Randy Rahe Selected as Big Sky Coach of the Year

Randy Rahe Selected as Big Sky Coach of the Year

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Weber State's Randy Rahe has been selected the 2006-07 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year in a vote by the league coaches.

Rahe did a masterful job in his first season at Weber State, leading the Wildcats to a 20-win season, a co-regular season championship, a postseason championship, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Rahe took over a Weber State squad that won just 10 games in 2005-06. Just two players who saw game action for the Wildcats in ‘05-06 returned to the team. Rahe added 12 new players, including eight junior college transfers. Weber State became just the second team in league history to win the regular-season championship a season after finishing last.

Weber State finished second at the Top of the World Classic in December in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Wildcats entered conference season with a 7-6 record, and went 11-5 in conference play. The Wildcats gained the No. 1 seed, earning hosting rights to the conference tournament. Weber State beat Portland State in the semifinals, and topped No. 2 Northern Arizona in the championship game.

Weber State (20-11) gained a No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and will face No. 2 seed UCLA in a first-round game on Thursday in Sacramento, Calif.

Weber State finished second in the Big Sky in scoring defense (69.2 points per game), and first in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.317). The Wildcats shot 49.3 percent from the field, and 39.8 percent from 3-point range.

Senior David Patten was named the regular-season and postseason MVP.

Rahe was a long-time assistant coach prior to accepting the Weber State job on March 23, 2006. Rahe spent 13 seasons at Colorado State and Utah State as an assistant to Stew Morrill. He spent two seasons at Utah as an assistant just before taking the Weber State position. Rahe began his coaching career as a high school coach in Colorado. He was also an assistant coach at the University of Denver, Colorado, and Colorado College.

Rahe is the seventh Weber State coach to garner Coach of the Year honors. Dick Motta claimed the award in 1965. Phil Johnson won it three straight seasons from 1969-71. Gene Visscher won it in 1972 and 1973. Neil McCarthy was Coach of the Year in 1978, 1980 and 1983. Ron Abbegglen won the honor in 1994, 1995 and 1999. Joe Cravens was Coach of the Year in 2003.

Rahe, a native from Bancroft, Iowa, and his wife Laura are the parents of two sons, Luke and Kade.

Rahe's assistant coaches are Eric Duft, Tim Gardner, and Jeff Linder. Johnny Saccomanno serves as director of basketball operations.

(Information from the Big Sky Conference)

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