PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The Dave Rose era is over.
The BYU basketball coach announced his retirement after 14 years on the job at a press conference today.
It is unclear if Rose is being forced out, or if this is his own decision.
“Thirty-six years, thirty-six years I’ve been doing this,” Rose said. “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.”
After leading the Cougars to the NCAA Tournament in 8 of his first 10 seasons, the Cougars have failed to make the Big Dance in each of the last four years.
Rose signed a contract extension through the 2020-21 season at the beginning of the season, but this turned out to be Rose’s worst season at the helm.
The Cougars failed to win 20 games for the first time in Rose’s tenure at 19-13, including an embarrassing 80-57 loss to San Diego in the West Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals, a game in which they trailed by 44 points.
The Cougars also blew a late 14-point lead to San Francisco at home that cost them a number two seed in the WCC Tournament.
“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.”
In November, the BYU basketball program was placed on probation by the NCAA and forced to vacate 47 wins over two seasons, in which guard Nick Emery received improper benefits from a booster. BYU is appealing the ruling.
Rose’s best season came in 2011 when, led by national player of the year Jimmer Fredette, the Cougars advanced to the Sweet 16.
Rose was in attendance at last night’s Jazz-Suns game to watch Fredette’s return to the NBA.
The 61-year-old has sa career record of 348-135, 23 victories shy of Stan Watts’ BYU all-time record.
Rose has battled pancreatic cancer, twice fighting off tumors, after first being diagnosed in 2009.
“I’ve had 10 years of what some doctors have said, ‘You’re playing on house money,'” Rose said. “And the house money’s been pretty good to me. I kind of have three coaching pillars for me. One is my mind, a coaching mind, my body, my physical body, a coaching body, and then what I consider a coaching soul, which is my heart. My mind I fought for years. You get tired, you get frustrated, you get mad, you can’t figure things out, and I’ve always been able to talk my mind back into it’s time to accept the next challenge; let’s get the next team, let’s go. My body would be tired at times but I could always get myself up and get going. And make my body do it. But it’s my coaching soul that has put me here today. I always tell everybody: you can’t trick how you feel. You can pretend, you can ignore it, but you know inside how you feel. And my coaching soul said it was time, time to be done.”