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BYU junior left fielder Rylee Jensen had a phenomenal week in three games against Pacific, batting .900 while totaling nine hits, five runs and four RBI as well as hitting a homer, a triple and a double. Including her two walks, Jensen reached base safely in 11 of 12 plate appearances over the weekend.

All of that success resulted in Jensen being honored as Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Tuesday.

So what would Jensen do as an encore when the Cougars hosted Utah Valley in the Crosstown Clash on Tuesday night?

The junior stepped in as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the first inning, watched two balls go by, then hammered the third pitch over the wall in center field for her seventh four-bagger of the year.

That solo shot started the offense rolling for the game as BYU blasted two more home runs on its way to the 9-1 win in five innings.

\u201cHopefully that sets the tone for the entire team but that\u2019s just my job,\u201d Jensen said. \u201cIt\u2019s to get on base and hopefully the team will score me. I just made it easy for myself. I just feel like my goal is to set the tone early.\u201d

Cougar head coach Gordon Eakin said Jensen did her job perfectly and got the team going.

\u201cRylee has been doing that a lot for us this year, especially lately,\u201d he said. \u201cShe\u2019s a deadly leadoff hitter for us and she set the tone in the first inning. That\u2019s what we\u2019ve been doing lately.\u201d

Jensen almost duplicated the feat on her second at-bat in the bottom of the second inning, smashing the ball off the wall in left-center field just a foot from the top.

\u201cThat was a change-up,\u201d Jensen said with a grin.

Jensen ended up 2-for-3 on the day with two RBI to continue her impressive streak.

\u201cIt\u2019s super-fun and I\u2019m enjoying every moment of it because I know there will be times where I\u2019m not hitting the ball well,\u201d she said. \u201cRight now I\u2019m trying to do everything I can for my team. I\u2019m seeing the ball well.\u201d

Eakin said even though Jensen\u2019s numbers have her on track to getting more national recognition, she also is a great team player.

\u201cI went up to her in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded and said I know you can hit a grand slam here but we need to give someone else an opportunity,\u201d Eakin said. \u201cShe said, \u2018yeah, let\u2019s do it.\u2019 I fought that decision for a moment because she is having such a good year that her numbers are important for her to make a run at being All-American. But she is such a selfless player that she and I decided the right thing to do was to give others opportunities.\u201d

BYU\u2019s overall hitting numbers were impressive: 11 hits on 22 at-bats with nine different players getting hits.

In addition to Jensen\u2019s homer, freshman second baseman Alyssa Podhurcak hit her first career long ball over the fence and senior Olivia Sanchez hit her fourth home run of the season.

The Cougar pitching and defense also took care of business, finishing with two errors but sophomore Autumn Moffat and junior Kerisa Viramontes scattered three hits from the circle and only gave up the single unearned run.

\u201cWe played well,\u201d Eakin said. \u201cWe\u2019ve been on a roll and it continued tonight. We are playing with confidence. We pitched well. We defended OK, although we\u2019ve been defending better than we did tonight. Then we also hit well.\u201d

BYU now gets ready for one of the toughest tests of the season as the Cougars host No. 3-ranked Washington at Gail Miller Field on Wednesday.

\u201cWashington is ranked for a reason and a repeat World Series team for a reason,\u201d Eakin said. \u201cWe definitely have a challenge tomorrow but right now we are playing with confidence. We\u2019ve had our ups and downs this season but with the difficult schedule we\u2019ve played and the way we are coming together, I like the way we are playing. I think it will be a dogfight.\u201d

Jensen knows that the Huskies have excellent pitchers and said this is a tremendously valuable opportunity for her as a batter.

\u201cWe literally have nothing to lose and we know that,\u201d she said. \u201cIt makes me excited because I know that even if I don\u2019t get a hit I can get better. If we are going to make it as far as we want to make it, then we\u2019re going to see that kind of pitching throughout the postseason.\u201d

BYU and Washington are scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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Utah Valley University knows how to throw a party.

