Since becoming head coach of the BYU men's basketball program on April 11, 2005, Dave Rose has guided the Cougars to an impressive array of on-the-court awards and accolades while his unassuming approach to service and the community has been recognized at the top of his profession.
With a 127-40 record, Rose has produced a five-year resume that is nearly unmatched. In fact, among the 40-plus coaches who took over a program in 2005, Rose has the best winning percentage (.760) and the most wins (127). Among those that were first-time head coaches in 2005, Rose is the only to achieve at least 20 wins in each of his first five seasons. His five-year resume ranks among the best in the history of NCAA Division I basketball. His 127 victories place him fifth for best career starts by wins in NCAA history, ahead of the likes of Jerry Tarkanian, Jim Boeheim and Thad Matta. Rose currently holds the school record for winning percentage (.760) and the MWC record for winning percentage in league games (.800).
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 the most deserving among its vast membership. While Rose has never sought such attention, his actions and accomplishments—both on the court and in the community—have commanded the praises of faithful followers and casual observers alike. In April 2008 Rose became the 63rd recipient of the Dale Rex Memorial Award, given annually to the person who has done the most for amateur athletics in the state of Utah. Another evidence of Rose's commitment to excellence is that his basketball program 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-straight seasons (2007 to 2010) for their high academic achievement. In fact, the Cougars are the only Division I program to earn public recognition and a bid to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four seasons.
Cougar fans have had plenty to "Rise and Shout" about with Rose at the helm. A tireless worker, gifted motivator and talented strategist, Rose has returned BYU to the national stage with four-straight seasons appearing in the top-25 polls and four-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament—both firsts in program history. In his first season, Rose and his staff produced the nation's second-most improved team by turning a 9-21 squad that finished tied for last with three wins in the Mountain West Conference into a 20-9 NIT qualifier and 12-4 second-place MWC finisher. Under his tutelage from 2007 to 2009, the Cougars achieved the MWC's first back-to-back outright league championships (2007 and 2008) while adding to the streak with a share of the regular season title in 2009 to make it three-consecutive. Historically, the last time a BYU team garnered back-to-back outright league crowns was in 1979 and 1980 when the Cougars touted their all-time scoring leader Danny Ainge, while the last time the Blue and White produced three-straight titles was from 1932 to 1934. In 2010, BYU set a program record with 30 victories and defeated Florida in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the programs first tournament victory since 1993.
Among the highlights of this past season was BYU's 15-game winning streak—the second-best in program history—and a program-record 30 wins. The Cougars entered the top-25 on Jan. 4 and remained ranked until the final poll of the season, a streak of 11 weeks. BYU achieved its highest ranking of 10 on Jan. 25 and finished No. 17 and 22 in the final regular season polls. In addition to the record-setting win total, the 2009-10 Cougar squad set program records for winning percentage, scoring margin, field goals, three-point field goals, turnover margin and steals. Nationally, BYU finished the season first in free throw percentage, second in scoring offense, scoring margin and three-point field goal percentage, seventh in turnover margin, 11th in won-loss percentage, 16th in assist-turnover ratio, 22nd in assists per game, 23rd in steals per game and 25th in three-point field goals per game.
The only BYU men's basketball coach to ever win top conference coaching honors in back-to-back seasons, Rose was named MWC Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2007. In his second season, Rose coached the 2006-07 Cougars to a 25-9 overall record and NCAA berth after winning the MWC regular-season title with a 13-3 mark. In his first season, Rose received conference and USBWA District VIII Coach of the Year accolades as well as honorable mention for National Coach of the Year by Scout.com after turning a picked-to-finish-last 9-21 team into a 20-9 winner and NIT qualifier. Rose is one of three BYU head coaches to win 20 games in each of his first five seasons and the only one to do so after taking over a team that won fewer than 13 games the prior season.
Rose first came to BYU as an assistant in 1997 to help newly hired head coach Steve Cleveland rebuild the Cougar program after a 1-25 season. Rose served eight seasons with Cleveland, including the last five as associate head coach, before being promoted to BYU's head job just two days after Cleveland announced his departure.
Rose played a vital role in rebuilding BYU's program from an inherited 1-25 team into a regular NCAA Tournament participant and 20-game winner. BYU has qualified for postseason play in 10 of the past 11 seasons, including seven NCAA bids, while claiming five MWC titles. Rose fulfilled a variety of responsibilities under Coach Cleveland, including defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. His efforts earned notice, such as being named the top assistant in the Mountain West Conference by Street & Smith in the 2004-05 College Basketball Preview.
A strong evaluator of talent with a vast network of coaching connections across the country, Rose has a proven record as a top recruiter. BYU has had multiple top-20 recruiting classes with Rose overseeing or coordinating its efforts. Rivals.com recognized Rose in 2004 as one of the top-25 college basketball recruiters.
Proving that Rose has excelled in recruiting and developing players, 11 recruits have earned conference newcomer honors or a major league award in their first season as a Cougar in the 13 years Rose has been in Provo. Seven BYU players have been singled out as either the conference newcomer or freshman of the year. Most recently, Jonathan Tavernari was named the 2007 MWC Freshman of the Year after fellow Cougar and second-team Freshman All-American Trent Plaisted received the same honor in 2006. In 2010 Tyler Haws was named third-team All-MWC as a freshman and set the BYU record with 48-consecutive free throws without a miss. The following is the list of conference honors earned the last 13 seasons by Cougar recruits in their first seasons in Provo.
-- Tyler Haws (2009-10 3rd-team All-MWC)
-- Jonathan Tavernari (2006-07 MWC Freshman of the Year)
-- Trent Plaisted (2005-06 MWC Freshman of the Year, 2nd-team All-MWC)
-- Mike Hall (2003-04 MWC Defensive Player of the Year, 3rd-team All-MWC)
-- Rafael Araujo (2002-03 Newcomer of the Year, MWC media poll, 3rd-team All-MWC)
-- Jared Jensen (2001-02 MWC Co-Freshman of the Year)
-- Trent Whiting (2000-01 MWC Newcomer Team, 2nd-team All-MWC)
-- Terrell Lyday (1999-2000 MWC Newcomer of the Year, All-Tournament Team)
-- Mark Bigelow (1998-99 WAC Freshman of the Year, Newcomer Team, 2nd-team All-WAC)
-- Mekeli Wesley (1997-98 WAC Newcomer Team)
-- Ron Selleaze (1997-98 WAC Newcomer of the Year, Newcomer Team, 2nd-team All-WAC)
With 27 years of coaching experience including 15 seasons as a head coach at the Division I, junior college, and high school levels, Rose has a proven record of constant success. Prior to coming to BYU as an assistant in 1997, Rose compiled a 167-57 record at Dixie State College (St. George, Utah) while guiding six of his seven teams to top-20 rankings, including a national ranking as high as No. 2. He earned three conference titles and was honored by his peers as the 1993 Scenic West Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. While at Dixie, Rose coached three NJCAA All-Americans as well as long-time NBA player Keon Clark. At BYU, Rose has coached six players who have received All-America recognition--Mekeli Wesley (2001 AP honorable mention), Rafael Araujo (2004 Basketball Times Second Team, AP honorable mention), Trent Plaisted (2006 Scout.com Freshman Second Team), Keena Young (2007 AP honorable mention), Lee Cummard (2008 AP honorable mention, FOXSports.com Fourth Team) and Jimmer Fredette (2010 third-team Sporting News and NABC, second-team Basketball Times, AP Honorable Mention and Lute Olson All-America team)--and two players who have been selected in the NBA Draft--Travis Hansen (2003) and Araujo (2004).
Before being promoted to the head coaching position at Dixie, Rose served as a Rebel assistant coach under Ken Wagner for three seasons. Rose coached multiple sports at Millard and Pine View high schools in Utah before joining the staff at Dixie. He was the head basketball coach at Millard for three years from 1983-86. Rose is the 17th person to guide the Cougar basketball program since its first season in 1903. He follows the coaching pedigree of Basketball Hall of Fame coach Stan Watts, who is BYU's all-time leader in coaching victories with a 371-254 record from 1949-72. Watts also coached at Millard High School and Dixie State College before coming to BYU.
Rose was a two-sport athlete at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, before the Texas native returned to his hometown, transferring to the University of Houston where he completed his degree and was a shooting guard and co-captain of the famous "Phi Slamma Jamma" team featuring Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. In 1983 his Houston team was ranked No. 1 nationally and finished as the national runner-up after suffering a buzzer-beating defeat to North Carolina State in the NCAA Championship game. Rose spent three years at Houston, playing in 1980-81, redshirting in 1981-82 and concluding his career in 1982-83.
At Dixie, Rose was first-team all-league in both basketball and baseball. Rose was also the Region 18 batting champion, hitting .421 as a center fielder. While playing basketball for Houston's Northbrook High School, he led the District 16AAAA in scoring, was selected first-team all-district and All-Greater Houston and was named team MVP.
A native of Houston, Texas, Rose and his wife Cheryl have three children and two grandchildren. Rose followed Steve Cleveland as the second BYU head coach to have served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rose served in Manchester, England, from 1977-79 between his two years as a player at Dixie State College. An important component in Rose's success is the unwavering support and encouragement of his wonderful family. Rose's wife Cheryl is actively involved in helping families who have children with cancer as vice chairperson of the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation. Daughter Chanell played forward on the BYU women's basketball team from 2000-03 and is married to Brock Reichner, who was a member of the BYU men's basketball team from 2004-06. His son Garrett returned in August 2005 from a two-year mission in Little Rock, Ark., and married his wife Brooke in November 2006. Rose's daughter Taylor attends Provo High School.
Currently the Honorary Chairman of the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation, Rose works with his wife, Cheryl, and the team to annually serve and comfort local families who endure the challenges of raising a child who has cancer. The National Association of Basketball Coaches honored Rose with its Game Pillar Award for Service in April 2008. While at Dixie State College, Rose became the first coach in the State of Utah to participate in the American Cancer Society's nationwide Coaches vs. Cancer campaign and served on the Academic Excellence Committee at Dixie. He has also been a volunteer coach for youth groups. Dave and Cheryl were Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year in St. George. Cheryl is extremely committed to serving in the community, receiving the Beacon of Hope Award in 2005. She now serves as the Vice Chairperson for the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation.
The fight against Cancer became more personal for the family when Dave was diagnosed with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor cancer in June 2009. Since the emergency surgery to remove the tumor, no other cancer has been found. Scans since the surgery by doctors at the Huntsman Cancer Institute have all come back clear. The United States Basketball Writers Association recognized Rose for his efforts with its Most Courageous Award.
Dave Rice joined the BYU coaching staff as an assistant in May 2005 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in April 2008. Rice has 19 years of coaching experience, including 17 seasons at the Division I level at BYU, UNLV and Utah State. As a player, Rice was a member of UNLVs 1989-90 National Championship and 1990-91 Final Four teams that won a school-record 45 consecutive games. During his time as both a player and a coach, he has played with or helped guide 13 players who went on to play in the National Basketball Association, eight of whom were drafted in the first round, including six lottery picks.
An excellent recruiter and on-the-floor coach, Rice coordinates the team’s offense and recruiting efforts. In his five seasons coordinating the Cougar offense, BYU has generated the Mountain West Conferences top attack four years and ranked second once. This past season the Cougars ranked among the top 20 nationally in numerous offensive categories, including free throw percentage (1st, 79.0), scoring offense (2nd, 83.1), scoring margin (2nd, 16.7), three-point field goal percentage (2nd), field goal percentage (13th, 48.3), and assist to turnover ratio (15th, 1.36). BYU led the MWC in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, free throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage.
In 2008-09, BYU ranked among the top 20 nationally in numerous offensive categories, including scoring margin (9th, 11.9), field goal percentage (8th, 48.4), assists per game (16th, 16.3) and assist to turnover ratio (7th, 1.43). In 2007-08, the Cougars ranked 21st in assists per game (16.8) and 22nd in scoring margin (+10.5) while also setting a school record for assist-to-field goal ratio at 64.8 percent. In 2006-07, BYU ranked among the top 30 in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage (5th, .415), scoring (24th, 78.1 ppg) and scoring margin (25th, +9.0). In his first season at BYU, Rice helped the Cougars become the nations second-most improved team with a 20-9 overall record.
Rice has helped BYU earn five straight 20-win seasons — including 25-plus wins in the last four — and a 127-40 overall record while recording back-to-back outright Mountain West Conference Championships in 2007 and 2008 and sharing the title in 2009 — the programs first string of three-straight titles since 1932-34. The Cougars have also appeared in the national top-25 polls and reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four seasons — both firsts in program history.
Rice came to BYU from Utah State University where he helped Coach Stew Morrill and the Aggies earn a 24-8 record, Big West Conference Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament bid in 2004-05. In his one season at Utah State, Rices coaching duties included working with the offense and coaching the guards. In 2004-05, the Aggies led the nation in field-goal percentage (school-record .525) and ranked fourth nationally in scoring margin (+14.6), 10th in assists (17.2) and 20th in three-point field goal percentage (.391).
Rice spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach at UNLV, which is the second-longest tenure ever for an assistant in that program. While in Las Vegas, Rice worked under four head coaches including Jerry Tarkanian, Tim Grgurich, Bill Bayno and Charlie Spoonhour. In his last eight seasons at UNLV, the Runnin Rebels received seven postseason invitations and averaged 20 wins per year.
In addition to his Division I experience, Rice served as an assistant coach for one season at Chaffey (Calif.) College in 1994, helping the Panthers to a 32-6 record and an appearance in the California State Final Four. He also spent one season at Claremont (Calif.) High School, where he was an assistant coach under his father Lowell, a long-time high school coach. That team went 21-7, winning the Baseline League Championship and reaching the CIF quarterfinals. Rice earned his bachelors degree in political science from UNLV in 1991 and his MBA in 1993. He was also a two-time UNLV Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a Rhodes Scholar candidate.
Prior to playing at UNLV, Rice began his college career at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., where he earned All-South Coast Conference honors as a sophomore and was chosen from among more than 13,000 student-athletes as the 1989 California Junior College Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He graduated from Claremont High School. A native of Claremont, Calif., Rice and his wife Mindy have two sons, Travis and Dylan.
Coach Rose on Rice:
"Dave has been a big part of the success of our program over the past three years. He is an outstanding teacher of the game and has always been part of successful programs both as a player and a coach. Dave possesses a complete knowledge of the game and has done a terrific job coordinating our game plans and recruiting efforts. He is also a tireless worker and a great person."
Dave Rice Coaching Experience
BYU, Associate Head Coach, 2008-Present
BYU, Assistant Coach, 2005-2008
Utah State, Assistant Coach, 2004-05
UNLV, Assistant Coach, 1991-92, 1994-2004
Chaffey (Calif.) College, Assistant Coach, 1993-94
Claremont (Calif.) High School, Assistant Coach, 1992-93
A former BYU point guard, Terry Nashif was hired as an assistant coach in June 2007 after serving two seasons on Dave Rose’s staff as the Cougar’s Director of Basketball Operations from 2005-07.
In his five years overall on Rose’s staff, Nashif has been a part of five-straight 20-win seasons — including 25-plus wins in the last four — and a 127-40 overall record. In 2009-10, Nashif helped the Cougars to a program record 30 victories and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. His efforts with game film and defensive game plan preparation helped BYU set a program record in scoring margin at 16.7 (second in the nation and first in the MWC) and finish seventh in turnover margin, 23rd in steals per game and 48th in rebound margin. In the MWC the Cougars were first in steals, and second in rebounds, turnover margin and defensive rebounds.
In his first season as an assistant coach, Nashif helped the Cougars achieve the second most wins in school history with a 27-8 record and become the only team in Mountain West Conference history to win two outright league titles. The 2007-08 Cougars won their second-straight outright regular-season MWC Championship with a 14-2. In Nashif’s second season as an assistant, BYU went 25-8 and earned a third-straight league title at 12-4, the program’s first string of three-straight titles since 1932-34. BYU has also appeared in the national top-25 polls and reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four seasons — both firsts in program history.
Nashif’s efforts in 2008-09 helped the Cougars finish ranked first in the MWC and 11th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense. BYU was also second in the league in steals and rebounding margin. In 2007-08 the Cougars were 11th in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to a combined 38.9 percent on the year. In addition to field-goal percentage defense in 2007-08, the Cougars were also the MWCs top team in three-point field-goal percentage defense (.300) and had the largest margin on the boards, grabbing 4.3 more rebounds per game than their opponents.
A native of Vancouver, Wash., Nashif first came to BYU in 2001 as a walk-on point guard and eventually earned a scholarship. A smart floor leader, Nashif appeared in 103 games for the Cougars, including 14 starts, as a member of two NCAA Tournament teams. As a sophomore in 2002-03, Nashif helped the Cougars claim a share of the Mountain West Conference regular-season title by ranking first among MWC players in assist/turnover ratio during league games. That season he played in every game, including six starts, and led BYU in assists (3.0) while averaging 2.2 points, his highest scoring average of his four-year career. He posted a career-high 11 points on 3-for-3 three-point shooting in 30 minutes at San Diego State and had one of the best games of his career against UNLV, tallying seven assists, four rebounds and two blocks while matching up against future NBA first-round draft pick Marcus Banks.
As a junior, Nashif played in 23 of 30 games despite missing a month due to illness, averaging 1.1 assists and 1.0 points per game. During his senior campaign in 2004-05, Nashif achieved a career-high eight rebounds against California and dished out a career-best 10 assists at USC while averaging 1.7 assists per game. He led the team in assists six times in 27 appearances with seven starts.
