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 Cougars' Director of Basketball Operations from 2005-07.
In Nashif's five seasons as an assistant, BYU has amassed a record of 140-36 (.795), won three conference titles and received five NCAA Tournament bids. In 2010-11, the Cougars won a program record 32 games, advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1981 and finished No. 10/13 in the national polls.
With Nashif serving as a defensive scout the Cougars finished fifth in the nation in scoring margin, 15th in turnover margin and 37th in steals per game. BYU was also among the top 100 in field goal percentage defense, three-point field goal percentage defense, rebound margin and blocks per game. In 2009-10, Nashif helped the Cougars achieve the program's first 30-win season, advance to the second round of the tournament for the first time in 17 years and finish the season ranked No. 17/16 in the polls.
In 2011-12, Nashif helped BYU to its sixth-straight 25-win season and sixth-straight NCAA Tournament bid. The Cougars finished 26-9 and advanced in the NCAA Tournament for a third-straight season with a 25-point comeback win over Iona, the biggest comeback in the history of the tournament. Nashif was the offensive coach in 2011-12 and the Cougars averaged 77.9 points and shot .465 from the field.
In Nashif's first two seasons as an assistant (2007-08 and 2008-09), he helped BYU to back-to-back conference titles and records of 27-8 and 25-8, respectively. The Cougars also appeared in the national polls in both seasons. In 2007-08 the Cougars were among the best in the nation defensively, holding opponents to 38.9 percent shooting and 30.0 percent shooting on threes.
After graduating from BYU in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in physical education, Nashif was hired as the director of basketball operations in Roses first season at the helm. Nashif's primary responsibilities included coordinating team travel, providing support for academics, marketing and recruiting.
In Nashif's six seasons on the staff, including two as director of operations and four as an assistant, BYU has won 20-plus games in all seven seasons and 25-plus games in each of the last six seasons. The Cougars also appeared in the top 25 in five-straight seasons (2006-11) and received a bid to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last six seasons.
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, started 14 games and was 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.
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 two daughters, Macie and Dezie.
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."