BYU coach Dave Rose announced Thursday that Walter Roese and Terry Nashif will join John Wardenburg and Dave Rice on BYU's basketball staff. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
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Walter Roese Hired as Assistant Coach, Terry Nashif as Director of Basketball Operations
PROVO, Utah (June 30, 2005) -- BYU Head Basketball Coach Dave Rose today announced the final additions to his basketball staff naming Walter Roese an assistant coach and Terry Nashif the director of basketball operations.
Roese (pronounced row-EESE), who has served the past two seasons as BYU's director of basketball operations, and Nashif (pronounced NASH-if), a point guard on BYU's team the last four seasons, join current Cougar assistant coach John Wardenburg and recently hired assistant coach Dave Rice to complete Rose's staff.
"I'm extremely confident in the abilities and commitment of each member of our staff," Rose said. "Walter and Terry are great additions to our staff. They both bring strengths that complement very well the coaching expertise and experience John and Dave give us.
"I feel fortunate Walter is excited to be part of the future of BYU Basketball. He has great recruiting ties and outstanding basketball knowledge. He really understands the game. Walter also has an excellent rapport with the players in our program. Terry is the perfect fit for the operations position on our staff. He knows the players, and he knows their needs academically and athletically. Terry is a leader and hard worker who has a real commitment to BYU and the game of basketball."
A 1994 Cum Laude graduate in International Business Administration from BYU-Hawaii, Roese earned an MBA at BYU in 2003 before serving as the director of basketball operations under former BYU coach Steve Cleveland the past two years. Roese, who served one year as a volunteer assistant at BYU-Hawaii under Ken Wagner after completing his professional playing career, also recently accepted an invitation to be an assistant coach for the 2005 Brazilian National Team.
"I have always tried to prepare myself to take advantage of opportunities when they occur," Roese said. "Since this year's Final Four, I have considered several opportunities to go other places but BYU is where I want to be. I think Coach Rose is a great coach and I look forward to working with him. I have also accepted an offer to assist the Brazilian National Team this summer. I am excited for the opportunity to coach at BYU and look forward to contributing to the program's success."
A native of Novo Hamburgo in southern Brazil, Roese, 38, played seven years professionally in Brazil and Italy after graduating from BYU-Hawaii. He still holds the Brazilian professional league record with 23 assists in a single game. He has represented the Brazilian National Team and professional clubs at four World Cup tournaments and several international championships in Europe, Asia and South and North America. In 1986, he was Brazil's top-rated junior player. Roese has continued to excel as an athlete. In August of 2003, Roese hit a three-quarter-court shot at the buzzer to give Brazil a one-point victory in the semifinals of the Masters World Basketball Championships (ages 35-40) in Orlando, Fla., before leading Brazil to the title win over Russia.
Roese has experience at nearly every level of the college game. Roese attended the University of Houston, West Texas A&M and BYU-Hawaii while playing at the Division I, Division II and NAIA levels. He was the MVP of the Lone Star Conference in 1992 while playing at West Texas A&M and was a Scholar Athletic All-American at BYU-Hawaii. He served as a volunteer director of athletic marketing and assistant basketball coach at BYU-Hawaii from 2000-2001 before attending the Marriott School of Management at BYU to obtain his MBA degree.
Roese comes from an athletic family that has seen six members participate at the Olympic level in basketball, volleyball and tennis. Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Roese and his wife Monique are the parents of two children: Leonardo and Agatha.
A native of Vancouver, Wash., Terry Nashif 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/TO Ratio during league games. That season he played in every game, including six starts, and led BYU in assists (3.0). 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.
Prior to coming to BYU, Nashif was honorable mention All-USA by USA Today at Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Wash. He was the KVAN Radio Athlete of the Year, Columbian Player of the Year and Evergreen Defensive Player of the Year.
"This is a great opportunity and an even greater responsibility that I have as the director of basketball operations," Nashif said. "I have great respect for Coach Rose. I'm excited to be part of the staff."
Nashif, who turns 25 next week, graduated from BYU in April with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He 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 were married in November 2004.
Rice, 36, was hired as an assistant coach at BYU in May. Rice has 14 years of coaching experience, including 12 seasons at the Division I level at UNLV and Utah State. As a player, Rice was a member of UNLV's 1989-90 National Championship and 1990-91 Final Four teams that won a school-record 45 consecutive games.
Wardenburg, 47, enters his fifth season as an assistant coach at BYU with 15 years of coaching experience at the Division I, junior college and high school levels. This is his second stint working as an assistant under Rose. Wardenburg was an assistant to Rose at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, from 1993-97, where he helped Rose guide the Rebels to a 95-31 record during that span, achieving a ranking as high as No. 2.