After graduating from BYU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, Nashif was hired as the Director of Basketball Operations in Rose’s first season at the helm. Nashif’s primary responsibilities included coordinating team travel and providing support for academics, marketing and recruiting. He also organized team banquets and golf tournaments and provided assistance with all team-related activities.
Prior to coming to BYU, Nashif prepped at Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Wash., where he was the KVAN Radio Athlete of the Year, Columbian Player of the Year and Evergreen Defensive Player of the Year.
Nashif served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Columbia, S.C., from 1999-2001. He and his wife Katie have one daughter, Macie.
Coach Rose on Nashif:
"I'm extremely confident in Terry's abilities. He has great knowledge of the game and is familiar with the needs of the players. Terry is a leader and hard worker who has a real commitment to BYU and the game of basketball. He complements very well the coaching expertise and experience Dave and Tim give us."
Terry Nashif Coaching Experience:
BYU, Assistant Coach, 2007-present
Terry Nashif Operations Experience:
BYU, Director of Basketball Operations, 2005-2007
Tim LaComb joined the BYU men's basketball staff in June 2007 as director of basketball operations. A native of Alpine, Utah, LaComb came to the Cougars with 10 years of experience working with basketball programs at the university and high school levels.
In his first season on the staff, LaComb contributed to the one of the best seasons in BYU history. The Cougars achieve the second most wins in school history in 2007-08 with a 27-8 record and become the only team in Mountain West Conference history to win two outright league titles. The 2007-08 Cougars won their second-straight outright regular-season MWC Championship with a 14-2 mark to become the first Cougar teams since 1979 and 1980 to achieve back-to-back outright titles. BYU also appeared in the national top-25 polls for the second straight season and made its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
In his second season at BYU the Cougars went 25-8 overall and 12-4 in the MWC to share the regular season league titletheir third-straight league title. The last time BYU won three-straight league titles was from 1932 to 1934. BYU was also ranked in the top-25 for the third-straight season, a first since the 1980, 1981 and 1982 seasons.
LaComb's responsibilities include coordinating team travel and providing support for academics, marketing and recruiting. He also organizes team banquets and golf tournaments and provides assistance with all team-related activities.
Prior to coming to BYU, LaComb worked on the men's basketball staff under Ray Giacoletti at the University of Utah from 2005-07 as the video coordinator. He previously served as a head student manager for two seasons at Utah from 1994-96 under Rick Majerus. Between his stints at Utah, LaComb worked in private business and served six years as an assistant coach in Utah's high school ranks. He was an assistant at Lone Peak High School from 1999-2002 and at his alma mater American Fork from 2002-05. His teams reached the state semifinals four times in six years, with Lone Peak winning the state championship in 2000-01.
A cum laude graduate in mass communications/public relations from the University of Utah, LaComb and his wife Rachel have three children, Alyssa, Sam and Anna. LaComb served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Boston, Mass., from 1989-91.
Coach Rose on LaComb:
"Tim is extremely passionate about the game of basketball and has valuable experience in a variety of capacities that will serve him well as our operations director. Tim is a quality person who already knows our conference. He is a great fit for our program."
Mike Hall joined the BYU men’s basketball staff in July 2010 as director of basketball operations. A native of San Bernardino, Calif., Hall played for the Cougars from 2003-05 and comes to BYU with five years experience of professional basketball playing overseas and in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).
In his first season with the Cougars Hall was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-MWC Third Team as a junior. As a senior, Hall led the Cougars in scoring (13.9 ppg) and repeated as a third-team All-MWC honoree. He finished his BYU career averaging 13.3 points and 3.5 rebounds.
Prior to joining the Cougars, Hall played his sophomore season at Dixie State where he was an NJCAA All-American and the Scenic West Athletic Conference and NJCAA Region 18 Player of the Year. He spent his freshman season at Pepperdine where he played 18 games.
After graduating from BYU, Hall played professionally in Turkey, France, Austria and Japan. In 2006, he played for the Utah Eagles of the CBA. In 2009-10, Hall played for the Shiga Lakestars in Japan and averaged 9.2 points and 2.9 rebounds.
Hall graduated from BYU in 2005 in recreation management. He and his wife Tara have a daughter, Halle (two-years old) and a son, Swift (10 months).
Rose on Hall:
“We’re very excited to have Mike Hall join our staff. He was a terrific player here and more important a terrific teammate. His experience coupled with his respect for the tradition of BYU basketball makes him a great addition to our program.”