Outstanding Alumni of the Year
Fred C. Albrecht
’71 MED Physical Education
Fred C. Albrecht retired from UNLV in 2007 after a 38-year career with the university. He came to UNLV in 1970 as assistant basketball coach and pursued a master’s degree.
Throughout the years, he worked for seven UNLV presidents, beginning with Roman Zorn and ending with David Ashley. Among the many positions he held at the university were tennis coach, director of alumni relations, interim athletic director (twice), executive director of athletic fundraising, and vice president of university and community relations.
After graduation, Albrecht created the first alumni relations program on campus. He shepherded the construction of the Richard Tam Alumni Center, a building intended to help alumni develop an identity. With the aid of a number of supporters, Albrecht and the alumni board raised $1.8 million in cash. He personally oversaw the construction, tapping supporters for in-kind donations of materials and labor valued at $1.2 million and spending nearly every day at the construction site. Construction was completed in 1990. In addition, he helped develop the first alumni tailgate park at Sam Boyd Stadium and the Alumni Amphitheater next to the Student Union.
Albrecht received the UNLV President’s Medal for services to the university and was inducted into the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame.