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Utah Valley names Cody Fueger as interim basketball coach after Mark Pope becomes head coach at BYU

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Valley assistant Cody Fueger was named the program's interim head coach after Mark Pope was introduced as BYU's newest head coach Wednesday.

Pope leaves the Wolverines after four years as the program's head coach, where he compiled a 77-56 record. Fueger served as an assistant under Pope each of those four seasons and his 16 years of coaching experience included stops at Utah, Louisiana Tech, UC Riverside, Utah State and BYU, prior to Utah Valley.

UVU showed its appreciation for what Pope did for the program, which includes three straight postseason appearances in the College Basketball Invitational.

"Mark Pope's impact on Utah Valley University basketball is even bigger than his 6'10" frame," Astrid S. Tuminez, president of UVU, said in a news release. "While his achievements and records at UVU will undoubtedly be discussed at length, the two things I appreciate most about him are his passion and tenacity for seeing student-athletes succeed. We thank him for his service and wish him and his family the very best."

The Wolverines went 33-24 in WAC play under Pope and finished the past two seasons second in the conference regular-season standings. Guard Jake Toolson was named the WAC Player of the Year this past season, while Wyatt Lowell earned league freshman of the year honors.

UVU also set a school record with 25 wins in 2018-19, as the Wolverines advanced out of the CBI first round for the third straight year. The team made the CBI semifinals in 2017.