Provo • BYU basketball coach Dave Rose has frequently called former Cougar star Lee Cummard a “rising star” in the college basketball coaching business the past few years.
Wednesday, Rose delivered on the hype for Cummard, adding the two-year graduate assistant to his coaching staff to replace Heath Schroyer, who left last month to take the head coaching position at McNeese State.
“Lee is a winner,” Rose said in a school news release. “He’s been a winner everywhere he’s been, as a player and a coach. The leadership and drive he had as a player will help him be successful as he continues on in his coaching career.”
Recruited out of Mesa, Ariz., Cummard played at BYU for Rose from 2005 to 2009 and led the Cougars to three Mountain West Conference regular-season championships.
He played professionally overseas in France, Belgium and Japan from 2009 to 2016 before joining Rose’s staff in 2016.
“He has a great feel for the game and has the respect of all of our players,” Rose said. “I am excited to add a Cougar to our staff.”
Cummard appeared in 131 games as a player at BYU, never missing a game. He is one of the 20 most prolific scorers in school history.
“I love this university and BYU basketball,” he said. “I am grateful to coach Rose for the opportunity. I am very excited to continue working with the coaching staff and the players. I can’t wait to get in the gym to get ready for next season.”
Cummard and his wife, Sarah, have three sons.