BYU gives coach Rose new five-year contract

6:51 PM, Apr 6, 2011   |    comments
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Provo, UT (Sports Network) - Brigham Young University men's head basketball coach Dave Rose agreed to a new five-year contract Wednesday that will keep him in Provo through the 2015-16 season.

The contract extension comes on the heels of a program-record 32 victories and a top-10 ranking for nine straight weeks. Rose led the team to its first Sweet 16 appearance since 1981 and guided the school's first recipient of the Naismith Player of the Year award, Jimmer Fredette.

"Dave Rose is a great leader who produces talented players on the court, scholars in the classroom and fine examples in the community," BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe said. "He's established a basketball program at BYU that stands for excellence."

In six seasons at the helm for the Cougars, Rose has produced a 159-45 record, the fourth highest winning percentage (.779) amongst active Division I coaches. He has posted at least 20 wins in each year and has guided BYU to four Mountain West Conference regular-season titles.

"Dave is one of the best basketball coaches in the country," Holmoe added. "He is a highly sought-after coach who has turned down other opportunities to remain at BYU. We are thrilled to have such a loyal man and superior teacher guiding the BYU basketball program for years to come."

Rose and his basketball team weathered a severe blow to its national title hopes late last season, when starting forward Brandon Davies was dismissed from the team in March with just one regular season game left due to an honor code violation.

The Cougars eventually lost to San Diego State in the Mountain West championship game and then received a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament and won two games before falling to Florida in overtime.

"I'm grateful to Tom Holmoe and the university administration for the many opportunities they have provided me and my family," Rose said. "BYU is a wonderful place to coach college basketball, and I look forward to continued success with this program. I have a great coaching staff and student-athletes who are committed to being successful."

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