Lisa Dodd was named the fifth head coach in UNLV softball history on June 21, 2012. Dodd is only the fifth head coach in Rebel softball history.
Prior to taking the reins of the Rebel program, Dodd spent nine seasons playing and/or coaching on the NCAA Division I level – four at UCLA (2004-07) and five as an assistant coach, reaching the postseason each year. Her teams advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals six times (the Super Regionals were implemented during the 2005 season) and the Women’s College World Series on five occasions. She also helped UCLA win a national championship in 2004. In this time frame, she notched an overall record of 388-139, which translates to a .736 winning percentage.
In 2013, Dodd led the Scarlet & Gray to 21 wins, three of which were against Top 25 opposition – Louisville, Virginia Tech and Tulsa – in her first campaign as the Rebel skipper. She coached Stefany Valentino to an NFCA All-West Region Second Team selection, while helping Valentino, Tayler Van Acker, Emily Haslinger and Amanda Oliveto earn Mountain West All-Conference honors.
Under her tutelage, three different Rebels earned MW weekly recognition with Oliveto being named the pitcher of the week three times, while Tayler Aleman and Pauline Monreal were both one-time recipients of the player of the week award.
Courtney Martinez begins her first year at UNLV after she served as an assistant coach at CSU Bakersfield the past two seasons. Martinez helped the Roadrunners transition into the Western Athletic Conference from an independent status. The `Runners won 36 games between the 2013 and ’14 campaigns, which were boosted by 21 last year alone. One year after a sixth-place finish in the team’s inaugural season in the WAC, CSUB moved up to fourth in ’15 and claimed runner-up status at the conference’s postseason tournament. Under her watch, six student-athletes were named All-WAC, while four were chosen for WAC All-Tournament recognition. In addition, Kelsie Monroe earned the WAC’s Pitcher of the Year honors as well as a nod on the NFCA’s All-Pacific Region Third Team. In the classroom, the team had 11 individuals earn WAC All-Academic honors and five more selected as NFCA Scholar-Athletes.
The Chino Hills, native played four years (2006-09) at Cal State Fullerton where she started 217 games and helped the team to four straight NCAA Regionals and one Super Regional in 2007. The Big West recognized her twice when she was named its Player of the Week (2007) and as a Second Team selection (2009). During her senior season, she led the team in batting average (.327), on-base percentage (.402) and slugging percentage (.584). She concluded her career ranked in the top 10 in triples, sacrifice flies, sacrifice bunts and fielding assists.
She played internationally in Italy with Nuoro.
Rebecca Arbino begins her first year at UNLV after served as head coach of the Kingsburg High School (Kingsburg, Calif.) varsity softball team and oversaw the junior varsity squad. The Clovis, Calif., native’s name should ring a bell with Rebel supporters, as she was a two-time All-Mountain West Team performer (2012-13) for the San Diego State Aztecs. She began her collegiate career at Texas A&M before transferring to SDSU where she was tabbed MW Pitcher of the Week on five occasions. During her senior campaign she was chosen the Conference’s Pitcher of the Year as well as a member of the NFCA’s All-West Region Second Team. She concluded her two-year career with her name listed in nine top-10 rankings in SDSU’s record book, including fourth in both strikeout-to-walk ratio and saves. In all, she won a total of 82 games and helped her teams to four straight postseason appearances.
After she earned her undergraduate degree at SDSU in women’s studies with a minor in history in 2013, Arbino played internationally that summer in Italy with La Loggia Rhibo.