There was a festive atmosphere at the Nuvi Center on Monday as the men\u2019s basketball program celebrated the hiring of Mark Madsen as its new head coach.

His comments \u2014 and those of UVU President Astrid Tuminez \u2014 were frequently interrupted by applause and at one point Madsen\u2019s father-in-law yelled out, \u201cMad Dog!\u201d which was Madsen\u2019s nickname as a player in college and in the NBA.

Optimism and enthusiasm are typical in these situations. The full weight of Madsen\u2019s new job hasn\u2019t yet hit him, there are no losses on his ledger and Wolverine fans have vivid dreams of NCAA Tournaments.

It was interesting to contrast two coaching hire news conferences just five days apart. The BYU news conference introducing Mark Pope as head coach was a small affair at the BYU Broadcast Building, a bit subdued like a church meeting.

The UVU news conference was more like a pep rally.

Let your Wolverine freak flag fly.

Regardless, both BYU and UVU have coaches who bring with them unique experiences. Pope played at Kentucky and in the NBA, whereas the man he replaced, Dave Rose, played at the University of Houston and came up through the junior college ranks as a coach.

At Utah Valley, Madsen brings with him his NBA playing experience and a large group of influencers and pros as contacts.

Hey, how many coaches in Utah have NBA legend Shaquille O\u2019Neal on speed dial?

Madsen was one of the names submitted as a possible head coaching candidate for BYU. He was part of Luke Walton\u2019s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers that was let go last week.

His week got better in a hurry. He was interviewed on Thursday and by Sunday was on his way to Orem.

Last week I received a letter from Madsen\u2019s mother Erlyn.

(A letter is a piece of paper with writing on it that comes through the postal service, kids. People used to communicate this way. Ask your parents about it.)

Erlyn Madsen is obviously proud of what her son had accomplished during his playing and coaching career, but what caught my eye was a story she shared about the friendship between Mark and Shaq.

Apparently, O\u2019Neal took a shine to the young Laker rookie back in 2000. O\u2019Neal had just signed a huge new contract and took Madsen with him to pick out Rolex watches for the entire Laker family.

O\u2019Neal offered to buy Madsen a car (he declined). Then they went clothes shopping and Madsen allowed O\u2019Neal to buy him one shirt and one pair of pants. What Madsen didn\u2019t know was that O\u2019Neal had people grabbing dozens of shirts and pants in the same size and hiding them behind the counter to give him later.

Madsen\u2019s mother pointed out that even though reports last week indicated Madsen had attempted to become a BYU assistant previously but hadn\u2019t gotten the job, that wasn\u2019t true.

So don\u2019t believe everything you read.

What is true is that Madsen was interviewed for the Utah Valley head coaching job four years ago. The Wolverines hired Pope instead, but kept tabs on Madsen. A source close to the interview process said the UVU brass was impressed with how much Madsen had matured over the past four years.

Madsen is a great choice for the Utah Valley basketball program, a very good situation for him to break into college coaching. Even with Jake Toolson and Baylee Steele in the transfer portal, there is talent in Orem. And it\u2019s a good job for a coach looking to be upwardly mobile at some point.

One aspect of this whole process that really struck me was the impact these hires will have on both schools in terms of assistant coaches. Many of UVU\u2019s assistants were at the news conference, leaning over the rails on the upper deck of the Nuvi Center. UVU\u2019s guys \u2014 Chris Burgess, Cody Fueger, Eric Daniels, Bobby Horodyski and BYU\u2019s guys \u2014 Quincy Lewis, Tim LaComb, Lee Cummard, Andrew May, Garrett Faucett and Nate Austin \u2014 have had their lives turned upside down the past couple of weeks. Sure, they got into the business knowing that\u2019s all part of the deal, but it can\u2019t be easy waiting around for what comes next.

