The University of Nevada, Las Vegas athletic department has hired alumnus and retired NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, but not for a position on the football coaching staff.
Instead, Cunningham will begin an assistant coaching position on the track team, specializing in jumping.
“I am very excited to bring Coach Cunningham back to where it all started. Having a true Rebel on this coaching staff who knows the history and legacy of the university is priceless,” said coach Carmelita Jeter. via school press release.
— UNLV Track and Field/Cross Country (@UNLVTrackCC) November 20, 2023
This will not be Cunningham’s first experience in the world of athletics, as he has coached athletes in two Olympic Games and seven World Championships.
High jumping also runs in the family. Her daughter Vashti has won medals in several world championships and is signed by Nike. Her other daughter, Grace, is currently a junior at UNLV, so she will now coach her as she has Olympic hopes. Her son, Randall, was also a high jumper and won two NCAA national titles at USC.
Cunningham’s number 12 is the only number retired by the UNLV football program. He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
The 60-year-old played in the NFL from 1985 to 2001 and spent 11 seasons with the Eagles to begin his career. The four-time Pro Bowler is a member of the Eagles Hall of Fame.