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BYU signs hoops coach Dave Rose to 1-year contract extension

By Sean Walker, | Posted - Nov. 6, 2018 at 2:12 p.m.

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PROVO — On the day of its 2018-19 season opener at No. 7 Nevada, BYU basketball announced the signing of veteran coach Dave Rose to a contract extension.

The university and athletic director Tom Holmoe announced Tuesday a contract that will keep Rose as head coach of the men's basketball program through the 2020-21 season. Rose's previous contract was guaranteed through the 2019-20 season, making Tuesday's announcement a one-year extension.

Per university policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though Rose is believed to be among the highest-paid coaches in the West Coast Conference.

"It's a privilege to be the head coach at BYU," Rose said in a statement from the university. "I'm proud of everything we have accomplished and am excited about the future. I'm grateful to the university administration and the athletic department for providing us with the resources we need to be successful. I have the opportunity to work with great coaches who are tireless workers with exceptional expertise.

"The very best part of my job is that I get to work with tremendous student-athletes that are fully committed to the success of our team."

Rose was first named head coach at BYU prior to the 2005-06 season, inheriting a 9-21 team and leading the Cougars to 13-straight 20-win seasons and a 32-5 mark during the 2010-11 season that ended in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.

After that season, and spurred by the Cougar football team's move to an FBS independent schedule, Rose helped transition the basketball team from the Mountain West to the West Coast Conference. The Cougars have finished second or third in every season in the new league, trailing either Gonzaga and/or Saint Mary's.

He's led BYU to the postseason in every year of his tenure, though the Cougars have not been back to the NCAA Tournament since 2015.

Brigham Young Cougars head coach Dave Rose in the huddle during a timeout as BYU and Illinois State play in an NCAA men's basketball game in Provo on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. BYU won 80-68. (Photo: Scott G Winterton, KSL)

Under Rose's tutelage, six players have earned All-American honors, and five have been named conference player of the year, including former standout Jimmer Fredette, who took home national player of the year honors following the 2010-11 season.

"Dave has brought us a high level of competitive basketball for 13 years as the head coach at BYU," Holmoe said. "His consistency and stability are two qualities that have been mainstays of the program. We look forward to continued success and we’re excited about this coming season."

At 329-122, Rose ranks second all-time in BYU history to hall of fame coach Stan Watts. The current Cougar coach's 72.9 all-time win percentages is the best mark in BYU basketball history and ranks seventh among active head coaches in NCAA Division I.

BYU opens the season Tuesday night at No. 7 Nevada. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. MST on CBS Sports Network and FM 100.3.

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