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UP CLOSE with Kathryn Vidmar

Jan 28, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 5:01 pm | Updated: January 28, 2013 5:02 pm | Permalink

Class- Senior 

Height- 5' 2"

Hometown- Trabuco Canyon, California

Major- Exercise and Wellness, Pre-nursing

Track and field events- 5k and 10k

Reason for attending BYU...

"I love the track team and knew it was a great program. I really wanted to see my potential running for such a great coach. I also have many family members that attend BYU as well."

Best part of being on the BYU track and field team...

"I love my teammates. They are my best friends and my family here in Provo. They push me to be a better runner and person. It's also so much fun traveling, and I love competing and representing BYU."

Favorite movie...

"I love watching movies, and I pretty much like any movie I watch."

Best place to eat in Provo...

"I really like Mountain West Burrito."

Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight...

"Harry Potter all the way. Also, Lord of the rings should be mentioned here too because I love that movie."

If you could be doing anything in 10 years it would be...

"A nurse and a high school cross country coach."

Favorite BYU sport other than track and field...

"Gymnastics! I have always loved the sport, and my little sister competes on the team, which makes me a big fan."

Funniest member of the BYU track team and why...

"Sarah Edwards. Except she graduated last year, and I am yet to find someone to fill her shoes."

Best catchphrase or line from a book, movie or TV show...

"There's a colonial woman on the wing."

Favorite pro sports team...

"I don't have any favorite teams, but I like to watch the Ironman World Championships. I also love professional surfing and skateboarding."

Best sport you play/played other than track and field...

"Surfing, skateboarding and soccer are tons of fun."

If you had a time machine, when/where would you go and why...

"I would go to the 1960's and go to a Beatles concert"

Best athlete in any sport at BYU...

"Emily Vidmar. She's a stud, a babe and my best bud."

If you could add one thing to the BYU campus, what would it be...

"A sunroom. I am always cold."

Favorite inspirational quote...

"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast, and when I run, I feel his pleasure" -Chariots of Fire 

Recent stories on BYUtv

Jan 23, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:50 pm | Updated: January 23, 2013 4:10 pm | Permalink

On Jan. 14, 2013, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe announced the jersey retirements of Mel Hutchins and Roland Minson. See the announcement below. The jersey retirements will take place in the Marriott Center at halftime of the BYU vs. Portland game on Feb. 16.

Kathy Aiken did a feature on Tyler Haws, his mission and his success so far this season.

Rose on his 200 career victories

Jan 23, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:39 pm | Permalink

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose was on True Blue on Monday, Jan. 21, to discuss his 200 career victories and BYU's upcoming game with Gonzaga.

UP CLOSE with Natalie Stewart

Jan 23, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 3:23 pm | Updated: February 8, 2013 5:29 pm | Permalink

Class-  Senior

Height-  5' 8"

Hometown-  Spanish Fork, Utah

Major-  Public health, with an emphasis in health promotion

Track and field events- 400 meters

Reason for attending BYU...

"I knew BYU had a wonderful track and field program as well as great academic programs. It was close to home, and my older siblings were also at BYU, so it was an easy decision."

Best part of being on the BYU track and field team...

"I love the opportunity I have to run and do the sport I love. The coaches are wonderful, the team is fantastic, and every day is a combination of hard work, sweat and laughter." 

Favorite movie...

The Fugitive

Best place to eat in Provo...

"I love Zupas, which could be bordering Orem. Either way, it's great."

Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight...

Harry Potter

If you could be doing anything in 10 years it would be...

"In 10 years, I hope I can eat all I want and still not gain any weight!"

Funniest member of the BYU track team and why...

"Me, it's obvious why. Ask anyone. Ha." 

Best catchphrase or line from a book, movie or TV show...

"It's a good thing you aren't a big, fat guy, or this would be reallllly difficult." -Emperors New Groove 

Hidden Talent...

"I can curl my tongue into a three-leaf clover."

