Toolson to Leave Coaching Profession

PROVO -- BYU Men's Basketball Assistant Coach Andy Toolson today announced he has decided to discontinue coaching and will leave his position at the university. Toolson said he has plans to work in investment and estate planning.

"I've thought about this decision for some time, and I just feel that this is an opportune moment to make this move," Toolson said. "I have really enjoyed my time at BYU these past four years, and I will miss the day-to-day relationships with the players and coaches, but I think in the long term this is the best decision for me and my family."

Toolson has served as an assistant coach under Steve Cleveland the past four seasons after retiring from an 11-year professional playing career in Europe and the NBA. Toolson's primary responsibilities the past four years have included recruiting, academics and offensive skill development.

"Andy approached me today to let me know he has decided to make a change in his career," said newly appointed head coach Dave Rose, who has worked with Toolson the past four seasons. "This is obviously something he has thought a lot about, and I completely understand that he has to do what he feels is best for him and his family. I know the coaches and players are going to miss working with Andy. We all wish him the best."

A former BYU star as a player, Toolson played three seasons for Ladell Anderson (1984-85, 1987-88, 1988-89) and one year for Roger Reid (1989-90). As a senior, Toolson averaged 18.3 points to help BYU win the 1990 WAC title and was named a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American. He also received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1990, and was inducted into the BYU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

He played on two conference championship teams that advanced to the NCAA tournament, including the 1988 team that won 17 consecutive games and achieved a No. 2 national ranking. He is second in career three-pointers made (141), and still holds BYU records for most threes in a season (74) and best single-game free throw percentage (14-14, 1.000). He ranks second for consecutive games with a three-pointer (16), third in career three-point percentage (.437) and 11th in career points scored (1,388).

Toolson began his professional career as a rookie with the Utah Jazz during the 1990-91 season and played part of another season with the Jazz. Overseas he played in Italy, Greece and Spain before deciding to retire to accept a coaching offer extended by former BYU coach Steve Cleveland.

A native of Twin Falls, Idaho, Toolson, 39, earned a BA in International Relations from BYU in 1990 and an MA in Social Science from Syracuse in 1999.