Randy Rahe announces retirement after sixteen years at Weber State
The longest-tenured coach in the Big Sky, Weber State‘s Randy Rahe, announced his retirement from coaching on Monday afternoon. Rahe had been the Wildcats’ leader since 2006, going 316-191 overall and reaching three NCAA Tournaments during his tenure.
“More than being the winningest coach in Weber State and Big Sky Conference history, Randy Rahe has exemplified running a program with integrity,” University President Dr. Brad Mortensen said in a statement. “With Coach Rahe at the helm, we have always held our heads high. On behalf of the university, I sincerely want to thank Randy for being a model coach and the contributions he’s made to Wildcat basketball and all of Weber State.”
Prior to arriving at Weber in 2006, Rahe spent 18 years as an assistant coach with tenures at Utah, Utah State, Colorado State, Denver, Colorado and D-III Colorado College. He also spent three years as the head boys’ basketball coach at Stratton Senior HS (CO).
“Randy Rahe’s impact and legacy at Weber State and our men’s basketball program cannot be overstated,” said WSU AD Tim Crompton. “He has been an outstanding coach and has also impacted the lives of hundreds of young men in a positive manner away from the game of basketball. His passion, dedication, loyalty, and genuineness have made him a pillar in the community. His record speaks for itself and we thank him for his time here and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.”
Among the many highlights of Rahe’s career was the recruitment and development of NBA star Damian Lillard, who in 2012 became the first player in program history to be drafted in the first round (6th overall by Portland).
Next in line at Weber State is Eric Duft (more here), who was one of Rahe’s first hires back in 2006 and has been with the program ever since, the last thirteen years as associate head coach.
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