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College basketball coaching changes 2022 tracker, carousel: Weber State’s Randy Rahe retires,

The most recent movement: Rahe’s retirement means there have been 60 coaching changes in 2022


The winningest coach in Big Sky history is retiring. 

Randy Rahe, 61, has decided to step away from coaching. The school announced the move Monday. Rahe spent the past 16 seasons running Weber State’s men’s basketball program, amassing a 316-191 record. He has more victories in men’s basketball than any other coach in conference history; the Big Sky has existed since 1963.

“More than being the winningest coach in Weber State and Big Sky Conference history, Randy Rahe has exemplified running a program with integrity,” Weber State president Dr. Brad Mortensen said. “With Coach Rahe at the helm, we have always held our heads high. On behalf of the university, I sincerely want to thank Randy for being a model coach and the contributions he’s made to Wildcat basketball and all of Weber State.”

Rahe’s best player was, of course, Damian Lillard, who spent four seasons with the Wildcats. Lillard was the sixth pick of the 2012 NBA Draft and has built a Hall of Fame-level career since. He wasn’t the only player to get drafted out of Weber State under Rahe: Joel Bolomboy was a second round pick in 2016.

Rahe will be succeeded by his chief assistant, Eric Duft, who spent the past 16 seasons as a WSU assistant. 

Previously: Evansville fired Todd Lickliter after three seasons and a 15-53 record. The change came later than expected, but this was rumored dating back to March. The reason for the delay was the school needing to hire an athletic director. That became official on April 21. A little more than two weeks later, Lickliter were fired. A replacement is expected to be named in the coming week. 

This 2022 cycle wound up being a lot busier in the coaching ranks than anyone expected. It might take a little time to get used to all these new faces in such high-profile faces. Here is an extensive recap on all coaching movement in men’s hoops this spring.

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