he assisted the Nevada Storm’s tier Bantam and Midget programs to the National Championship tournament both years.

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UNLV Goaltending Coach Joe D'Elia

Joe D’Elia

Goaltending Coach

Joe D’Elia is entering his first season as a volunteer goalie coach after recently moving to Las Vegas. Joe is originally from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada where he grew up playing in the AAA ranks of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). After playing in the GTHL, he played 3 years of Junior Hockey in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) for the Villanova Knights, Streetsville Derbys and the St. Mike’s Buzzers.

Upon completion of his Junior career, he moved on to star in the ACHA. His freshman season he suited up for the Davenport University Panthers in Grand Rapids, MI where he won the 2011 ACHA D1 National Championship. In his sophomore season, he decided to make a change and wound up transferring to Arizona State University. At ASU, he led the program to a monumental win over NCAA D1 Penn State University, a semifinal berth in the 2013 ACHA D1 National Tournament and capped his career off with another ACHA D1 National Championship in 2014 playing alongside General Manager, Zee Khan’s brother, Faiz Khan.

Joe has a strong passion coaching and for growing the game of hockey. He is also the volunteer goalie coach for the VJG Knights U12AA team and a volunteer strength coach at Elevate Sports Performance & Healthcare as he is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Dylan Culwell Athletic Trainer

Dylan Culwell

Athletic Trainer

Culwell is a Certified Athletic Trainer through the Board of Certification and licensed with the Nevada State Board of Athletic Trainers and has been practicing for almost 5 years. Culwell graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In his first 4 years of his profession, he was the Head Athletic Trainer at a Strength and Conditioning facility and a local high school in the Las Vegas valley. While working full time, Dylan contracted his professional expertise out to various opportunities in Vegas that included working with professional athletes from the ATP, MLS, NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. Athletes include Jimmy Butler, Steve Kerr, Zach Collins, Paul Richardson, Joey Gallo, Tommy Pham, and Nick Hundley.

Culwell is also a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Sports Medicine Team. Dylan has worked for Justin Boots Sports Medicine Team for the past 3 years and has had the privilege with working for Pro Rodeo’s finest athletes through many rodeos around the country providing acute, chronic, and emergency medicine to the athletes entrusted to the team.

Culwell has been the Head Athletic Trainer for UNLV Hockey for the past 2 seasons. A native of Arizona and a Boston Bruins fan growing up, Dylan found his passion for hockey Sports Medicine working for the Las Vegas Storm Junior AAA team. Dylan strives to continue his passion with hockey moving forward in his career.


Anthony Napolitano

Equipment Manager


Sarah Dorman

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Medical Staff

Dr. Randa Bascharon, DO – Team Physician
Dr. Byron Blasco, DMD – Team Dentist
Dr. Brendan Johnson, DDS Team Oral Surgeon
Desert Radiology – Imaging and Diagnostics


Frank Perone

Team Manager

Ask for Frank Perone at the Fiesta Sobe Ice Arena and you will Likely get “Frank who”? If you change your question and ask for Gramps, you will surely get a very positive response. In addition, if the UNLV Rebels Hockey Team is in the building, you can bet Gramps (aka Frank Perone) is there ready to help the team.

Frank has been involved with the UNLV hockey program from its beginning. His grandson, Anthony Greener, was one of the organizers that started the UNLV hockey club for the 2005-2006 ACHA season.

Gramps has been involved with numerous Las Vegas hockey teams over the years:

1998 Las Vegas Black Jacks
1999-2001 Las Vegas Gold Miners
April 2000 Travel in Italy and Germany with coach Mike Nemic and 16 junior players
2001-2002 Las Vegas Outlaws
2002-2003 Las Vegas Rattlers
2003-2005 Las Vegas Outlaws

Gramps has done almost everything to help the UNLV hockey team. He has been an Assistant Coach, General Manager, Scorekeeper, Ticket Salesman, Promoter, Fundraiser, Off-Ice Official, Public Address Announcer. As you might imagine, if it needs ‘doing’, Gramps will be involved. Gramps is always at every UNLV home game and most of their away games. So next time you see Gramps, say hello… he is always ready to talk some puck!