Jason Rabedeaux

Jason Rabedeaux (1965-2014)

Teams coached: UTEP Miners
UTEP record: 46-46 (.500)
Overall record^: 46-46 (.500)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (2001)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2007-2008 Marquette (DBO)
2004-2007 Marquette (asst)
1999-2002 UTEP
1994-1999 Oklahoma (asst)
1991-1994 Washington State (asst)
1989-1991 Washington State (grad. asst)
1988-1989 North Adams State (asst)

Jason Rabedeaux Facts

  • Jason Rabedeaux
  • Born April 4, 1965
  • Died September 22, 2014
  • Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Alma Mater: University of California, Davis (BS, 1988) / Washington State University (MA, 1991)
  • Born in Aurora, IL and raised in Eau Claire, WI, Rabedeaux played basketball, football and baseball at Eau Claire Memorial (HS)
  • Played basketball for Bob Hamilton at (then D-II) UC Davis, going from being a walk-on to two-time all-conference
    • Scored over 1,000 points in his career and was inducted into the UC Davis Aggies Athletics HOF (c/o 1995)
  • Started his coaching career at North Adams State (MA), then joined Kelvin Sampson‘s staff at Washington State as a grad assistant
    • Elevated to full-time assistant in 1991 and then followed Sampson to Oklahoma in 1994
    • Was part of six NCAA Tournaments and one NIT in ten years working for Sampson
  • Hired in 1999 to be the head coach at UTEP, leading the Miners for the next three seasons
    • Went 46-46 overall, highlighted by a 23-9 record and NIT berth in his second year (2000-01)
    • Rabedeaux was given a contract extension through 2007 but in 2002 he resigned, citing “personal reasons”
  • After a few years away, he was hired by Tom Crean to be an assistant – and later DBO – at Marquette
    • Went to three more NCAA Tournaments and another NIT at Marquette; left in 2008 when Crean took the Indiana job
  • Went overseas, coaching the Jiangsu Dragons professional team in the Chinese Basketball Association from 2008-10
    • Worked with several other teams, including the Utsunomiya Brex (Japan) and Sichuan Blue Whales (China)
  • Became the head coach of the Saigon Heat, located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in 2012
    • In 2014, Rabedeaux passed away at age 49 in Vietnam due to what his death certificate lists as a traumatic brain injury
    • He had struggled with alcoholism throughout much of his coaching career and had gained a significant amount of weight after a divorce and his move overseas; however, toxicology found that he had been sober when he died
    • Rabedeaux’s former mentor Kelvin Sampson delivered the eulogy at the funeral, which was held in Eau Claire, WI
    • Survived by two sons and one daughter that he had with his ex-wife, Stephanie

Jason Rabedeaux Coaching Tree

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^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only