As for Madsen, this is his first head coaching gig. As an NBA assistant, his duties were pretty straight forward. The college experience is multi-layered with academics and recruiting playing huge roles. The pressure to win is enormous.

I don\u2019t know how more guys don\u2019t end up curled up in ball in their office at four in the morning having a nervous breakdown.

Now, the party is over. Expectations will be high after the Wolverines have won 24 an 25 games the past two seasons. It\u2019s time to create the process that will lead to success.

You\u2019re up, Mad Dog.

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Before new UVU head men\u2019s basketball coach Mark Madsen walked up to the podium at the NUVI Basketball Center in Orem on Monday for his first press conference as a Wolverine, he was introduced by UVU president Astrid Tuminez.

\u201cWith Coach Mark Madsen, we continue the tradition of having a coach who is at least two feet taller than the president,\u201d Tuminez joked, comparing her 4-foot-11 frame to that of Madsen (6-foot-9) and former Wolverine head coach Mark Pope (6-foot-10).

Madsen may bring a similar physique to that of Pope, who left to take the head coaching position at BYU, but that certainly isn\u2019t the only similarity.

He also brings winning experience, tremendous work ethic and \u2014 most importantly \u2014 a strong belief in the potential of the Wolverine hoops program.

\u201cOne thing I noticed when I walked into this room (at the practice facility) was legacy,\u201d Madsen said during the press conference. \u201cThis is a legacy and culture of greatness, one I will continue. This program has a rich history in basketball. Dick Hunsaker brought the program from the junior-college level to the Division-I level, something that had never been done before and never will be done again. I think the job Mark Pope did here is incredible. I called Mark Pope this morning and told him that he left big shoes to fill, but that I would do my very best. This school has a legacy of greatness and growth, one that will continue.\u201d

Tuminez said the process to select Madsen wasn\u2019t an easy one, even though it happened quickly.

\u201cWhat was amazing was that as soon as Coach Pope had made his official announcement, a lot of people contacted us,\u201d she said. \u201cI think that is kudos to the outgoing staff and the players because they had had a tremendous season. When you see a team like this, one that is scrappy, with what they have done with their ambition, their practice and their performance, a lot of interest was expressed.\u201d

There was no time to waste, since this is an important recruiting and development time.

\u201cWe had some very deep discussions about having to do it fast, getting a short list,\u201d Tuminez said. \u201cI think we were very thorough and worked around the clock. In the last four days, I\u2019ve slept maybe 16 hours because I wanted to be thorough. It was a hard decision.\u201d

Tuminez doesn\u2019t see herself as an athletics person but said she has had a lot of experience when it comes to hiring and finding the right fit. Madsen said she was very involved in the interview process.

\u201cPresident Tuminez said, \u2018I have a question. I\u2019m a 7-foot recruit from Los Angeles. What would you tell me to get me to come to UVU?\u2019\u201d Madsen said during the press conference. \u201cShe was completely serious. I looked her in the eye and gave her the pitch.\u201d

Tuminez said the final decision came down to doing what she felt would be the best thing for the Wolverine basketball program moving forward.

\u201cWhat you look for in a coach is a history of winning, someone who understands competition,\u201d Tuminez said. \u201cFor me, the what is as important as the how. Do they understand the importance of athletics, the community, the fans, the donors, the parents? Will they be able to inspire and put in all the hard work? It\u2019s also a balance because you have many stakeholders when you are a head coach. Athletics to me is a wonderful element to have in a university, something where we do our best and achieve more than we even think we are capable of achieving. At the end of the day, you can only have one head coach. You pick the best who can bring us to the next level of our game. I believe we made a great choice.\u201d

Madsen made it immediately clear that he is setting the sights of his UVU program to be at the highest level.

\u201cMy goal here at UVU is to make the NCAA tournament and to have a deep run,\u201d Madsen said in the press conference.

He believes the current Wolverine squad has a lot of talent, explaining that as he prepared to interview for the job he took the time to evaluate each player.