Favorite pro sports team...

"I'm really not into pro sports."

Best sport you play/played other than track and field...


If you had a time machine, when/where would you go and why...

"I would go 10 minutes before I tore my ACL on June 17, 2011. That would be nice." 

Best athlete in any sport at BYU...

"Nachelle Stewart Mackie (Two time national champion)! I could be a little bias though."

If you could add one thing to the BYU campus, what would it be...

"I wish there was cell reception in the basement of the JFSB."

Favorite musical artist/band...  

Taylor Swift

Gatorade, PowerAde or Vitamin Water...


Most embarrassing moment...

"In elementary school I threw up over all the utensils during lunchtime." 

Favorite inspirational quote...

"Good enough is where the weak hearts stop." -The "Original" Mike Smith

LaVell Edwards awarded Lifetime Achievement accolade

Jan 23, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:33 pm | Permalink

HOUSTON -- Legendary BYU head coach LaVell Edwards received the Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday at an awards ceremony in Houston.

Edwards coached the Cougars for 29 years and is currently No. 7 in FBS history for career wins with 257. In 20 of those 29 seasons, the Cougars claimed conference championships. He has been inducted into both the BYU and College Hall of Fame.

Under his direction, BYU won a national championship, 19 conference championships, a Heisman Trophy, two Outland Trophies, four Davey O’Brien Awards, 34 All-America awards (including six College Football Hall of Famers) and appeared in 22 bowl games.  He has twice been honored as the national coach of the year, has received many conference and district accolades and has been honored by a myriad of state and national organizations, not just for his accomplishments on the field, but for the integrity and class he added to the profession.

Edwards was accompanied by former BYU All-American quarterbacks Robbie Bosco, John Beck, Ty Detmer and Gifford Nielsen at the banquet. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes excellence in coaching on and off the field during a career, allowing recipients to take their place in history alongside legends such as Paul “Bear” Bryant.  Recent Lifetime Achievement recipients include Hayden Fry, Tom Osborne, Barry Switzer, Bo Schembechler and Bobby Bowden.

Bill O'Brien of Penn State was also honored at the event, receiving the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year award for the past season.

Read Edwards' feature on

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 1/22

Jan 22, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:00 am | Updated: January 24, 2013 10:02 am | Permalink

Live from Legends Grille on BYU campus, head coach Dave Rose started his show talking about how his team has improved this season already, what games are up next for BYU and how tough the West Coast Conference is. The Cougars play at Gonzaga and at Portland this week.

"The key to staying relevant in the WCC is playing great basketball every single night - and that's tough. We have to work hard in this tough conference. One thing I love about our guys is that they play to win every time they step on the floor."

Coach Rose also addressed the 70-69 buzzer-beater loss to Saint Mary's and how the team is looking to bounce back and try to put the game behind them. Rose said the coaches decided to spend a day of practice talking about the game, and the things they did right, before scouting their next opponent.

Later on in the show, Director of basketball Operations Mike Hall joined the show to talk about how he enjoys working with the team and a few of his responsibilities with the players.

Coach Rose finished the show answering questions from fans.

Listen to the full show on and don't miss head coach Dave Rose in Legends Grille every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MST.

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 1/20

Jan 21, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:49 am | Updated: January 24, 2013 10:03 am | Permalink

Live from the KSL 5 TV studios, head coach Dave Rose started his show with a full recap of last week's games. BYU hosted Saint Mary's in a 70-69 buzzer-beater loss and also San Diego last Saturday in a 74-57 victory. The Cougars are now 5-1 in West Coast Conference action.

Against the Gaels, Rose highlighted Tyler Haws's performance. He finished with 23 points to lead the team. 

"Tyler's a sophomore and a guy who's having one of the best sophomore years we've seen at BYU in a long time. The guys realy know they can rely on him. They know that down the stretch he's a guy we can go to."

