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PROVO, Utah (Oct. 22, 2007) -- BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe today announced that head men's basketball coach Dave Rose has agreed to a new four-year contract that will take him through the 2010-11 season.
"Dave has done an excellent job of guiding our men's basketball program since his appointment as head coach," Holmoe said. "His passion and leadership I believe are reflected in the teams he coaches and the success they have on and off the court. Dave and his staff are establishing a strong foundation for BYU basketball now and into the future."
Rose has guided BYU to back-to-back 20-win seasons and the program's first national ranking in 14 years since succeeding Steve Cleveland as BYU Men's Basketball Head Coach on April 11, 2005. Rose coached last year's team to a 25-9 overall record and the Mountain West Conference regular-season title (13-3) while earning his second consecutive MWC Coach of the Year award. He is the first head coach in BYU men's basketball history to earn the annual league honor in back-to-back seasons.
In 2005-06, Rose's first Cougar squad was picked to finish last in the MWC but instead finished tied for second at 12-4 while earning a 20-9 overall record and an NIT bid. After taking over a 9-21 team, Rose was recognized as district and conference coach of the year and received honorable mention for national coaching honors as the Cougars proved to be the second-most improved program in the nation under his tutelage.
BYU's second season under Rose not only built upon his impressive inaugural campaign but also proved to be one of the best seasons a Cougar team has ever recorded in the program's 105-year history. The Cougars achieved the program's first outright league championship since 1988, its first national top-25 ranking since 1993, its first season sweep over rival Utah since 1994 and its first NCAA Tournament invitation since 2004, including its highest seed since 1995.
On the BYU record books, only two teams (1951 -- 28 wins; 1988 -- 26 wins) won more games in a season than the 25 victories achieved by the Cougars in 2006-07. BYU defeated three nationally ranked teams in the process and earned a spot (No. 24) in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll, something a Cougar team hadn't done since 1988.
Rose owns a .714 winning percentage with a 45-18 record in his two seasons guiding the Cougars, including a 25-7 (.781) conference resume. He boasts a .739 overall winning percentage as a college head coach (212-75) counting his seven seasons at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah.
This year's BYU team has been selected by the conference media as the preseason favorite to win the 2008 MWC title. Cougar fans can get their first look at the team Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the annual Cougar Tipoff in the Marriott Center. The event is free to the public.