Harry Rabenhorst

Harry Rabenhorst (1898-1972)

Teams coached: LSU Tigers
LSU record: 340-264 (.563)
Overall record: 340-264 (.563)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1953, 1954)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  2  (1953, 1954)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  1  (1953)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • SEC Regular Season Champion:  3  (1935, 1953, 1954)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1945-1957 LSU
1925-1942 LSU

Harry Rabenhorst Facts

  • Harry Aldrich Rabenhorst
  • Born April 30, 1898
  • Died March 24, 1972
  • Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Alma Mater: Wake Forest College (BA, 1921)
  • Played fullback on the Wake Forest football team, serving as captain for three seasons
    • Also played basketball, baseball and ran track, serving as the coach of the track & field team during his time in school
      • Was coached by E. T. MacDonald in basketball, baseball and football in 1917-18
    • Listed as the head coach of record for the 1918 and 1919 seasons, during which the Deacs went 3-8
    • Inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame (c/o 1972), becoming the seventh member
  • Served in the US Navy at the end of World War I and then began his coaching career upon his return to the States
    • Worked for one year Greensboro (NC) HS and three years at New Mexico Military Academy
  • Started his long coaching career at LSU in 1925, becoming an assistant football coach and head basketball coach that year
    • Held both of those roles from 1925-42 and also became head baseball coach in 1927, staying in that role until 1942
      • Left the school in 1942 to returned to active duty with the Navy to serve in World War II
      • Returned to Baton Rouge in 1945 and resumed his posts as head basketball and head baseball coach
    • In 29 total seasons at the helm of the basketball program, Rabenhorst went 340-264 and won three SEC titles
      • Led the Tigers to the 1953 Final Four and 1954 Sweet Sixteen (much of his tenure was pre-NCAA Tournament)
      • Among the players he coached was 2x NBA MVP and Basketball Hall of Famer, Bob Pettit
    • Went 228–240–7 in 27 seasons with the baseball team, winning two SEC titles and twice named SEC COY
  • Stopped coaching baseball in 1956 and basketball in 1957; served as LSU’s athletic director for a brief stint (1967-68)
    • Inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (c/o 1970) and LSU Athletics Hall of Fame (c/o 2009)

Harry Rabenhorst Coaching Tree

  • Jesse Fatherree (LSU)
  • Dale Morey (LSU)