OGDEN — In a self-deprecating way typical of Randy Rahe press conferences, the 13-year head coach so began a reflection of his career Thursday after completing his 400th game at Weber State.
“It means I’m getting old,” Rahe said.
Before Rahe, no coach had led Weber State for more than 310 games (Neil McCarthy, 1975-85). In 2006 when he was hired, it seemed unlikely Rahe ever felt his career would be what it has.
“I did not think I was going to get the job,” he said Thursday. “My wife made me apply. I wasn’t going to apply because I said, ‘There’s a lot of qualified candidates, it’s a really good basketball job.’ She made me apply for the job. Thank God she did.”
In the 400 games since, he coached the Wildcats to a record of 257-143 (.643) overall and 157-54 (.744) in Big Sky play. Both win totals are tops all-time in conference history.
Rahe spoke at length regarding his appreciation for his job.
“I’ve been extremely fortunate to be the head coach here ... It’s been a blessing. We love it here. I’ve been treated so well by the community, the administration, everybody,” he said.
“It’s an honor to be the coach here. It’s something I don’t take lightly at all. And I love it. I love being here, I love the kinds of kids we get to coach. I love the community that I get to live in. It’s my kind of place. It’s a blue-collar place and I’m a blue-collar farm boy, so it’s been a good fit.
“I’m just glad they’ve allowed me to coach this long and hopefully I can coach a lot longer. I’ve got a lot more years to go. It’s been a great experience for us. My family loves it and so do I,” he concluded.
Rahe, 58, is currently under contract through the 2023-24 season. In 2016, he told the Standard-Examiner why he felt coaching Weber State was a coveted job.
“I have a pretty damn good job if we do what we’re supposed to,” he said then. “We want to be in a position to challenge for a conference championship every year, and jobs like that are hard to come by.”