BYU’s Dave Rose announces retirement at age 61

Mar 26, 2019, 9:32 AM | Updated: 1:26 pm
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Brigham Young Cougars head coach Dave Rose yells out to his players as BYU Cougars and San Diego Toreros play in WCC tournament action at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 9, 2019. (Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
(Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

PROVO – As first reported by KSL Sports, BYU head basketball coach Dave Rose has announced his retirement in a news conference at the Marriott Center where his team plays.

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Brigham Young Cougars head coach Dave Rose speaks during media day in Provo on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Rose, 61, served as assistant coach at BYU from 1997 to 2005, then was named head basketball coach for the Cougars. In 13 of the last 14 seasons under his leadership, the team has advanced to post-season play in either the NIT or NCAA tournaments.

Rose battled pancreatic cancer and had a tumor removed in 2009, but continued to lead the team even through that illness.

BYU finished the 2018-2019 season with a 19-12 record before losing to San Diego to get knocked out of the West Coast Conference tournament.

Dave Rose grew up in Houston and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Manchester, England in the late 70s.

After returning home, he was a co-captain of the University of Houston’s famous “Phi Slama Jama” squad which featured Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon, finishing runner-up in the 1983 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. He earned his bachelor’s degree that year and accepted a job as the head basketball coach at Millard High School. He also served as assistant coach at Pine View High School, before becoming an assistant and eventually head coach at Dixie State, where he stayed until being hired as BYU head coach in 1997.

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Head coaches Dave Rose, BYU, Larry Krystkowiak, Utah, share a laugh as they join other coaches Craig Smith, Utah State, and Randy Rahe, Weber State, to promote the Beehive Classic at a press conference at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

According to BYU’s staff profile of Rose, the coach has an overall record of 348-135, including a school record four Mountain West Conference regular-season titles. He also holds school records for consecutive seasons with a post-season victory (four, between 2010 and 2013) and NCAA tournament appearances (eight total, six of them in consecutive seasons, which is also a school record).

Rose led BYU to the NCAA’s Sweet 16 in 2011, the first time the basketball team had made it to that round of the tournament since 1981. He also coached six All-Americans: Trent Plaisted, Keena Young, Lee Cummard, Jimmer Fredette, Tyler Haws, Kyle Collinsworth.

The coach and his wife, Cheryl, have three children and eight grandchildren.

This story will be updated.

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