Ratzlaff resigns as Head Basketball Coach at NAIA Tabor College (KS)

Micah Ratzlaff has resigned his duties as the Tabor head men’s basketball coach, stepping down after 15 years at the helm of the program.

Ratzlaff compiled an overall record of 228-216 and a conference mark of 163-134 over his 15 years leading the Bluejays. That included an undefeated conference record during the 2015-16 season in which they went 20-0.  Ratzlaff guided his teams to a total of four NAIA Men’s National Tournament appearances, including an Elite Eight appearance.

“I would like to thank Tabor College for giving me the opportunity to coach and be a part of influencing young men’s lives for the past 15 years” stated Ratzlaff.  “I have always tried to do things the right way, treat people well, not burn bridges, and fulfill the mission of the college while trying to win games.  It has been a fun ride and my family and I believe it is time to see what else God has in store for us.”

A standout player for Hillsboro High School, Ratzlaff began his collegiate playing career at Oral Roberts University.  After two seasons with the Golden Eagles, Ratzlaff returned home to complete his playing career with the Bluejays.  During his two years with Tabor, Ratzlaff earned several conference honors and was named an Honorable Mention All-American in 2000-01 and 2002-03.

Prior to serving as an assistant at Tabor, Ratzlaff served in the same role at both Union College (Ky.) and East Central University (Okla.).  After one year on the bench as an assistant for the Bluejays, he was hired as head coach in 2007-08.

“Both Tabor College and the athletic department are thankful for the many years of service Coach Ratzlaff has given and the lives he has impacted,” said Athletic Director Marty Ziesemer.  “We wish him well as he moves forward and onto his next opportunity.”

Tabor College will conduct a national search for the Bluejays next head men’s basketball coach.

Tabor College is a Christ-centered institution located in Hillsboro, Kansas and participates in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).


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