Coaching Staff

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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.

Contact Coach Vignieri Greener at agreener@rebelhockey.com

 

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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.

Contact Coach Robone: nrobone@rebelhockey.com

 

Front Office / Alumni Board

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Zee Khan

General Manager

Zee Khan grew up playing hockey in Southern, CA, eventually leaving to play in the prestigious New England Prep School system at The Gunnery School, in Washington, CT. Khan then played junior hockey, with a stop in Las Vegas, eventually going to play NCAA hockey at UMASS. Khan would eventually transfer to Arizona State University, where he finished his college hockey career. Khan has two younger brothers who both also played and graduated from ASU, the youngest, winning the ACHA D1 National Championship in 2014. Khan has maintained close ties to the ASU program as they have laid the ground work and model for the transition from perennial ACHA contender, to ACHA D1 Champion, and now into their fourth season at the NCAA D1 level.
Khan enters his fourth season as the General Manager for the UNLV Rebels Hockey program. Khan was brought in prior to the 2015-2016 season, by current Director of Operations, Arturo Castro, with the common goal to build the UNLV Hockey program into a national contender. With a vision in place, Castro, with a new General Manager and coaching staff, put in place a group that was passionate about building a program. UNLV, perfectly positioned in the Southwest, had seen the program enter a low point. With the successes of Khan’s alma mater Arizona State University, the Rebels needed guidance, and someone to navigate the program, with the goal of constant growth. Khan took on the challenge of helping to rebrand, and build the UNLV Hockey program, using his many contacts within the hockey world, and the ACHA, to help bring credibility to the plans to bring UNLV into the top tier of college hockey. Khan and the current staff, were able to recruit players from the highest levels to come to Las Vegas and help build a legacy at UNLV. With the goal to grow from ACHA D2 to ACHA D1 within a few years, Khan led the transition, and has since seen the program elevate from a ACHA D2 team, to a national contender at the ACHA D1 level in a three year span, having reached the National Tournament as a top 12 seed in their first year, eventually losing to four time National Champion Ohio University. Khan has also been able to help secure the future of the UNLV program through the continued process of building relationships with key UNLV Alumni and members in the Las Vegas community. UNLV has also been able to establish a partnership with the Vegas Golden Knights, entering a deal to practice and play at the new state of the art, City National Arena.
Khan moved to Las Vegas in 2012 and is married to his wife Jennifer, and has a daughter, Olivia.
Contact General Manager Zee Khan:

Player Board of Directors / Team Staff

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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!

Arturo Castro

President