Dave and Cheryl Rose
BYU Basketball Coach Dave Rose and his wife, Cheryl, have also been passionately involved in the fight against cancer. Thanks to the research, treatment, and unique care of HCI, Dave overcame insurmountable odds to become one-of-five in a million to survive pancreatic cancer after being diagnosed in 2009. Cheryl has several family members currently battling this deadly disease, and lost one sister, Janet, to breast cancer.
She made a pivotal promise to be her voice, and continue the fight in Janet’s name. Dave and Cheryl have been involved in many charitable events in the past, including serving as honorary chairpersons for Children with Cancer Foundation.
Dave and Cheryl are honored to be the namesake for the Golf to Eradicate Cancer fundraising event. “We want to enable Huntsman Cancer Institute to continue its research and to find a cure for cancer,” Dave states. “That’s what the initial title of the tournament was—Golf to Eradicate Cancer—and that’s what the purpose of the event is.”
“I am grateful that we can be part of this,” Cheryl says. “There are so many great charities and organizations out there, but this is the one that we’ve chosen to focus on and to put our efforts behind.”
Cheryl graduated from Dixie State University and went on to become the coordinator for the Dixie State University Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program, which she helped to establish. She was appointed by the Department of Education as the Regional Coordinator for the Network of Colleges and Universities; serving Utah, Arizona and Nevada.
Cheryl served for twelve years as the Vice-Chairperson of Mac’s Gift, a charitable organization dedicated to providing assistance to children with cancer and their families. She received the Beacon of Hope Award in 2005 for her efforts in this cause. She also served on the Coaches vs Cancer Wives Committee.
She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Simmons Center for Cancer Research on the campus of Brigham Young University.
Cheryl’s greatest accomplishment and joy is her family. She and Dave are the parents of three children and grandparents of 8. She loves reading, traveling, flowers, shoes and spending time with people she loves.
Coach Dave Rose was named the BYU men’s basketball coach in April of 2005. Under his direction, the Cougars have enjoyed the most successful era in the program’s history. Beginning with the 2005-06 season, Rose has led BYU to a 305-111 record, 12-consecutive trips to the postseason (NCAA from 2007 to 2012, 2014 and 2015; NIT in 2006, 2013, 2016 and 2017), 12 straight 20-win seasons, five seasons ranked among the top 25 teams in the country (2007 to 2012) and four regular-season conference titles. He is BYU’s all-time leader in winning percentage (.733) and second all-time in wins behind Stan Watts, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Dave retired from BYU as Head Coach in March 2019.
Dave Rose served in Manchester, England, from 1977-79 between his two years as a player at Dixie State College. He was inducted into the Dixie State Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 14, 2013. A native of Houston, Texas, Rose graduated from the University of Houston where he was a shooting guard and co-captain of the famous Phi Slama Jama team.
Rose was honored on April 6, 2008, by the National Association of Basketball Coaches with its Game Pillar Award for Service, one of four Pillar Awards that the Association annually bestows on the most deserving among its membership. Coach Rose has also been heavily involved with Mac’s Gift Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation and currently serves on the National Coaches vs. Cancer Coaches Council.
Awards, Records, and Accomplishments
Player Awards and Honors
- Rose recruited and coached Jimmer Fredette, the 2011 Consensus National Player of the Year (received the Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy and other national awards)
- Under Rose five players have been named conference player of the year, one has been named defensive player of the year and two have been named freshman of the year
Coaching Awards and Honors
- Rose is a three-time MWC Coach of the Year (2006, 2007, 2011)
- Rose is a two-time USBWA District VIII Coach of the Year (2006, 2011)
- Honorable mention for National Coach of the Year by Scout.com (2006)
- Naismith Coach of the Year Finalist in 2011
- Finalist for Clair Bee Award in 2010
- Rose led BYU to a program record six-straight NCAA tournament bids (2007 to 2012)
- Rose has led BYU to the postseason in 12-straight seasons, a program record (8 NCAA tournaments, 4 NITs)
- BYU won a postseason game in four-straight seasons, a program record (2010 to 2013)
- Rose guided BYU to the 2011 NCAA Sweet 16, the program’s first Sweet 16 in 30 years
- In 2012 BYU set the record for the largest comeback in the NCAA tournament’s history, overcoming a 25-point deficit in its 78-72 victory over Iona in the First Round in Dayton, Ohio
- Dave Rose’s career record: 305-111 (.733) in 12 seasons – second all-time at BYU in wins and first all-time in winning percentage
- BYU has won 20-plus games in each of the last 12 seasons, a program record
- BYU won 25-plus games in six-straight seasons (2006-07 to 2011-12), a program record
- Rose is 10th among active coaches in winning percentage
- Rose reached 200 career wins in his 259th game, 15th fastest in NCAA history to 200 victories
- Rose reached 300 wins in his 407th game, tied for 25th fastest in NCAA history
- Top 30 in the NCAA in scoring in each of the last eight seasons, including second in 2009-10 and 2014-15, third in 2013-14, seventh in 2010-11 and ninth in 2015-16
- BYU has set the top eight season steals totals in program history under Rose
- The top nine seasons in 3-point field goals made in BYU history are Rose-coached teams