UNLV's new football staff will have at least a little Fresno State flavor in 2015.
New head coach Tony Sanchez, moving up to NCAA Division I from the high school ranks, announced ex-Bulldogs star and assistant J.D. Williams as one of three new hires Thursday.
Williams rejoins UNLV as the cornerbacks coach after spending the last of his three seasons with the Rebels as defensive coordinator in 2012. He leaves Georgia State, where he was coaching defensive backs and special teams.
Also named to the UNLV staff were Jamie Christian (running backs), hired away from Houston, and Joe Seumalo (defensive line) via Oregon State
Tim Skipper, who also played and coached at Fresno State, was offered the defensive coordinator position, according to multiple reports. Sanchez said he would announce his hire for that post Friday, but the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Mark Anderson reported that his sources were saying Skipper was not the choice.
Skipper is assistant head coach/assistant for linebackers at Colorado State, like UNLV and Fresno State a member of the Mountain West Conference.
Sanchez was 86-5 and won six state championships in his six years at Bishop Gorman High-Las Vegas.