BYU basketball: Longtime assistant coach Terry Nashif leaving program

First Published      Last Updated Apr 13 2017 01:45 pm

Provo • Dave Rose has a vacancy to fill on his BYU basketball coaching staff.

Assistant head coach Terry Nashif, who has been involved with the program since he played for the Cougars from 2001-2005, announced Thursday that he is leaving BYU to purse business opportunities.

"Our time at BYU has been an amazing opportunity and experience for me and my family," Nashif said in a school news release. "Being associated with Coach Rose, both as a player and a coach, has been one of the great honors of my life."

Nashif, from Vancouver, Wash., joined the staff as director of basketball operations when Rose was hired to replace Steve Cleveland in 2005. He became an assistant coach in 2007 and was promoted to assistant head coach in 2016.

"I'm very excited for the future as I've decided it is the best time to pursue opportunities outside of basketball," he said. "I will be forever grateful for my years at BYU."

The Cougars went 22-12 last season. BYU went 305-111 with Nashif on the staff and advanced to the postseason each year with eight NCAA Tournament appearances and four NIT appearances.

"We are grateful for Terry, [wife] Katie, and their family for their hard work, dedication and sacrifice for BYU basketball," Rose said. "Terry's role has been vital to the consistency of our program. His presence will be missed within our staff and amongst our players. I have all the confidence in the world that Terry will be successful in his future endeavors."


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