Randy Rahe not ‘looking to leave’ Weber State, refutes report of UTEP interview

March 11, 2018

OGDEN — With many college basketball teams searching for new head coaches, the El Paso Times reported Wednesday that Weber State head coach Randy Rahe was one of seven interviewed for UTEP’s opening.

But the 12-year WSU head coach says he’s not looking to leave Ogden.

“I have not talked to UTEP. I have not interviewed at UTEP,” Rahe told the Standard-Examiner on Saturday. “The only thing that’s happened is that the search committee that’s representing UTEP contacted my representative. Since then ... nothing’s happened.”


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A number of outlets, including the  Fort Collins Coloradoan  and the Loveland Reporter-Herald, have mentioned Rahe as a potential option to lead Colorado State’s men’s basketball team. Rahe worked as an assistant under Stew Morrill for the Rams from 1991-98.

Rahe said he’s not had contact with Colorado State.

As a successful mid-major coach, his name occasionally circulates among lists of potential candidates and rumors for coaching jobs over his 12 seasons at Weber State, but Rahe said he’s made no efforts to actively look for another job.

“I’ve never, ever been looking to leave Weber State. We’ve had quite a few opportunities in the past that have come up and we’ve looked at some situations, but my whole focus is here,” Rahe said.

“I’ve got a long-term contract. We love it here. It’s been a wonderful place for me and my family. The people, the community and the university have been so good to me and my family. I love being a basketball coach at Weber State.”

Two years ago, Rahe signed an eight-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season amid similar overtures from other schools.

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At the time, Weber State athletic director Jerry Bovee acknowledged Rahe has been contacted multiple times about other jobs during his tenure in Ogden.

“He’s been approached a number of times, and it’s something I expect. I think it’s a good thing, it means he’s effective where he is now,” Bovee said in 2016.

Rahe has an overall record of 228-127, the wins representing the most all-time at WSU and in the Big Sky Conference. He has led the Wildcats to three NCAA tournament berths and five Big Sky regular-season titles. He is also a four-time Big Sky Coach of the Year.

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