Josh Rabe to take on Athletic Director position

Head baseball coach Josh Rabe, will replace former Athletic Director Marty Bell, as the new AD of Quincy University starting June 1, 2021. 

From college player to professional competitor to QU head coach, Josh Rabe will tackle the new position of Athletic Director for the Hawks after finishing the year out as head baseball coach.

Josh Rabe was a lead player for the Quincy University Hawks baseball team from 1998 to 2000. Freshman year Rabe received the honor of GLVC Freshman of the year and then the following year was acknowledged as the GLVC Player of the Year. Rabe played for the Hawks for two years before being drafted in the majors. 

Now entering his eleventh year, Rabe is rounding third in his final season as head coach. 

“I am not leaving quite yet; I still have another season with the boys,” Rabe said.

Quincy athletics was in search of a new AD after Marty Bell transferred universities. This search was not taken lightly but the decision was not hard.

“I like challenges and this is a new challenge in my professional career. It is something that I am eager to take on and eager to learn about for the advancement of Quincy University, ” Rabe said.

Many know Rabe as the head coach. Fellow colleagues and department head coaches are eager to see what he can do in building Quincy into the best it can be.

“I’m looking forward to working with Josh Rabe in his new position as Athletic Director at Quincy University.  His experience as a player, coach, and his love for QU will help elevate this department to new levels of success,” head women’s volleyball coach Mark Jones said.

While exploring his way from coach to AD, Rabe will be pushed to take Quincy athletics to new highs. Continuing to grow and expand the opportunities for all student-athletes on campus is an important step for QU athletics. With a 75% student-athlete rate on campus, appropriate accommodations and experiences are emphasized.  

“I think that all of our students here at Quincy University deserve a good experience. Whether that’s wins and loses, whether that’s an academic experience, or whether that’s the friendships you build. I want to continue that tradition and expand on it,” Rabe said.   

Anxious to start his new journey as AD, Rabe is feeling major support from his current Quincy baseball players.

“I think Josh will do an exceptional job as our new Athletic Director. With everything he has done with the baseball program from winning to fundraising, the man is second to none. I know he can bring that to all the athletic programs here at Quincy,” current hawks baseball player Lance Logsdon said.

With baseball season right around the corner, Rabe is narrow-focused in making this year just as important and even more successful than years past. As he leaves behind a player legacy and an eleven-year head coach empire, Rabe will be the furthest thing from gone. 

Hanging up the hat and heading for home, Josh Rabe is saying goodbye to only baseball and hello to every sport.

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