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Reports: Dave Rose to retire as BYU men’s basketball coach

Nobody has won at a higher clip in BYU history.

NCAA Basketball: Brigham Young at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The tenure of the coach with the best winning percentage in BYU men’s basketball history is reportedly over.

According to multiple reports, Dave Rose will announce his retirement as BYU’s head basketball coach at a 1 p.m. MDT press conference at the Marriott Center.

UVU head coach Mark Pope is expected to be the frontrunner for the job, according to multiple sources, with Utah Jazz assistant Alex Jensen, Portland State HC Barrett Peery, and Lakers assistant Mark Madsen also as potential candidates.

Rose was a BYU assistant from 1997-2005 and was head coach for the next 14 seasons, compiling an overall record of 348-135 (.720) during a tenure in which he became an elite coach per winning percentage and a pancreatic cancer survivor, to boot.

Rose won 20 games in his first season after taking over a 9-win team, then took the Cougars to the NCAA Tournament for six straight seasons and 8 of his first 10.

That run hit its peak in the 2010-11 season as national player of the year Jimmer Fredette carried the Cougars to a 32-5 record and a Sweet 16 appearance.

That run ended in the 2014-15 season when BYU lost 94-90 to Ole Miss in the First Four after blowing a huge halftime lead. BYU hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since.

Rose coached through a cancer recovery when a rare pancreatic tumor took him under the knife in the summer of 2009. BYU went 62-11 in the two seasons following that scare and surgery.

Best of luck to Coach Rose in the next phase of his life! Stay tuned to Vanquish the Foe as we discuss next steps and dive deep into the head coaching candidates.