KEN RAUBA


COACH


YEAR OF INDUCTION: 2010



He was inspirational and charismatic. He was, most of all, a winner. From 1976-82, Ken Rauba coached the Steinert baseball team and used everything at his disposal to get the most out of his talent. Most importantly, he got his players to believe. It was not wasted energy.

In 1978, Rauba guided Steinert to a 20-4 record and the NJSIAA Group IV title the first state baseball championship in school history. The 20 wins were a school record until 1980, when that team went 22-5 and won Central Jersey Group IV. Both of those teams won the Mercer County Tournament and Rauba was named Coach of the Year in 1980.

A social studies teacher at Steinert, from 1971-75 Rauba was an assistant football coach and JV baseball coach. In his third season at the helm of the varsity baseball team, Rauba kept a talented squad from getting discouraged after a 4-3 start. "Whatever it takes" became the motto.

In 1983, Rauba became the first baseball coach at newly-opened Nottingham. Since retiring from education in 2002, he has remained active in swimming and is program director for Pheasant Run Swim Club, one of the largest USA Swimming affiliates in the Middle Atlantic Region.

Nearly three decades removed from Steinert, Rauba still remains a Spartan.

"I continue to stay in touch with the teachers and coaches from my years at Steinert, many of which have been lifelong friends," he said. "I consider my induction to the Steinert Hall of Fame the highest honor I have ever received in athletics."


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