According to the Brigham Young University basketball team, former head coach Dave Rose’s stroke on Thursday caused him to be hospitalized and unfortunately, it can lead to his death.
Our prayers are with Dave Rose and we hope he gets better as soon as possible.
The team posted on Twitter, writing, “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.”
Also, the account added, “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.”
Rose coached at BYU from 2005 until 2019 and put together a legendary career with the Cougars, winning 348 games. He retired after the 2018–19 season and Mark Pope took over the program. The 348 wins in Dave Rose’s tenure as head coach is second all-time in BYU basketball history.
Dave Rose’s Stroke Send him to Hospital
Dave was a legend who won above 300 games at the school and took the Cougars to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament eight times, such as one Sweet 16 berth in 2011 with national player of the year Jimmer Fredette.
Immediately after the heartbreaking news of Rose’s stroke on New Year’s Eve., some of his friends and basketball famed ones reacted on social media by posting their wishes for Dave!
BYU coach Mark Pope, who served as Rose’s assistant from 2011–2015, wrote a message on Twitter Saturday morning.
“Lee Anne and I have such deep love and gratitude for Coach and Cheryl. They have been incredibly generous mentors and friends,” Pope wrote. “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.”
Additionally, Jimmer Fredette, the 2011 National Player of the Year, who played for Rose from 2007–2011, tweeted, “Our thoughts and prayers are with coach and his family right now. He’s one of the best men I know. Such a fighter.”
Late Rose has always been a brave fighter when facing difficulties with his health. In 2009, Rose was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and triumphed over what at the time of his diagnosis was viewed as a “death sentence.” To this day, Rose continues to have procedures to make sure cancer hasn’t come back.
Since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Rose and his wife, Cheryl, have been activists battling against cancer. While at BYU, the Rose’s put together the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation. After retiring from BYU, the couple hosts an event called “Golf To Eradicate Cancer,” with all donations benefitting the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
Last year, Rose was saved after suffering a “severe” and “major” heart attack that sent him to the hospital 15 months ago.