The 2013-14 season marked the eighth year for Randy Rahe as head coach of the Weber State men’s basketball team. In eight seasons with the Wildcats, Rahe has led Weber State to four Big Sky Championships and seven postseason tournament appearances, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament. He is the first coach in Big Sky Conference history to be named conference Coach of the Year four times and has coached five Big Sky MVP’s in his eight seasons with the Wildcats.
Rahe has a career record of 169-86 (.663) in his career with the Wildcats and is 106-30 (.779) in Big Sky games. He now ranks second in conference history in career victories and is just the third coach in conference history to win 100 Big Sky games. His Big Sky winning percentage of .779 ranks as the third best all-time and his 169 overall wins is the fifth most of any coach in the Big Sky.
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 fourth time, Rahe was named a finalist for the Skip Prosser Award, honoring the nation’s head coaches who also exhibit strong moral character.
Rahe has coached 25 Big Sky All-Conference performers and 21 Big Sky Academic All-Conference performers in his team with the Wildcats. He has led WSU to 10 or more wins in conference play in all eight seasons at the helm, a Big Sky record.
Weber State senior Davion Berry was named the 2014 Big Sky MVP, and was the fifth time in eight years coach Rahe has had the conference MVP. Berry joined Damian Lillard, who won the award in 2010 and 2012, David Patten and Kellen McCoy 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.
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.
In eight seasons, Rahe has a career record of 106-15 (.876) at home and is an incredible 63-5 (.926) at home in Big Sky regular season games. Last season, WSU set a Big Sky record with 27 straight conference regular season home victories. During the season the Wildcats also averaged 6,834 fans, by far the best average in the Big Sky and one of the best in the western United States. It was also the school’s best attendance average in 17 seasons.
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.