By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
BYU Cougars men’s basketball coach Dave Rose announced his retirement on Tuesday. He had been the Cougars head coach since 2005.
He retires with 348 career wins and eight NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition, he had 13 consecutive 20-win seasons.
Rose had a .720 win percentage with the Cougars. That’s the best in BYU history.
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“Thirty-six years, thirty-six years I’ve been doing this,” Rose said at a press conference today on the Marriott Center floor where he announced his retirement. “Twenty-two at BYU, 14 as the head coach. And today’s the day I’m going to retire. I’ve had a chance to talk with the players and encourage them to move forward and tackle the challenge that’s at hand. But most of all, I’ve had a chance to reflect with my family how lucky I’ve been. I’m 61-years old, I still haven’t worked a day in my life. I’ve gotten to play, play with so many great players, coached so many great players, so many great teams.
“That’s probably what I’ll miss the most. I’ll miss the most when we get to the end of June and it’s time to start summer semester and the team moves on and I’ll be on another team. I’ll be on a team with my wife, with Cheryl, with our grandkids, and we’ll make that just as good as we made this.”
With the Cougars, he had a 348-135 record. He also went 173-61 in conference play.
This past season, the team went 19-13 on the season. They also went 11-5 within the conference. However, this was the first-time in his tenure that his team did not qualify for postseason play.
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Their season ended in the West Coast Conference Tournament on March 9 to the San Diego Toreros. They lost 80-57 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Dave has been an outstanding coach at BYU and is recognized in the profession by his peers as one of the best during his tenure,” BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe said. “His teams have enjoyed a great deal of success at both the conference and national level and his legacy will long be remembered. Excellent players and teams under his leadership established many program records. We wish Dave and his wife Cheryl the very best as they begin the next chapter in their life. They will always be a part of the Cougar Family.”
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