Steve Cleveland On Returning To Coach At BYU: “Not Going To Happen”
Former BYU head basketball coach is happy with his analyst role.
Cleveland coached at BYU for eight seasons
BYU Men’s Basketball concluded their season last Wednesday evening in Palo Alto against the Stanford Cardinal in the first round of the NIT, but the news cycle for Cougar hoops continues to roll on. Dave Rose’s right-hand man in associate head coach Heath Schroyer announced he took the head coaching job at McNeese State, which leaves a massive void of experience on Rose’s bench.
Could BYU turn to a familiar face to fill-in Schroyer’s role? Maybe. If he did, would Steve Cleveland be an option?
The former BYU head coach joined Ben Criddle on Cougar Sports with Ben Criddle on ESPN 960 AM (the home of Cougar Sports Wire) to discuss a variety of hoops topics including the possibility of returning to BYU’s bench to coach with Rose.
“That’s not going to happen,” said Cleveland who coached at BYU for eight seasons. “I love Dave, if he ever needed help from me, I’d be happy to help in any other way I can. There are probably some great candidates already out there.”
Listen to the clip here:
Who would some of the candidates be for this vacant position left by Schroyer? The easy options could be promoting LaComb back to the Associate Head Coach role and making Lee Cummard a full-time assistant coach. The problem with that is the experience Schroyer brought to Rose’s staff would not be replaced with that move. Cummard has a bright future coaching, but he doesn’t bring the experience necessary right now to help Rose try and knock off the 1000-pound Bulldog in the WCC that is Gonzaga…at least for now.
Marty Wilson, the former head coach at Pepperdine would make a lot of sense, but does he have other job opportunities lined up? What about Norm Parrish at Westminster? Could Rose turn to a younger guy who does have full-time coaching experience under his belt and has worked in the program before in Cody Fueger at Utah Valley? There are a lot of possibilities that Rose can take with this role, but the most important aspect of the hire should be landing an experienced coach.
Schroyer’s experience on the bench this past season cannot understated enough. Schroyer was good enough for four to five wins for this BYU team. Without Schroyer, the Cougars are likely a 19-20 win team because of all the attrition they experienced on the roster. But Schroyer’s experience was very valuable, especially early in the year during non-conference play. Rose needs to dive into that same well again by getting an experienced coach, just don’t plan on it being Coach Cleve.