PROVO, Utah – Former BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, shows why he’s considered a fighter. Weeks after suffering a stroke, the legendary coach will be released from the hospital on Thursday.
Rose’s wife, Cheryl, gave an update to KSL TV’s Dave McCann.
“Dave has made great progress here at Utah Valley Hospital following his stroke in large part because of the dedicated nurses, doctors, and therapists,” Cheryl Rose said. “He is being released [Thursday] to go home where he will continue his recovery with outpatient therapy.”
The legendary BYU basketball coach is universally beloved in the basketball world. Since BYU athletics issued a statement on the stroke of the 63-year-old Rose earlier this month, an outpouring of support from individuals in the basketball world both locally and nationally has poured in to support BYU’s second-winningest coach of all-time.
ESPN’s Seth Greenberg, a former head coach at Virginia Tech on Rose, “he absolutely is one of the best people I’ve ever dealt with in college basketball.”
In 2019, Rose suffered a heart attack that he fought back from and he continues to have periodic checkups on pancreatic cancer he was diagnosed with in 2009.
One of Rose’s former players, Jonathan Tavernari, started a hashtag #RoseGang to share fun stories and fond memories of the beloved coach. “Coach, we love you,” said Tavernari.
“We know prayers are being heard and blessings to you … just know that there are so many people that love you and are cheering for you. If there’s somebody that can pull through this, it’s you, coach.”
Since retiring from coaching in March of 2019, Rose has stayed aware of the latest with BYU basketball. Prior to suffering a stroke, Rose has attended BYU basketball games at the Marriott Center and practices of a program he coached at for 22 years (started in 1997 as an assistant coach).
“We cannot begin to express the gratitude we feel for the outpouring of love and prayers on behalf of Dave and our family,” Cheryl Rose said to McCann. “We have witnessed yet again how he has faced a challenging health issue with courage and determination and we have never been more proud of him.”
Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m., KSL Newsradio). Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper and the KSL Sports app.