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BOB RAGER -- Men's Basketball Head Coach

brager@pointpark.edu
(412) 392-3843

24th season at Point Park
Career Record: 323-313 (All at Point Park)
Alma mater: Point Park ('74)


AMC North Coach of the Year -- 2006-07
AMC North Coach of the Year -- 2004-05
NAIA Tournament appearances -- 1996-97, 2000-01, 2006-07
 

Bob Rager is the all-time winningest coach at his alma mater, Point Park University.     The 2012-13 season is his 24th year as head coach of the Pioneers. Rager took over the Point Park program for the 1989-90. Since then, he has amassed a record of 323-313 (.508). In 2010-11, he passed the legendary Jerry Conboy for the all-time lead in career wins at Point Park.

Playing Rager's fast, up-tempo style of play that is focused on high scoring, Point Park has been one of the highest scoring teams in the country during Rager’s tenure. Point Park has been at the top of the NAIA scoring charts for much of the last decade.

The Pioneers have ranked in the top five of NAIA Division II in scoring in five of the last seven years. That stretch includes leading the country in scoring in back-to-back years in 2005-06 (89.94 ppg) and 2006-07 (92.94 ppg) and again last year in 2011-12 (88.6 ppg). The Pioneers ranked third in the country in 2007-08 (88.29) and they were fifth in 2010-11 (87.8 ppg).

Rager's time at Point Park includes leading the Pioneers to the NAIA national tournament three times and being named American Mideast Conference Coach of the Year two times. Rager's best accomplishment as head coach at Point Park is a trip to the NAIA Divsion I Final Four in 1996-97. He also led the Pioneers to the NAIA DI Sweet 16 in 2000-01. Point Park was 29-1 to earn the No. 3 overall seed in 2006-07, but was upset in the first round.

Under Rager, Point Park has made the postseason 20 of the past 23 seasons. That includes conference championship in 1996-97 and 2006-07.  Rager has been named Coach of the Year on two occasions. He was AMC Coach of the Year in 2006-07 and 2004-05.

Rager has the second-most wins of any four-year college basketball coach in the City of Pittsburgh. The all-time leader in that category is Pitt coach Dr. H.C. ‘Doc’ Carlson, who had a record of 367-248 in 31 years from 1922-53. Next on the list is Duquesne’s Charles ‘Chick’ Davies, who compiled a mark of 314-106 in 21 years from 1925-43 and 1947-48. Conboy now stands fourth with a record of 305-241 in 20 years from 1969-89.

Rager's 323 career wins at Point Park surpassed Conboy, who won 305 games in 20 years from 1969-89. Rager got his record 306th win Jan. 27, 2011 in a 90-80 victory over nationally ranked #18 Malone. In its 45-year history, Point Park men's basketball has had just four head coaches. Rager and Conboy have combined to coach the last 43 seasons. Rager was an NAIA All-American guard playing for Conboy from 1970-74 and later was an assistant under Conboy.

The Pioneers won the AMC championship in 2006-07. That year, Point Park earned a trip to the NAIA Division II tournament after winning 29 of their first 30 games. Although Point Park lost in the first round, it set a record for wins in a season with a final record of 29-2 and scoring average at 92.9 ppg. Also, the Pioneers set a record for consecutive victories by winning 20 games in a row.

Rager has guided the Pioneers to three 20-win seasons, with each of those resulting in a NAIA national tournament appearance. Since 2000, Point Park is averaging 16 wins per season under Rager.

The 2006-07 season marked the second straight AMC North Division title for the Pioneers, and they ended the season with a No. 3 ranking in the final NAIA Division II poll to set a school record for highest spot in the national ratings.

A native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Munhall, Pa., Rager was Point Park's first All-American, and he is one of a dozen players who have scored more than 1,000 career points. Rager scored 1,071 career points, and his 367 career assists rank sixth in school history. In his four-year career he averaged 12.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Rager shot 43 percent from the field.


BOB RAGER'S YEAR-BY-YEAR RECORDS AT POINT PARK

YEAR           OVERALL         CONF.         PCT.

2011-12             13-12           6-6          .520

2010-11             15-12           9-9          .555

2009-10               9-16          5-11          .360

2008-09             12-16            4-9          .429

2007-08             16-12            6-4          .571

2006-07               29-2            9-1          .935

2005-06               17-8          10-4          .680

2004-05             15-15            7-7          .500

2003-04             14-13            5-9          .519

2002-03             11-13            6-6          .458

2001-02             19-10          12-6          .655

2000-01             21-12          13-5          .636

1999-00               4-23          3-15          .148

1998-99               9-14            NA          .391

1997-98             14-12            8-4          .538

1996-97               23-8            8-4          .741

1995-96             13-15            7-5          .464

1994-95               9-19            5-7          .320

1993-94             13-13            6-7          .500

1992-93             18-10            6-4          .600

1991-92               8-21            1-9          .276

1990-91             12-16            7-5          .429

1989-90               9-21            5-9          .300

TOTAL          323-313   148-146          .508

*Note:  The 1998-99 season was Point Park's first year in the AMC. The Pioneers were not eligible for a conference record until the 1999-2000 season.