Against the Toreros, Rose highlighted the team's overall performance. Every healthy player was able to see minutes and contribute to the game. Four players finished with double-figure points, led by Tyler Haws's 25. 

"We had a lot of guys scoring and a lot of guys moving the ball. Matt (Carlino) did a great job of controlling the game and that's huge when he can play like that - it gives everyone else confidence and we perform better overall."

Later on in the show, Coach Rose talked about the team's strategy for slowing down and controlling an opposing team's point guard. Rose pointed out that the Cougars have played some great point guards this season and, to keep them in check, the team has to use specific strategy.

To finish the show, Coach Rose previewed BYU's upcoming games against Gonzaga and Portland, and discussed how the rest of the West Coast Conference teams are shaping up. 

Watch the full show on and don't miss head coach Dave Rose at 11 p.m. MST on KSL 5 TV.

Baseball season starts next month

Jan 18, 2013 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 12:22 pm | Updated: January 22, 2013 9:20 am | Permalink

A year ago four members of BYU’s current baseball team were serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  They are Jacob Hannemann (Arkansas), Andy Isom (Brazil), Cody Shepherd (Brazil) and Derek Speigner  (Salt Lake City).

This year among the several BYU baseball players currently serving missions are Tanner Chauncey, Kolton Mahoney and Mason Marshall.  Recently contact was made with their parents, but before giving further details about their missions, return to the aforementioned Hannemann and Speigner.

DOUBLE DOUBLE: Hannemann, who was selected in the 48th round of the 2010 Major League draft by the Kansas City Royals, is penciled in as one of BYU’s starting outfielders this season.  Last month, Hannemann was with BYU’s football team in San Diego for the Poinsettia Bowl where he was a defensive back with his brother Micah, also a Cougar DB. Jacob is now with BYU’s baseball team, but Micah is now preparing to serve a mission to Carlsbad, Calif., and will be wearing one of Jacob’s missionary suits.

RELAY FROM OUTFIELD: Outfielder Hannemann was one of four players from the baseball team to swim a promotional 50 freestyle relay at the BYU-Denver dual in the Richards Building Pool on Jan. 19 along with pitcher Matt Milke, first baseman Brock Whitney and third baseman Adam Law.  Milke was on his high school water polo team in California. Hannemann was a late sub for pitcher Mark Anderson, who had to leave when the event was delayed. Whitney teamed with Law, who was out-touched by Tom Holmoe, BYU Director of Athletics in a time of 28.21, compared to baseball's 28.96. Holmoe's teammate was Associate Director of Athletics Brian Santiago.

HONEYMOON OVER: Two BYU catchers got married on the same day last month, so their honeymoons are now over as Cougar baseball practices gear up.  Sophomore Jarrett Jarvis married Jenna Lewis and junior Dillon Robinson married Ashley Brawley Robinson, who plays third base for BYU softball. Speigner, who beat BYU before his mission as a reliever at UC Riverside, got engaged last month and is scheduled to become BYU’s 11th married player this April.  

OUTDOOR PRACTICES: Among these upcoming baseball practices are outdoor breaks from the BYU indoor practice facility. On Jan. 25-26, Feb. 1-2 and Feb. 8-9, the Cougars will have outdoor baseball practices at St. George at 5 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. All practices in St. George will be at Bruce Hurst Stadium at Dixie State University except for the morning practice on Feb. 2, which will be at nearby Dixie High School because of a conflict.

MISSIONARY UPDATE: The parents of Chauncey, Mahoney and Marshall, give us a glimpse into their son’s missions based upon Christmas phone calls or Skype sessions. A common theme is these players took two baseball mitts in their luggage so they could play catch on P-days  (preparation day) with a companion.

Elder Tanner Chauncey, Brazil Joao Pessoa Mission:  It was a 40-minute Skype session from a Bishop’s home and Tanner demonstrated he could speak Portuguese to his family. The session was precisely 40 minutes because he did not want to lose his e-mail privileges for a month.

