Curtis Rabe has been the head coach of the Florida Southern water ski teams since 2015, and led the program to a second-place finish at the National Collegiate Water Ski Association (NCWSA) Championships in his first season. The performance marked FSC's highest-ever finish at the annual event as both the men's and women's teams combined for 11,965 points.
In addition, Rabe saw two of his skiers earn top five finishes at the 2015 National Championships. Thibault Dailand earned the nod as the top overall male skier by placing second in the slalom, fourth in the jumps and fifth in the tricks competitions. Lauren Morgan finished fifth overall on the women's side and was the top performer in the jumps competition.
Prior to its finish at the 2015 NCWSA National Championships, Florida Southern finished a close second to the University of Alabama at the NCWSA East Regional. The Mocs also topped Rollins College in their lone dual-competition of the year in 2015.
Rabe brings nearly three decades of experience to Florida Southern. He has served as a judge and event official throughout the state of Florida, including time as the chief official/judge at the NCWSA's regional and national tournaments and the Collegiate All-Star Tournament.
He also brings an impressive competitive background to the program. Rabe currently competes at the national and regional levels, and was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. Team at the 2014 Water Ski World Championships. He has competed for the United States in competitions around the world, including Canada, China, France, Germany and Mexico.
Rabe also spent 10 years (1995-2005) as the coach of the Minnesota Water Ski Federation Junior Development program and is currently involved with SteamRoller Productions Ski Show Troup, which produces ski shows for special events throughout Florida.
A 1981 graduate of Auburn University, Rabe earned his masters from the University of Central Florida in 1989.