The 2016-17 season marked the 11th season for Randy Rahe as the head coach of the Weber State men’s basketball program. Rahe is Weber State’s all-time winningest coach and is the Big Sky Conference’s career leader in conference wins.
In his 11 seasons at Weber State, Rahe has led the Wildcats to five Big Sky titles and nine postseason tournament appearances, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament. He is also the first coach in Big Sky Conference history to be named conference Coach of the Year four times and has coached six Big Sky MVP’s in his 11 seasons at Weber State. He has also had two players drafted in the NBA, including two-time NBA All-Star Damian Lillard.
Rahe has a career record of 228-126 (.644) in his 11 seasons with the Wildcats and is 141-49 (.742) in Big Sky games. The 228 wins are the most in Weber State history and the second most in Big Sky history and the 141 wins are the most conference wins in Big Sky history.
During the past season, Rahe led the Wildcats to another 20-win season, his seventh 20-win season in his 11 seasons at Weber State. The Wildcats posted a 12-6 conference record and advanced to the championship game of the Big Sky Tournament. WSU also advanced to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Rahe coached Jeremy Senglin to First Team All-Conference and All-District honors. Senglin made the most 3-pointers of any player in the country this season and finished his career as Weber State’s all-time leading scorer and the Big Sky’s career leader in 3-pointers.
Rahe has had great success at the Dee Events Center, amassing a career record of 137-25 (.846) at home. He also has an incredible 83-12 (.874) home record in Big Sky regular season games. In 2013-14, WSU set a Big Sky record with 27 straight conference regular season home victories. The Wildcats have led the Big Sky in attendance for seven straight seasons and have had and one of the best attendances of any school in the western United States. Weber State finished the season in the top 100 in the nation in attendance for the seventh straight year.
During the 2015-16 season, Rahe led the Wildcats to a 26-9 season that included a Big Sky regular season title and the conference postseason tournament championship. Weber State also made its second trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last three years. Rahe coached Joel Bolomboy to Big Sky MVP and Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as Jeremy Senglin to first team All-Big Sky honors. Bolomboy was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz.
In 2014-15, the Wildcats finished 13-17 overall and were 8-10 in Big Sky play, with just one senior on the roster. The Wildcats advanced to the Big Sky Conference Tournament for the ninth straight season.
During the 2013-14 season, Rahe led the Wildcats to a 19-12 overall record. WSU finished 14-6 in Big Sky play and won the conference tournament for the fourth time in the last eight years. It was Weber State’s 21st Big Sky title in 51 seasons of conference play. Weber State also hosted and won the conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time. The Wildcats fell by nine points to Arizona in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to being named Big Sky Coach of the Year for a record four times, Rahe has also been a finalist for the Skip Prosser Award, honoring the nation’s head coaches who also exhibit strong moral character.
Rahe has coached 29 Big Sky All-Conference performers and 21 Big Sky Academic All-Conference performers in his team with the Wildcats. The Wildcats have won 10 or more conference wins in nine of his 10 seasons at Weber State.
Rahe has coached five players to Big Sky MVP honors six times, including Joel Bolomboy in 2016. Bolomboy joined Davion Berry in 2014, Damian Lillard, who won the award in 2010 and 2012, Kellen McCoy and David Patten as MVP’s under coach Rahe’s watch.
He recruited and coached Lillard to All-American status in 2012, the first player in Big Sky history to be named to an All-American team. Lillard is second in Weber State history in career scoring and career 3-pointers and is the school’s all-time leader in free throws and free throw percentage. Lillard went on to be the first player in Weber State history to be drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft when he was selected sixth overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2012 NBA Draft. He was named Rookie of the Year in 2013 and named to the NBA All-Star team in 2014 and 2015.
A native of Bancroft, Iowa, Rahe was named the ninth coach in Weber State history in March 2006. In his first season as head coach, with just three returning players from the previous season, Rahe put together a squad of newcomers and began the process of restoring the winning tradition of Wildcat basketball. That season he surpassed all expectations, leading the Wildcats to a 20-12 record and a tie for the Big Sky Conference regular-season title. The Wildcats then won the postseason conference tournament and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. In the 2007-08 season Rahe led the Wildcats to a 16-14 overall record and a third place finish in the Big Sky. During the 2008-09 season, Weber State finished 15-1 in Big Sky Conference play and won the conference regular season title. WSU became the first Big Sky team ever to finish 8-0 on the road in conference action. WSU senior Kellen McCoy was named the Big Sky MVP.
