Former UTEP head coach Jason Rabedeaux has passed away this morning after an undisclosed accident according to a release from the ASEAN Basketball League where Rabedeaux was coaching the Saigon Heat based in Vietnam.
Rabs came to UTEP in 1999 to replace the legendary Don Haskins until he resigned before the start of the 2002 season. Under Rabedeaux UTEP posted 46 wins, and he earned WAC coach of the Year by Sporting News and The Houston Chronicle
Before his stint at UTEP he was an assistant under Kelvin Sampson at Oklahoma, recruiting the likes of future NBA veteran Eduardo Najera, and is highly credited with the recruiting efforts that led Oklahoma to the 2002 Final Four.
Before his pro-coaching stint in Asia began in 2012 Rabedeaux was an assistant at Marquette as well as manning the role of director of basketball operations there at Marquette.
Rabedeaux was 49 years old and took over at UTEP at just age 34.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and close loved ones as we are all shocked, and sad about this loss.