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
Statistics

Norman Lee Rathje (April 27, 1936 – December 9, 2011) 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]

Death[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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" (PDF). 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.