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 232-78 record, Rose has produced a nine-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 (.748) and the most wins (232). Among first-time head coaches in 2005, Rose is the only to achieve at least 20 wins in each of his first nine seasons. His 232 victories place him fifth for best career starts (through nine seasons) by wins in NCAA history ahead of the likes of Thad Matta, John Calipari and Sean Miller. Rose currently holds the school record for career winning percentage (.748) and is second in career victories. Rose reached the 200 career victory mark in his 259th game to make him the 15th fastest in NCAA history to reach the milestone.
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 his basketball program consistently ranks in the top 10 percent nationally in multi-year NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores. As a result, the NCAA has honored BYU basketball with Public Recognition awards for seven-straight seasons (2006 to 2012) for its high academic achievement. In fact, the Cougars were the only Division I program to earn public recognition and a bid to the NCAA tournament every year from 2007 to 2012.
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 five-straight seasons appearing in the top-25 polls (2007 to 2011), six-straight trips to the NCAA tournament, six-straight 25-win seasons (2007 to 2012) and four-straight seasons with a postseason victory (2010 to 2013) – all four are program-record streaks. Rose and the Cougars are also in the midst of two current streaks that are program records, including nine-straight 20-win seasons (2005-06 to 2013-14) and nine-straight trips to the postseason (2006 to 2014). 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 in 2004-05 into a 20-9 NIT qualifier and 12-4 second-place MWC finisher in 2005-06. 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. Historically, the last time a BYU team garnered back-to-back outright league crowns was in 1979 and 1980 when the Cougars touted one of their all-time greats in Danny Ainge, while the last time the Blue and White produced three-straight titles was from 1932 to 1934. In 2010, BYU set a then-program record with 30 victories and defeated Florida in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the program's first NCAA tournament victory since 1993.
In 2010-11, Rose and the Cougars set numerous program records with 32 wins and an .865 winning percentage, a fourth conference title in five seasons and nine-straight weeks ranked in the top 10, including a No. 3 ranking in both the AP and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. BYU’s No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament tied the best seed earned by the Cougars. With wins over Wofford and Gonzaga in the second and third rounds of the tournament, BYU reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1981. The Cougars were ranked the entire season, including those nine-straight weeks in the top 10 – a program record streak. Statistically, BYU finished fifth in the nation in winning percentage and scoring margin, seventh in scoring offense, 10th in free throw percentage, 15th in turnover margin, 16th in assist to turnover ratio, 17th in turnovers per game and 18th in three-point field goals per game. Rose also coached the nation’s player of the year and NCAA Division I scoring leader Jimmer Fredette, who averaged 28.9 points per game.
Despite the loss of Fredette and BYU's all-time steals leader Jackson Emery, Rose kept the Cougars rolling in 2011-12. With a 26-9 overall record and a 12-4 record in West Coast Conference play, BYU extended its streak of 25-win seasons to six, a program record. Rose also led the Cougars to a program-record sixth-straight NCAA tournament bid where BYU overcame a 25-point deficit to defeat Iona in the first round. The comeback set the record for the biggest comeback in NCAA tournament history. It also marked a program record as the Cougars won in the NCAA tournament for a third-straight season. Post players Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies led the way for BYU and earned All-WCC honors.
Rose and the Cougars improved their streaks of 20-win seasons and trips to the postseason to eight in 2012-13. BYU finished with a record of 24-12 overall and 10-6 in WCC play and received an invitation to the NIT. After a regular season that included wins over Virginia Tech, Santa Clara and in-state foes Utah, Utah State and Weber State, the Cougars received an invite to the NIT as a three seed. In the NIT, BYU defeated Washington and Mercer at home and Southern Miss on the road to earn a trip to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden. The season ended with a loss to eventual champion Baylor. Tyler Haws and Brandon Davies earned All-WCC and All-District honors.
The 2013-14 season was highlighted by a 23-12 overall record, a second-place finish in the WCC, one of the toughest nonconference schedules in team history and a return trip to the NCAA tournament for a seventh bid in eight years. After battling a nonconference schedule that featured wins over Stanford and Texas and competitive games against four nationally ranked teams – Iowa State, Wichita State, UMass and Oregon – Rose guided the Cougars to a 13-5 mark in league play that included a sweep of Saint Mary's and a home win over WCC champ Gonzaga. After finishing second in the league tournament, BYU received a bid to the NCAA tournament as a 10 seed. Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth earned All-WCC honors and Haws was selected as the WCC Player of the Year.
As the only BYU men's basketball coach to ever win top conference coaching honors in back-to-back seasons, Rose was named the 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 an NCAA tournament 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. After the record-setting 2010-11 season, Rose earned his third conference honor by being named co-coach of the year. He was also the USBWA District VIII co-coach of the year and a finalist for Naismith national coach of the year honors. Rose is one of two BYU head coaches to win 20 games in each of his first six 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 11 of the past 12 seasons, including eight 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, 13 recruits have earned conference newcomer honors or a major league award in their first season as a Cougar in Rose's 13 years in Provo. Seven BYU players have been singled out as either the conference newcomer or freshman of the year. Most recently, Eric Mika earned WCC All-Freshman honors after averaging 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. Tyler Haws was named third-team All-MWC as a freshman in 2010 and set the BYU record with 48-consecutive free throws without a miss. 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. Following is a list of conference honors earned the last 14 seasons by Cougar recruits in their first seasons.