\u201cThe minute I thought about a possible interview, I felt like I needed to know exactly what was going on with the program,\u201d Madsen said. \u201cI had only a few days to do that but it was exciting to watch the tape. This team had a great season. It was fun to watch the tape and see how skilled and talented they are already. I did see some ideas that I have for skillwork for almost every single player. I\u2019m excited to see the players in the gym and start teaching them. I love the players on this team. I\u2019ve only just started getting to know them, after getting in yesterday. I can already tell you I\u2019m incredibly impressed with this group of young men.\u201d

His first emphasis is to recruit the current UVU players, to get them to stay and buy in to what Madsen wants to do.

He also plans to expand the net, to recruit hard throughout the country and the world to get the best players he can.

\u201cRecruiting will be a priority and we start this week,\u201d Madsen said in the press conference.

He explained that his on-court approach will have some similarities to what the Wolverines did under Pope.

\u201cWith the way the game is moving, it\u2019s about more space and more opportunities to express the individual\u2019s talent,\u201d Madsen said. \u201cWe will generate open 3-pointers and attacks to the basket. It\u2019s a similar style to what has been done here recently. We will also pride ourselves on skill development.\u201d

The new UVU coach knows there is a tremendous amount of work to do as he assembles his staff and gets training with the players, but said he is excited to get at it.

\u201cI feel excited about the opportunity,\u201d Madsen said. \u201cThere is no other place I would rather be than here at Utah Valley. I\u2019m excited to implement my vision and my philosophy but the main thing is to help each one of these players achieve their full potential.\u201d

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Here\u2019s what\u2019s going on inside Darnell\u2019s head.

It\u2019s been eight years since Jimmer Fredette led BYU to the Sweet 16 and captured the hearts of basketball fans everywhere.

I expect a lot of baptismal announcements for boys named \u201cJimmer\u201d this spring.

Let\u2019s get started

One of my favorite moments from Utah Valley\u2019s \u201cToughest 24 Hours of Basketball\u201d trip a couple of years ago took place on the tarmac at an airport in North Carolina.

The Wolverines had lost to Kentucky at Rupp Arena and flew to Durham, North Carolina, for a game against Duke the next day. It was about midnight and the entire travel party waited, delayed because the luggage cart hadn\u2019t arrived.

When it showed up, UVU coach Mark Pope and his players all rushed out to help unload the bags, at once becoming the tallest group of baggage handlers in the country.

That\u2019s Pope in a nutshell: What needs done? Let\u2019s get after it.

Did BYU get their man? I think they did, if only for the fact that Pope and his staff will have a different approach than the previous group. The program had grown stale and needed a jolt.

Pope can provide that.

Tiger and Tony

Quite a day for golf on Sunday as Tiger Woods won his first Masters since 2005 and Tony Finau made all of Utah proud by tying for fifth place.

It\u2019s pretty interesting how everyone goes nuts for Woods, despite his long drought and shady past. Hopefully, he\u2019s learned from his mistakes and has tried to live a better life.

And hopefully Finau doesn\u2019t have to make those same mistakes along the way.

Energize

By the way, is it just me, or when you hear the term \u201ctransfer portal\u201d do you think of Star Trek and the words, \u201cBeam me up, Scotty?\u201d

The process continues

The BYU women\u2019s volleyball team completed its spring schedule by winning four sets against Weber State on Friday. As you recall, the Cougars had a spectacular 2018, spending most of the season ranked No. 1 and reaching the NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis.

I watched five spring matches and have some observations.

Replacing two all-timers \u2014 All-Americans Roni Jones-Perry and Lyndie Haddock-Eppich \u2014 is certainly a work in progress. Jones-Perry went from a good player as a freshman to a national player of the year candidate as a senior and Haddock-Eppich was a three-year starter at what might be the most crucial position of all, setter.

