PROVO — BYU’s search for a new head basketball coach could be wrapped up as soon as this week.
The closing date for the application process for the job is Tuesday, according to the school’s employment website. Having a head coach in place this week could be crucial because the college basketball recruiting contact and evaluation period runs from April 11-14 and April 19-24.
The top four candidates for BYU’s coaching vacancy are believed to be Utah Valley University’s Mark Pope; Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen; Portland State head coach Barret Peery; and BYU interim head coach Quincy Lewis.
Many say the job is Pope’s, if he wants it.
Pope, who has won 48 games over the past two seasons with the Wolverines, has a talented team returning to UVU. Oklahoma State transfer guard Brandon Averette will join the squad after sitting out last season.
Over the weekend, there was speculation about Pope being a candidate for the open job at Nevada, with Eric Musselman leaving the school to take over at Arkansas. The Reno Gazette Journal listed several possible candidates to replace Musselman, including Steve Alford, David Padgett, Marvin Menzies, Rex Walters, Dave Rice, Andre LaFleur and Damon Stoudamire. Pope’s name was not mentioned.
Meanwhile, Madsen helped the Lakers knock off the Utah Jazz, 113-109, Sunday in Los Angeles. The Voice of the Jazz, David Locke, caught up with Madsen and reported on Twitter: “Had a wonderful conversation before the game with Mark Madsen, Lakers assistant coach. (BYU basketball) would be in amazing hands if they turned the program over to Madsen. Great energy. Smart basketball mind. Believes in program and BYU basketball.”
The Lakers conclude the season Tuesday at home against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Peery, who hails from Payson, has served as an assistant coach at a variety of schools — Southern Utah, Snow College, Utah Valley, Portland State, Utah, Arizona State and Santa Clara. He was also the head coach at Southern Idaho and Indian Hills junior colleges, where he won 86 percent of his games. In two seasons at Portland State, Peery has compiled a 36-30 record.
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Lewis arrived at BYU in 2015 — filling the void left by Pope when he became the head coach at UVU — as an assistant under Dave Rose. Lewis was the head coach at Lone Peak High, where in 12 seasons he posted a 250-45 mark and captured seven state championships. He led the Knights to the MaxPreps national high school championship in 2013. Prior to that, Lewis was an assistant coach at Southern Utah, UVU and BYU-Hawaii.
After a 14-year tenure, Rose announced his retirement on March 26. Coaching staffs from around the country, including BYU’s former staff, have been in Minneapolis attending the Final Four.