While the 2007-08 campaign will mark Jason Rabedeaux's fourth year at Marquette, the upcoming season will be his first as director of basketball operations.
In each of the three seasons prior, the coaching veteran served as an assistant coach.
Rabedeaux brings over 15 years of Division I coaching experience, including three as the head coach at UTEP from 1999-2002, to the Marquette men's basketball staff. Rabedeaux's contagious enthusiasm and diligent work ethic helped revitalize the UTEP basketball program. In three years under his direction, the Miners posted 46 victories and in 2000-01, just his second season, earned the program's first post season appearance since 1995 with a berth in the NIT. For his efforts, Rabedeaux was named the WAC Coach of the Year by the Sporting News and Houston Chronicle.
Prior to being named the Miners' head coach in September 1999, Rabedeaux spent ten years on Kelvin Sampson's staffs at Washington State (1989-94) and Oklahoma (1994-99). As Sampson's top assistant and recruiting coordinator, he was an integral part of the program's five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1995 to 1999 and the recruitment of Sooner standouts Eduardo Najera, Aaron McGhee and Hollis Price. Although not a member of that year's staff, Rabedeaux played a big part in recruiting and developing Oklahoma's 2002 Final Four squad.
Before arriving at Washington State, Rabedeaux spent the 1988-89 season as an assistant coach at North Adams State.
As a player, Rabedeaux was a four-year basketball starter at the University of California-Davis from 1984-88 and twice earned All-Conference honors. He concluded his collegiate career as the seventh all-time leading scorer in school history and set records for most three-point field goals made in one season (80), most three-point field goals made in a game (6) and most free throws made in a game (14).
Rabedeaux earned a bachelor's degree in excercise physiology from California-Davis in 1988, and a master's degree in athletic administation from Washington State in 1991.
His family includes sons Beau, 10, and Cole, 8, and daughter Riley, 3.