Norm Rathje

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Norm Rathje
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Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1936-04-27)April 27, 1936
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Died December 9, 2011(2011-12-09) (aged 75)
Lincolnshire, Illinois
Playing career
1953–1956 Dubuque
Position(s) fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1967–1968 North Park
Head coaching record
Overall 9–9
College Football Data Warehouse

Norman Lee Rathje was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at North Park University from 1967 to 1968.

Playing career[edit]

Rathje played college football at the University of Dubuque as a fullback. He earned all-conference honors while with the program.[1] While at Dubuque he also participated on the schools wrestling team[2] and on the track & field squad in the shot put and discus throw.[3] The University honored him by placing him in their "Athletic Hall of Fame" in 1989.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Rathje was the head football coach at the North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. He held that position for the 1967 and 1968 seasons.[5] His coaching record at North Park was 9–9 . As of the conclusion of the 2012 season, this ranks him fourth at North Park in total wins and second at the school in winning percentage (.500).[6][7]

While at North Park, he coached his team to a 100+ point game, defeating North Central College by a score of 104–32[8] on October 12, 1968.[9]


Rathje died of cancer in 2011 at Lincolnshire, Illinois.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Spartans Seek 3rd". The Telegraph-Herald. November 3, 1955. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "U of D Matmen Tip Duhawks". The Telegraph-Herald. February 22, 1957. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Spartans Seek Repeat in Conference Relays". The Telegraph-Herald. April 19, 1956. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Athletic Hall of Fame". University of Dubuque. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ Shafer, Ian. "North Park University (All seasons results)". College Football Reference. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ DeLassus, David. "North Park Vikings". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "All-time football records". North Park Vikings. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ "College Game Ends 104–32". Schenectady Gazette. October 24, 1968. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ DeLassus, David. "Norm Rathje coaching records game-by-game (1968)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Norm Rathje (obituary)". Chicago Tribune. December 13, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ Brooks, John (January 2, 2012). "Norm Rathje, Former NP Football Coach remembered". North Park University. Retrieved November 5, 2013.