Last Wednesday night, Dave Rose had win number 200 slide through his fingers like a smooth net-only shot from half-court as Saint Mary’s Matthew Dellavedova nailed a game-winning shot while time expired. For just a moment, his team lost focus after an improbable bucket from Tyler Haws with 2.5 seconds remaining, and Rose missed an opportunity to put a milestone (that means much more to his fans than it does to him) behind him.
But his team put the bitter taste out of their minds on Saturday and coasted to win number 200 in a route over the Toreros of San Diego. After the 74-57 win, Rose said,
“We got it, so now we can move on and not talk about it for a while.”
In only 259 games, Dave Rose reached the 200 win plateau the 14th fastest in NCAA Men’s Div I history. Names such as Jerry Tarkanian, Mark Few, Adolph Rupp and Roy Williams. Also on the list, but behind out man are Thad Motta, Jack Ramsey, Jim Boeheim, Don Haskins and Bob Knight. And maybe even more importantly, he beat the only other Cougar coach to get there, Stan Watts, by 70 games to the mark. At the rate he’s going, he’ll be 50 games up on Watts at the same mark as when Watts made it there (329 games.)
In his tenure at the helm for BYU, Rose has led the Cougars to six 25-win seasons, four conference titles (in the Mountain West Conference), earned three Coach of the Year awards (in the MWC) and six straight NCAA tournament appearances. He’s won one tournament game in each of the last three years (never before done at BYU) as well as earned a berth to the Sweet 16 in 2011.
Here’s to 200 more Coach.