MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Longtime Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball assistant coach Rev. Wayne Rasmussen peacefully entered eternal life with his family at his side on Sunday, June 3.
"Coach Rasmussen had an impact on athletics well-beyond the men's basketball program," said Director of Athletics Skip Noon. "He played an integral role on the WLC Athletics management group and many of the policies that are in place today should be credited to his leadership. Personally, this is a hard day for me because I learned so much of what it is to be a Christian man from Wayne."
Rasmussen, the second-longest tenured assistant coach under Skip Noon, spent 13 seasons on the bench with the Warriors. His initial 11-year stint on the WLC coaching staff began in 1994 and he later returned for two seasons in 2010. Rasmussen played a pivotal role in the Warriors' six conference championships and the program's winningest season (22-7) during his tenure on the staff. In total, he contributed to 168 victories.
Prior to Wisconsin Lutheran, Rasmussen served as head boys' varsity basketball coach at Martin Luther High School in Greendale and head men's basketball coach at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon.
For 17 years, Rasmussen coached basketball at Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, Ill. His first collegiate assignment followed as he coached three seasons at Concordia College in Seward, Neb. Rasmussen returned to Wisconsin in 1984 to coach for nine seasons at Concordia University. Afterwards, he served two years as an assistant coach at Milwaukee Lutheran High School.
Rasmussen graduated from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in classical languages. He earned his master's degree in education from Concordia University in River Forest, Ill., in 1967.
Visitation will take place at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8 and on Saturday, June 9 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. with a lunch reception to follow.