So far, I don\u2019t see a \u201cterminator\u201d on the offense. That\u2019s not a term I made up, but I like it. Jones-Perry was a terminator, in that when you got her the ball, she put it down for a point on most occasions.

BYU\u2019s all-time leader in kills, Alexa Gray, was a terminator, and when she graduated in 2015, she was difficult to replace. Eventually, Jones-Perry emerged as a terminator.

It was good to see senior McKenna Miller back on the floor against Weber State. She didn\u2019t play any live moments, just served the ball and ran off the court during her rotation. But she looks to be well on her way recovering from the devastating knee injury she suffered near the end of last season.

As for setter, I think BYU is very good hands, so to speak. Senior Kiani Moea\u2019i has patiently waited her turn, playing behind Haddock-Eppich for three seasons. From what I observed, Moea\u2019i is very good at her craft and has hands so soft she could catch a raindrop without getting wet.

A talented freshman recruiting class could make a pretty big impact as well, and they show up in August.

An added bonus

Speaking of freshmen, there\u2019s a cool story in the Idaho Press Tribune about a future Cougar who is reclassifying for 2019.

Danny Bower and Carolyn Steuer Bower played basketball and volleyball, respectively, for BYU in the mid-1990s. Oldest daughter Morgan, a libero and the Idaho Player of the Year in 2018, is already with the Cougars after graduating in December from Skyview High School in Nampa.

Whitney Bower, a setter, committed to BYU as a freshman. She was looking forward to playing her senior season with sophomore sister Eden next year at Skyview. But Eden is going to miss all of 2019 with a knee issue.

So Whitney is taking 16 classes and enrolled in nine online courses in an attempt to earn her high school diploma so she can join Morgan and the Cougars in August.

Vamos, vamos Argentina

Kudos to soccer fans in Utah County for showing up to the BYU-Argentina exhibition soccer game last week. The stands were full and other fans lined up along the fence and behind the east goal. Getting 3-4,000 fans for an exhibition match in April? I think the valley has a lot of soccer fans that represented.

That\u2019s it for now, but for this: My housekeeping style is best described as \u201cthere appears to have been a struggle.\u201d Sorry, honey, I\u2019m doing my best.

Have a great week because spring is coming back. I promise.

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When BYU hired UVU men\u2019s basketball coach Mark Pope to take over its vacant head coaching job earlier in the week, the word was that the Wolverines would move quickly.

UVU did just that, only needing four days to announce its own hiring.

The school announced Sunday morning that the Wolverines would introduce former Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen on Monday as the new head basketball coach.

\u201cUtah Valley University is an amazing institution, and I\u2019m excited to be the new head coach at the largest and fastest-growing school in the state of Utah,\u201d Madsen said in the press release. \u201cI love the mission that President (Astrid) Tuminez has put forth for the university, and I am excited to be a part of it. I can\u2019t wait to get to work and start helping our players achieve their goals.\u201d

The announcement confirmed reports from ESPN earlier Sunday morning on the hiring.

Madsen brings impressive basketball experience to the school as he was a successful college and professional player as well as being in coaching for the last decade.

That time included a two-year stint as an assistant coach for the Utah Flash in 2009-10, which played at the UCCU Center in Orem.

Tuminez was also quoted in the press release as she endorsed the new hire.

\u201cMark Madsen has reached the pinnacle of his sport as an NBA champion \u2014 not once, but twice. He knows what it takes to succeed in basketball and in life,\u201d Tuminez said in the release. \u201cOff the court, Coach Madsen earned a bachelor\u2019s degree in economics and an MBA before launching an extensive coaching career. With his strengths and experience, he will inspire our student-athletes in and out of competition, and will help us build even stronger relationships with our broader UVU community.\u201d

The Wolverines are coming off a 25-win season under Pope\u2019s direction with a large majority of the team slated to return. Members of the previous UVU coaching staff were considered top candidates to take over the program but the school elected to go in a different direction with the selection of Madsen.

