Men’s Basketball Coach Profile
Lee Rabas begins his fourth season with the UW-Fox Men’s Basketball program after leading the Cyclones to another successful season in 2011-2012. The Cyclone men finished the 2011-2012 season with a 22-3 record, 11-1 in the WCC-East. In the process the UW-Fox men won their second straight WCC-East title, a first in school history.
In three seasons at the helm Rabas has led the Cyclones to a 70-10 record, 32-4 in the WCC-East. Besides last year’s accomplishments, the 2009-2010 Cyclones made an appearance in the last WJCAA (disbanded in the spring of 2010) State Championship Game, which was only their second appearance in the 35 year history of the tournament. They also finished second in the WCC-East with a 10-2 record. The programs best division record since at least 2002.
The 2010-2011 team finished the year 26-1. They beat host UW-Waukesha 64-59 in the WCC tournament championship game. They won the WCC-East title that season with an 11-1 record.
For his efforts Coach Rabas has been named the WCC-East coach of the year in each of his three seasons. In addition he has also been honored by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association as the Junior College coach of the year in both 2010 and 2011.
Coach Rabas is no stranger to basketball in the Fox Valley area. Before arriving at UW-Fox he spent 12 years coaching at Xavier High School and Lawrence University, both in Appleton. As the head boys basketball coach at Xavier he led the Hawks to a 103-56 record over seven seasons dating from 1997-2004. During that time his teams captured two conference championships, finished in 2nd place three times, and finished the 1998 season as the WISAA state runners-up. Thanks to his 1997-98 team's efforts he was named the Post-Crescent high school coach of the year. He was also instrumental in Xavier renaming its gym in honor of former coach Gene "Torchy" Clark.
Before taking the reigns of the Cyclones program in June of 2009, Rabas spent five years as an assistant coach at Lawrence University under John Tharp and Joel DePagter. The Vikings were a national power during that time posting a 99-27 record, capturing four Midwest Conference Championships, earning four post-season berths in the NCAA DIII men's basketball tournament, and consistently being ranked in the D3Hoops.com top 25. In 2005-06 the Vikings posted the greatest season in school history when they finished 25-1, spent the last month of the season as the #1 ranked team in the country, and advanced to the Sweet 16 under the legendary Tharp, who is the winningest coach in LU history. In his last year at LU (2008-09) the Vikings lost at the buzzer in the opening round of the NCAA DIII tournament to eventual champion Washington (MO) University.
Before his stint at Xavier High School, Rabas served as an assistant coach for seven years at four different schools including La Crosse Aquinas H.S., La Crosse Logan H.S., UW-La Crosse, and Neenah H.S. He has worked and run basketball camps throughout the state and midwest for 22 years, serves on the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association executive board, and is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
A graduate of Kewaunee (WI) High School (1989), Rabas is an elementary (K-5) wellness education instructor in the Neenah Joint School District. His bachelor of science degree is from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he graduated in 1994 with highest honors. He also holds an M.S. degree in Physical Education from UWL (2002). Rabas, his wife Dawn, and their two children live in Appleton.
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Where Coach Rabas has been:
1991-92 La Crosse Aquinas HS / Assistant Coach
1992-94 La Crosse Logan HS / Assistant Coach
1994-96 UW-La Crosse / Assistant Coach
1996-97 Neenah HS / Assistant Coach
1997-04 Xavier HS / Head Boys Basketball Coach
2004-09 Lawrence University / Men’s Assistant Basketball Coach
2009-Present UW-Fox Valley