PROVO, Utah — BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe announced today that men’s head coach Dave Rose has signed a new five-year contract through the 2015-16 season.
“I’m grateful to Tom Holmoe and the university administration for the many opportunities they have provided me and my family,” Rose said. “BYU is a wonderful place to coach college basketball, and I look forward to continued success with this program. I have a great coaching staff and student-athletes who are committed to being successful.”
Since being named head coach on April 11, 2005, Rose has led the Cougars to at least 20 wins and a trip to the postseason in each of his six seasons. Over the past five years, Rose guided the Cougars to four Mountain West Conference regular-season titles and five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament while winning at least 25 games each year.
“Dave Rose is a great leader who produces talented players on the court, scholars in the classroom and fine examples in the community,” Holmoe said. “He’s established a basketball program at BYU that stands for excellence.
“Dave is one of the best basketball coaches in the country. He is a highly sought-after coach who has turned down other opportunities to remain at BYU. We are thrilled to have such a loyal man and superior teacher guiding the BYU basketball program for years to come.”
With a 159-45 record, Rose has produced a six-year resume that is among the best in NCAA Division I basketball. His winning percentage of .779 is the fourth highest amongst active D-I coaches and the best in BYU history. Rose, who also has the highest winning percentage in MWC history (.813), was named conference coach of the year in 2006, 2007 and 2011.
In 2010-11, Rose guided the Cougars to a program-record 32 victories and a top-10 ranking for nine-straight weeks. In the NCAA Tournament, he led BYU to its first trip to the Sweet 16 since 1981 with wins over Wofford and Gonzaga. Rose also coached the National Player of the Year and NCAA scoring champion Jimmer Fredette.
Equally committed to excellence off the court, Rose was honored on April 6, 2008, by the National Association of Basketball Coaches with its Game Pillar Award for Service, one of only four Pillar Awards (Education, Leadership, Service and Advocacy) that the Association annually bestows on its vast membership.
Another evidence of Rose’s commitment to excellence is that the BYU basketball ranks in the top-10 percent nationally in multi-year NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores. As a result, the NCAA has honored BYU with Public Recognition Awards for four consecutive seasons (2007-10) for high academic achievement. In fact, the Cougars were the only Division I program to earn public recognition and a bid to the NCAA Tournament from 2007 to 2010.
Among other service endeavors, Rose and his wife Cheryl have been involved with the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation for more than 12 years and both currently serve as Honorary Chairmen. Cheryl previously served as the Vice Chairperson for the organization. They are also actively involved in the American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer, speaking at several events to encourage support in the fight against cancer. That fight became more personal for the family when Rose was diagnosed with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor cancer in June 2009. Since undergoing emergency surgery to remove the tumor, Rose has received a clean bill of health.
A native of Houston, Rose and Cheryl have three children and five grandchildren. Rose served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Manchester, England, from 1977-79.
Rose was a two-sport athlete at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, before transferring to the University of Houston, where he was a shooting guard and co-captain of the famous “Phi Slamma Jamma” team featuring Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler.