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‘Nothing short of a miracle’: Former BYU basketball coach Dave Rose making progress after stroke

Rose, who led the Cougar basketball program from 2005-19, was admitted to the hospital Thursday and his family told the Deseret News Sunday night he is recovering and that it is grateful for the widespread support. 

BYU head men’s basketball coach Dave Rose announces his retirement at a news conference inside the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
BYU head men’s basketball coach Dave Rose announces his retirement at a news conference inside the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
Scott G Winterton, Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Former BYU coach Dave Rose is making significant progress after suffering a stroke on New Year’s Eve, according to his family.

The legendary coach, who led the Cougar basketball program from 2005-19, was admitted to the hospital Thursday and his family told the Deseret News Sunday night he is recovering and that it is grateful for the widespread support.

“Coach Rose is doing so much better today. From where he was three days ago up to now, it is nothing short of a miracle rooted in the incredible army of everyone who has prayed and supported him since Thursday. Thank you so much! Our family loves you and will never forget the outpouring of love and kindness.”

After news of Rose’s stroke surfaced Saturday morning, there was an outpouring of messages on social media on his behalf.

Current BYU coach Mark Pope, who served as Rose’s assistant from 2011-15, 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.”

This is the third major health issue Rose, 63, has dealt with over the years.

In 2009, he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He undergoes scans periodically. In 2019, six months after his retirement, Rose suffered a heart attack. Doctors put stents in his heart and after surgery he participated in a 22-day cardiac rehab.