Weber State men’s basketball coach Randy Rahe retires after 16 seasons, 316 wins with Wildcats
Longtime Weber State men’s basketball head coach Randy Rahe, the Wildcats’ all-time winning leader, is retiring after 16 seasons, the school announced Monday.
Assistant coach Eric Duft, who spent all 16 seasons under Rahe, will take over as head coach.
Rahe has been in charge of the Wildcats since 2006, when he was named to replace Joe Cravens. He led Weber State to five Big Sky regular season titles and three NCAA tournament appearances, going 316-191 during his time with the Wildcats. Rahe’s 316 wins are the most in school history and Big Sky Conference history, while his 198 league wins are also the most in conference history.
He had two players selected in the NBA draft, including Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard. Lillard won Big Sky Player of the Year honors twice and was named a third-team All-American in 2012.
“In addition to being the winningest coach in Weber State and Big Sky Conference history, Randy Rahe exemplified running a program with integrity,” said Weber State President Dr. Brad Mortensen. “With Coach Rahe at the helm, we have always held our heads up high. On behalf of the university, I sincerely want to thank Randy for being a role model coach and the contributions he has made to Wildcat basketball and the the whole Weber State.”
Prior to taking over at Weber State, Rahe spent time as an assistant coach at Utah, Utah State, Colorado State, Denver and Colorado.
Duft, Rahe’s replacement, was hired by Rahe in 2006 and was promoted to associate head coach three years later.
“We are thrilled to have Coach Duft begin his tenure as head coach at Weber State,” athletic director Tim Crompton said. “His high character and passion for the game bodes well for building the next phase of success and championships at Weber State.”