In the 2009-10 season the Wildcats had another strong year where they repeated as Big Sky champions. WSU posted a 20-11 overall record and a 13-3 mark in Big Sky play. Lillard, a sophomore that season, was honored as the Big Sky MVP. WSU advanced to the NIT for the second-straight season, losing at Cincinnati in the first round.
The 2010-11 season was another outstanding coaching job by Rahe. Despite losing Lillard to a season-ending injury just nine games into the season, the Wildcats still managed to post a season record of 18-14 and make a run at the Big Sky title. They also finished 11-5 in the Big Sky, taking third in the league standings. After starting the Big Sky season with a pair of road losses, the Wildcats won 11 of their next 13 league games to get into a fight for the league title. WSU beat Eastern Washington in the first round of the conference tournament, before losing in the semifinals of the tournament. The ‘Cats also advanced to the College Basketball Invitational where they lost to Oregon in the first round. Two players (Scott Bamforth and Kyle Bullinger) earned First Team Big Sky All-Conference honors.
During the 2011-12 season, Weber State posted a 25-7 overall record and a 14-2 record in Big Sky Conference play and again advanced to postseason play where the Wildcats won a first round game in the collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Weber State also led the nation in free throw percentage at 81.4 percent, the single-best team percentage in the history of the Big Sky Conference. WSU also set a school record for three-point field goals made.
The season was highlighted by the play of Lillard who became and All-American, District VIII Player of the Year, and Big Sky MVP as he put together perhaps the greatest season in school history, finishing second in the nation in scoring at 24.5 points per game. Lillard set a school record for single-season points with 784, the third most points in Big Sky history and became the first player in the history of the conference to earn All-American honors. He was also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, John Wooden Award and Oscar Robertson Award.
After losing Lillard to the NBA, Rahe led the Wildcats to a historic season in 2012-13 as the Wildcats won a Big Sky record 30 games, the first time in conference history to do so. WSU finished the year 30-7 overall and won a record 18 Big Sky games and advanced to postseason play for the fifth straight season. WSU also became the first team in Big Sky history to advance to the championship game of a national postseason tournament where they lost to East Carolina in the championship game of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament. The Wildcats also set a school record with 17 home wins and tied a school record with 11 road wins.
During the season, the Wildcats were the best shooting team in the country, finishing first in the nation in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage. The ‘Cats also finished in the top 10 in the nation in four other categories and were one of just eight teams in the nation to win 30 games during the season. Davion Berry, Scott Bamforth, Kyle Tresnak and Frank Otis all earned Big Sky All-Conference honors. Coach Rahe was also honored as the 2013 Utah Sportsperson of the Year by the Utah/Idaho Chapter of the National M.S. Society.
Rahe was a two-sport athlete at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa as a point guard on the men’s basketball team and a shortstop on the baseball team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1982. He began his coaching career on the high school level in Colorado. During his tenure as the head coach at Stratton High School (1985-88) he was twice named District Coach of the Year leading his teams to district and league championships in 1986, 1987 and 1988. His teams posted an overall mark of 54-17, earning two third-place finishes in state tournaments.
Rahe got his first taste of coaching on the collegiate level in 1988-89, when he joined the staff at Colorado College as an assistant. He went on to serve as an assistant at the University of Colorado (1989-90) and the University of Denver (1990-91) before beginning his long association with Stew Morrill at Colorado State and Utah State.
Following Morrill to Utah State, Rahe was part of an Aggie staff which, in six seasons, helped the team compile a 143-48 record, winning five Big West Conference championships, earn three appearances in the NCAA Tournament with a first round win over Ohio State and two NIT berths. In his last season (2003-04) at USU, the Aggies were ranked as high as 19th in the nation. From Utah State Rahe went to the University of Utah in 2004-05 where he would spend the next two seasons as an assistant coach under Ray Giacoletti. In his first season with the Utes, Utah finished 29-6, won the Mountain West Championship, and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. They were led that season by Andrew Bogut who earned National Player of the Year honors and went on to become the first pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
Rahe was born June 12, 1960. He and his wife Laura are the parents of two sons, Luke and Kade. Laura is a women’s basketball official in the Mountain West, WAC and West Coast Conferences.