Weber State A.D. expects coach Randy Rahe to get offers but stay
NCAA West Region • Jerry Bovee says it’s part of the territory with a “marketable coach.”
Published: March 21, 2014 10:11PM
Updated: March 21, 2014 11:04PM
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Weber State head coach Randy Rahe directs his players during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Arizona Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego • It happens every spring.

College basketball coaches are fired. College basketball coaches are hired.

For an athletic director like Weber State’s Jerry Bovee, it can be a difficult period as schools needing of a new coach start looking around and see the credentials of the Wildcats’ Randy Rahe.

“It’s something I’ve gotten used to,” Bovee said. “He’s a marketable coach.”

At this point, no school has asked for permission to contact Rahe.

As the coaching carousel begins turning, however, it’s possible that will change.

“Ultimately, I don’t get calls about people who aren’t productive, and he is,” Bovee said. “So I anticipate every year somebody will be interested. Who wouldn’t be interested in a coach like Randy Rahe?”

In eight seasons, Rahe has guided Weber State to a record of 169-87, including Friday’s 68-59 loss to Arizona in the NCAA Tournament.

Under Rahe, the Wildcats have won four Big Sky Conference championships. His regular-season league record is 106-30.

“The great thing is he’s at our place right now and he’s a smart guy,” Bovee said. “He’ll make good decisions. … I anticipate he’ll be at Weber State as long as he wants to be there. There’s an environment here — a culture — where he can be successful. Always.”

Davion Berry ends a stellar stint in Ogden

Weber’s Davion Berry finished his two-year career at Weber State as the No. 15 scorer in school history.

Berry scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half in the loss to Arizona. He finished with 1,160 points after transferring from Cal State-Monterey.

“I’m just glad to be part of Weber and part of the Weber State family,” Berry said after his final college game. “Now I have to hand it over to my young brothers and let them take care of it.”

Berry is from Oakland.

His longtime connection to former Wildcat star Damian Lillard helped lure him to Weber State.

“We’ve been together since we were young — since AAU days, club ball days [and] high school,” Berry said. “It was a big reason why I decided to transfer. I talked to him about going to Weber State, so Weber State had an edge right there.”