A highly successful local junior college men’s basketball coach over the past six years, Lee Rabas has been named the head boys basketball coach at Neenah High School.
Rabas, who recently completed his 19th year teaching elementary wellness education in the Neenah Joint School District, served as an assistant coach at Neenah in his first year in 1996-97. Over the past six seasons, he posted a 136-23 record as the head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. He led the Cyclones to three regular season and conference tournament championships and was the league Coach of the Year five times. This past year, he served as UW-Fox Valley’s Director of Athletics.
Rabas also was the head coach for seven seasons at Xavier High School from 1997-2004, compiling a 103-56 record and leading the Hawks to a WISAA state runner-up finish in 1998 and two conference titles. His 13-year record as a head coach is 239-79.
“Coach Rabas brings a wide array of basketball experience to Neenah High School along with a passion and enthusiasm for the game,” Neenah Activities Director Nate Werner said. “We are very excited for our boys basketball players to be able to work with Coach Rabas and look forward to him leading our program.”
He was an assistant coach at Lawrence University from 2004-09 and helped the Vikings win four conference championships while totaling a 99-27 record over the five seasons. Rabas also served as an assistant coach at UW-La Crosse for two seasons after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1994. While in college, he worked as an assistant at La Crosse Aquinas and La Crosse Logan High Schools. He earned a Master’s Degree from UW-La Crosse in 2002.
A Kewaunee native, Rabas serves on the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association executive board and has worked and run basketball camps throughout the Midwest over the past 25 years.
Rabas replaces Scott Bork, who led the Rockets to a 64-12 record over the past three seasons, including a WIAA Division 1 state runner-up finish in 2014.