PROVO — Two weeks after BYU hired Mark Pope to lead the basketball program, Pope announced Wednesday that Cody Fueger, Chris Burgess and Nick Robinson will serve as his assistants.
Both Fueger and Burgess are following Pope from Utah Valley University while Robinson joins BYU having spent the past two years on the staff at Seattle University.
“I couldn’t be more excited about having put together this staff,” Pope said in a statement. “This group is so capable and they check every box that I require of my assistant coaches: they’re loyal, they’re exceptionally competent at player development on the court and relationship building off, they’re 24/7 guys and they all have ambitions of growing in this profession and becoming head coaches.”
Fueger and Burgess were part of Pope’s first staff at UVU in 2015 and together they guided the Wolverines from 12 victories to a program-record 25 wins in 2018-19. UVU earned three consecutive postseason appearances under Pope, Fueger and Burgess.
Players who thrived with help from Fueger at UVU include 2019 WAC Player of the Year Jake Toolson, All-WAC guard Kenneth Ogbe and guard Conner Toolson.
Prior to his time at UVU, Fueger was the director of operations under former coach Dave Rose at BYU from 2013 to 2015. He also had stints at Utah State, UC Riverside, Louisiana Tech and Utah.
During the summers of 2014 and 2017, Fueger also worked for the Utah Jazz to help oversee the organization’s pre-draft workouts and free agent mini-camps.
“Cody is a true veteran of coaching, having coached at the college level for the last 17 years in every region of the country,” Pope said. “He’s had experience in the highest levels of basketball, has recruited all around the world and has been mentored by some of the greatest coaches in the history of the game. Cody has a magical way of coaching players really hard while building strong relationships that last beyond their tenure under his tutelage.”
Burgess helped develop big men like Akolda Manyang and Wyatt Lowell at UVU while Wolverine post players were ranked among the most efficient offensive players in the nation, according to Synergy Sports.
“Chris was one of the most highly touted recruits out of high school, played in a national championship game at Duke and was coached by one of the most fundamentally sound coaches at Utah in Rick Majerus,” Pope said. “He pulls from his own personal experiences as a collegiate athlete and extensive experience as a professional career to not only teach these young men the fundamentals of the game but to also help them grow as a players and people.”
Robinson has extensive coaching experience, having served as the head coach at Southern Utah from 2012 to 2016. Before coming to BYU, Robinson was an assistant at Seattle University under coach Jim Hayford.
Robinson also coached at LSU, William Jewell College and Stanford.35 comments on this story
“Nick and I have been good friends since we entered this business. He had an extraordinary career as a college player and student at Stanford where he won at a high level,” he said. “He’s had extensive experience at Stanford, LSU, Southern Utah, William Jewell and Seattle and is a true student of this game. He’s passionate about mentoring these student-athletes and helping them reach their potential.”
As a player, Robinson was part of the Stanford program from 2001 to 2005. He helped the Cardinal to a 92-34 mark and earn four NCAA Tournament bids.