Chauncey’s mission president played baseball with him on Christmas Day and provided the bat and balls. Chauncey reported he is eating well and gets up early to do pushups, sit-ups and use the set of bands he took to Brazil. He did get to spend some time in the MTC last summer with Mason Marshall during Chauncey’s three-week wait in Provo awaiting a visa.

His request: “send me letters.”

Elder Kolton Mahoney, California Santa Rosa Mission: Has served in Santa Rosa, Crescent City, Eureka, Vacaville and most recently Kelseyville, California.

Once while walking with his missionary companion down a path, Mahoney spotted a baseball bat stuck in the mud of a creek.  He crawled down the bank to retrieve the bat so that he could use it to hit balls on P-days. He appreciated throwing a baseball back and forth with a local Bishop who used to be a catcher in the pros.

He reported on baptismal successes and of a recent calling to serve as assistant to the mission president.

His request: “send T-shirts, no more candy bars.”

Elder Mason Marshall, Philippines Cauayan Mission:  This Skype session came at 5 p.m., on Christmas Day to Utah, but it was the day after Christmas in The Philippines.  Randomly, native children would wave in the background of the computer screen.  The 5-foot-9 and one-half-inch tall Marshall was delighted to tell his family that he gets to play the center position in basketball games with the locals, who “foul a lot.”

Marshall does a lot of walking and gets to throw the football around on P-days when he is the quarterback because of his strong arm. He appreciates catching baseballs with Elder Devin Needs, a BYU lacrosse player, who lives in the missionary four-some with Marshall.

Marshall is serving in farmland villages and has gained some weight as he enjoys eating local fruits. He uses a bucket to wash his clothes or shower. From an Internet Café, he sends his e-mail, which arrives at 2 o-clock on Sunday mornings to his family in Utah.

His request: “send sunflower seeds.”

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 1/15

Jan 16, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:33 am | Permalink

Live from Legends Grille on BYU campus, head coach Dave Rose began his Coach's Show by previewing the other West Coast Conference teams, their upcoming opponents and how BYU feels about being 4-0 in league play so far. 

"Our team has been really good at being able to focus one week at a time and be consistent for 40 minutes. This week's games are now getting familiar - we've played these teams before - so we have to work hard."

Continuining to talk about the WCC, Coach Rose went through a lot of the outstanding players in the league and discussed how BYU will begin to prepare for each one. 

Coach Rose also talked about BYU's most recent two wins over Pepperdine and Santa Clara. 

"We ended up causing a lot of problems for Pepperdine in the second half when we were able to implement our zone. The guys worked hard. And hopefully we can play as effectively as we did against Pepperdine in our upcoming games."

Towards the end of the show, BYU junior Raul Delgado joined coach Rose to talk about being at BYU and answer questions from fans. 

Coach Rose finished the show by also answering questions from fans.

Listen to the full show on and don't miss Coach Rose every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MST live from Legends Grille. 

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 1/14

Jan 14, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 8:50 pm | Permalink

In the KSL 5 TV studios, BYU head coach Dave Rose kicked off his weekly Coach’s Show with a recap of the team’s second-straight two-win week this season and their 4-0 start in West Coast Conference play.

“It was a great week. I thought our guys were really prepared – it felt similar to the week before, as far as the teams we played and it was nice we were able to come away with two wins.”

The Cougars defeated the Waves at home 76-51, and on the road against Santa Clara 82-64. Tyler Haws led the team with 24 points in both wins and has now scored 20 or more points in five-straight games.

Later in the show Coach Rose highlighted the team’s defensive efforts in the last few games and how the team is working on its defense to help augment the offense.

To finish the show, Rose previewed the upcoming week with games on Wednesday and Saturday, and talked about how the rest of the West Coast Conference is shaping up.

“It’s nice to be at the top of the standings with our 4-0 record. We’ve had some great wins and are looking forward to the rest of the schedule.”

Watch the full show on and don’t miss Coach Rose on KSL 5 TV every Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST.