Former longtime BYU basketball coach Dave Rose is currently in stable condition in a local hospital after suffering a stroke on Thursday, according to the official BYU Basketball Twitter account.
Rose took over as BYU’s coach in 2005, replacing Steve Cleveland, and went on to lead the Cougars to 11-straight 20-win seasons. Rose eventually retired after the 2018-19 season.
“The entire BYU Athletics family wishes to offer its collective faith and prayers in behalf of longtime coach Dave Rose and the Rose family, after Coach Rose suffered a stroke Thursday,” the social media post said. “Coach Rose is currently stabilized in the hospital. The Rose family expressed appreciation for the love and support they have received, and would ask for your continued faith and prayers in Coach Rose’s behalf.”
This isn’t the first time Rose has dealt with serious health issues. During the summer of 2009, Rose was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He was able to recover, but still undergoes periodic scans. Then, seven months after retiring, Rose suffered a heart attack. Rose was back visiting the Cougars during practice a week later.
Current BYU coach Mark Pope served as Rose’s assistant from 2011-15, before taking his first head coaching gig at Utah Valley. Pope shared his own message on Twitter Saturday morning.
“Lee Anne and I have such deep love and gratitude for Coach and Cheryl,” Pope wrote. “They have been incredibly generous mentors and friends. They have given their whole heart to BYU. They have brought so much joy to so many people for so many years. We are praying for Coach and his family.”