Eric Mika (2013-14 WCC All-Freshman Team
Matt Carlino (2011-12 All-WCC Honorable Mention, WCC All-Freshman Team)
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 30-plus years of coaching experience – including 19 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 seven 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), Jimmer Fredette (2010 third-team Sporting News and NABC, second-team Basketball Times, AP Honorable Mention and Lute Olson All-America team; 2011 first-team AP, NABC, John R. Wooden, Sporting News, USBWA) and Tyler Haws (2014 AP Honorable Mention) – and four players who have been selected in the NBA Draft – Travis Hansen (2003), Araujo (2004), Plaisted (2008) and Fredette (2011). Fredette also earned numerous player of the year honors in 2011, including Wooden, Naismith, AP, Oscar Robertson and Sporting News.
Before his promotion 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 seven 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 she is currently serving as an honorary chairperson for the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation. She previously served as the vice chairperson for the 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 is curently a student at BYU.
Rose and the team annually provide service for the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation to comfort local families who endure the challenges of raising a child who has cancer. Rose and his wife Cheryl currently serve as honorary chairmen for the foundation. 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 previously served as the Vice Chairperson for the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation.
At the 2012 NCAA Final Four, Rose was named a member of the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council that includes Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Roy Williams (North Carolina), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse) and Mike Brey (Notre Dame). He and Cheryl are currently assisting with the Hope Lodge, a facility that will be constructed in Salt Lake City to house families of cancer patients.
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. Rose has since been given a clean bill of health. The United States Basketball Writers Association recognized Rose for his efforts with its Most Courageous Award in 2010.
Commenting on Rose
"Dave Rose is one of the best coaches I have ever known. He is not only the best at preparing you to succeed against your opponent by preparing game plans but also the greatest motivator I have ever been around. He has a special way to communicate with the players and instill confidence that enables you to play at the highest level every game. When my career at BYU came to an end, he continued to help me choose an agent, go to NBA camps and NBA workouts and begin my professional career. He never stopped supporting and believing in me. I will always be grateful for what he has done for me and continues to do for me now."
– Travis Hansen, Former BYU Cougar and Atlanta Hawk, playing professionally in Russia
"I have never been around a coach who had a feel for what makes each player tick like Coach Rose. The game plans he prepared were usually right on, and if we executed them we won the game. He is a coach that you not only want to play for but also would sacrifice almost anything for. He has been one of the most influential people in my basketball career, and I will forever benefit from his lessons on basketball and life. I've never seen any other coach like him."
– Mark Bigelow, Former BYU Cougar, playing professionally in Spain
"Dave Rose has done an outstanding job of establishing BYU as one of the premier programs in the Western United States. He's an outstanding teacher of the game, and equally important, is an outstanding person who demands the most out of his players both on and off the court. He's a credit to the coaching profession, and BYU is very fortunate to have him as its coach."
– Former UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland
"I'm impressed with the preparation of BYU and the poise they demonstrate. That's definitely a credit to Dave Rose and his coaching staff. Rose looks young, but he's got a lot of experience. He's done a nice job as a head coach ... He has experience at the highest levels of college basketball, both as a player and a coach."
– Former ESPN Game Analyst Steve Lavin
The 2013-14 squad finished 23-12 and received a bid to the NCAA tournament – the seventh bid in the last eight years – to extend program record streaks of 20-win seasons and postseason bids to nine season.
The 2011-12 squad finished 26-9 and received a bid to the NCAA tournament, extending program record streaks of 25-win seasons and NCAA tournament bids to six seasons.
The 2010-11 squad set program records with 32 victories and an .865 winning percentage, breaking the records set the previous season (30 wins, .833).
Dave Rose has a .747 winning percentage as a college head coach (399-135), including a 23-12 (.657) record in 2013-14, a 24-12 (.667) record in 2012-13, a 26-9 (.743) record in 2011-12, a 32-5 (.865) record in 2010-11, a 30-6 (.833) mark in 200-10, a 25-8 (.758) record in 2008-09, a 27-8 (.771) record 2007-08, a 25-9 (.735) mark in 2006-07, a 20-9 (.690) season in his first year at BYU and a 167-57 (.746) record in seven seasons at Dixie State College.
Dave Rose was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year each of his first two seasons, becoming the first-ever BYU men's basketball coach to win back-to-back league coach-of-the-year honors. He added a Co-Coach of the Year honor in 2011.
Rose has a 113-33 (.774) record in conference games (MWC from 2005 to 2011 and WCC from 2011 to 2014).
BYU was the second-most improved team in the nation in 2005-06 under Rose and his coaching staff in their first season.
The BYU coaching staff has playing experience in NCAA Final Fours, including a National Championship.