“I thought this would be a great opportunity for the students to meet a great Armenian sports figure,” said CKACS Principal Sophie Mekhitarian, who had invited Tarkanian to visit the school. “It was also a chance for him to check-out our new basketball courts.”
For 19 seasons (1973-1992), “Tark the Shark” coached the UNLV Running Rebels basketball squad, winning the NCAA National Championship in 1990. From 1995 to 2002, he led the Fresno State Bulldogs to six 20- win seasons and two NCAA tournament appearances. Tarkanian ranks among the all-time NCAA coaches in victories and winning-percentage.
The CKACS basketball courts were installed earlier this year with funding from the Lincy Foundation.