BYU gives Dave Rose a five-year extension through 2019-20

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Dave Rose has been incredibly successful as BYU's coach. (USATSI)
Dave Rose has been incredibly successful as BYU’s coach. (USATSI)

BYU has agreed to a five-year extension with coach Dave Rose that will take him through the 2019-20 season.

“I’m excited about the future of BYU basketball,” Rose said. “Tom Holmoe, Brian Santiago and the university administration have provided great support and I look forward to the things we can accomplish together over the next several years. We have great student-athletes and coaches at BYU who are committed to the success of our program.”

With Rose at the helm for the last nine-plus seasons, BYU basketball has enjoyed the most successful era in program history. The Cougars have won 20-plus games and played in the postseason in each of the last nine seasons—including seven NCAA tournament bids and two trips to the NIT. BYU has also claimed four conference titles during Rose’s tenure.

“I appreciate all that Dave has accomplished over the past decade as head coach of our men’s basketball program. He is an incredible leader and one of the best coaches in the country,” said Holmoe. “Dave does things the right way, on and off the court. We are excited about the future of the basketball program.”

This is Rose’s 10th season as the head man in Provo, where he has led the Cougars to a 250-86 record with seven NCAA Tournament appearances. Prior to being named head coach in 2005, Rose was an assistant under former coach Steve Cleveland. His 74.4 win percentage is the highest in school history among coaches who have coached at least 30 games, and his win total is second behind Stan Watts, who coached the team from 1949-1972.

BYU does not disclose salary information, so it’s unknown what the worth of this deal is.

Rose is also a staunch supporter in the fight against cancer, as he’s a survivor himself. In 2009, Rose was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer and had to undergo immediate surgery to remove a part of his pancreas and spleen. Also, in August 2013 he underwent a second surgery to remove further small cancerous growths.

Having been lucky enough to be sat right next to Rose last Thursday while covering BYU’s game against Pepperdine, he certainly looked as healthy and energetic as ever, even picking up a technical foul in the process for arguing fouls with a referee. Hopefully his health continues and the 57-year-old will be able to lead BYU into the future as successfully as he has so far.

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