By Wesley Juhl and Mark Anderson
UNLV head baseball coach Tim Chambers was arrested in connection with driving under the influence Tuesday.
Chambers, 50, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on one cnotount of DUI, having no proof of insurance and two counts of failure to maintain lanes. He is being held on $5,000 cash bail and is scheduled in court for a 48-hour hearing Thursday morning.
“We are aware that Tim Chambers was arrested earlier today in Las Vegas,” UNLV Athletics Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said in a statement. “He has been immediately put on administrative leave. We are in the process of gathering all of the facts and at this time have no further comment.”
The athletics department announced in July that Chambers was going on indefinite medical leave to have surgery for back injuries. Associate head coach Stan Stolte was to serve as the acting head coach in Chambers’ absence.
Chambers has been the Rebels’ coach for five years, but he missed most of last season because of his back issues. UNLV went 25-31 just one season removed from an NCAA regional appearance. Chambers was optimistic about this upcoming season, largely because of a promising recruiting class and the return of nearly the entire pitching staff.
In May, the athletic department announced the beginning of construction of a two-story, $2.75 million clubhouse, which is nearing completion. The building is seen as a boon to the program’s recruiting efforts.
Chambers has four years remaining on a contract that pays him $110,000 annually.