Danny Tarkanian

Danny Tarkanian
Co-Founder

Danny Tarkanian

Danny Tarkanian co-founded the Tarkanian Basketball Academy in 2003. In high school and college, Danny was a top athlete and student. He was UNLV's first Rhodes Scholar and twice named First Team Academic All-American by the NCAA.

Danny Tarkanian co-founded the Tarkanian Basketball Academy in 2003. In high school and college, Danny was a top athlete and student. He was UNLV’s first Rhodes Scholar candidate and twice named First Team Academic All-American by the NCAA. Danny is husband to Amy Tarkanian and the father of four. He is a successful real estate developer and small businessman.

Danny attended Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas where he developed the “competitive nature” he’s carried with him throughout his life. After one year of junior college, Danny moved back to Las Vegas and enrolled at UNLV where he again not only excelled in athletics – serving at the basketball team’s point guard and captain – but academics, as well. He graduated from UNLV with high honors.

Danny went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law despite having no legal background and no family history in law. Still, he graduated third out of his class, demonstrating that you can accomplish anything you want if you just put their mind to it and are willing to do the work. Danny practiced law for seven years, including three as the founder of his own law firm where he experienced first-hand all the problems, roadblocks and headaches government creates for job creators and entrepreneurs.

After his dad became head coach at Fresno State, Danny took him up on an offer to be one of his assistant coaches before eventually moving back to Las Vegas and getting involved in commercial real estate. He developed the Tarkanian Professional Center – a 100,000 foot commercial business center.

In 2001 Danny married Amy and they have four children – Lois (named after his mom), Ava, Ashley and Jerry (named after his dad). Together they are also involved in a number of charities in Nevada, including Hope for Prisoners (helps newly-released prisoners return to society), Team Focus (helps fatherless boys) and the Tark Toy Drive (pediatric stroke awareness).