After 14 seasons and a .720 winning percentage, Dave Rose has decided to step down from being the Head Coach for BYU Basketball.
The end of the incredible career of Dave Rose has come to a screeching halt. After the Cougars worst regular season performance since taking over the program in 2005 Rose is hanging up the coaching suit to pursue other things including continuing to help in cancer research. Rose is the second winning coach in BYU history with 348 wins to 135 losses only behind Stan Watts who boasts 371 wins. However, Rose had to vacate 47 wins due to NCAA sanctions in the Nick Emery case. Had Rose not lost those 47 he would have finished number 1. Rose would most likely be awarded with the mantle of GOAT as far as BYU coaches are concerned due to his consistent quiet dominance as I call it. He was never had the flashiest teams, except for 2011 Jimmer Fredette, but just sound, well coached players that bought into the system that Rose put forward.
The biggest part of coaching from the outside looking in is winning championships. Rose had 4 Mountain West Conference regular season championships and but finished 2nd three different times in the Mountain West tournament. BYU then joined the West Coast Conference in 2012 and since joining have only ever finished 2nd in both the regular season and conference tournament, usually losing to Gonzaga. This is the biggest criticism of Coach Rose, is that he could not win the biggest games on the big stages.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at some of the best moments while lamenting about some of the bad times as well.