The new coach was reportedly meeting with the Wolverine players on Sunday before having his first press conference in his new role on Monday.

Here is the complete press release from UVU:

\u201cTwo-time NBA champion, former Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach, and former Stanford University basketball star Mark Madsen will officially be named the men\u2019s basketball head coach at Utah Valley University on Monday, becoming just the third coach for men\u2019s basketball in UVU\u2019s 16-year Division I history.

\u201c\u2018Mark Madsen has reached the pinnacle of his sport as an NBA champion \u2014 not once, but twice. He knows what it takes to succeed in basketball and in life,\u2019 said Astrid S. Tuminez, president of UVU. \u2018Off the court, Coach Madsen earned a bachelor\u2019s degree in economics and an MBA before launching an extensive coaching career. With his strengths and experience, he will inspire our student-athletes in and out of competition, and will help us build even stronger relationships with our broader UVU community.\u2019

\u201cMadsen will take over the Utah Valley program after serving the past six seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a two-time NBA champion as a player with the Lakers (2001 and 2002), and he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves for six seasons.

\u201c\u2018Utah Valley University is an amazing institution, and I\u2019m excited to be the new head coach at the largest and fastest-growing school in the state of Utah,\u2019 said Madsen. \u2018I love the mission that President Tuminez has put forth for the university, and I am excited to be a part of it. I can\u2019t wait to get to work and start helping our players achieve their goals.\u2019

\u201cFollowing his playing career, Madsen served as an assistant coach during the 2009-10 season with the Utah Flash of the NBA G League before returning to his alma mater, Stanford University, where he earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2012. That same year, he was named an assistant coach at Stanford on Johnny Dawkins\u2019 staff and spent the 2012-13 season working in recruiting, opponent game planning, and player skill development.

\u201cMadsen spent four years as a player at Stanford (1996-2000), where he earned All-American honors in each of his final two seasons while helping the Cardinals to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1998 Final Four. He gained the nickname \u2018Mad Dog\u2019 while at Stanford for his aggressive style of play. The nickname stayed with him throughout his NBA career. Madsen averaged 10.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game during his four seasons with the Cardinals. He ranks fourth all-time in field goal percentage (58.7) and sixth in rebounds (857). During his time at Stanford, the team compiled an impressive 105-24 overall record.

\u201c\u2018Mark Madsen embodies the mission and vision that we strive for here at UVU. He\u2019s hungry and filled with passion. Coach Madsen will work tirelessly to help his players achieve their dreams,\u2019 said Dr. Jared Sumsion, interim athletic director.

\u201cA native of Danville, Calif., Madsen earned his undergraduate degree in economics in 2000. He graduated from San Ramon Valley High School and served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Spain. He and his wife, Hannah, have one son, William.\u201d

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When Mark Pope was introduced as BYU\u2019s new men\u2019s basketball coach on Wednesday, he said, \u201cThis basketball cycle, this coaching carousel, is really interesting.\u201d

That carousel extends to players, too.

There are bound to be changes, defections and additions on the BYU basketball roster as Pope brings in his own guys. At his former school, the exodus has already begun with Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year Jake Toolson opting to leave Utah Valley University and enter the transfer portal, per several sources.

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According to a source, #UVU guard Jake Toolson is officially in the NCAA Transfer Portal. The reigning WAC Player of the Year will be highly sought-after. #USU, #BYUhoops will be among programs that will pursue him as a graduate transfer.

\u2014 Yawk Talk (@JacobCHatch) April 12, 2019\n
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The 6-foot-5 guard from Gilbert, Arizona, began his career at BYU but left the school before the start of his sophomore season. He\u2019s made a nice home in Orem, averaging 15.7 points while shooting 54 percent from the field, 45 percent from the 3-point line and 85 percent from the line last year. The Wolverines were eliminated in the WAC semifinals and won one game in the College Basketball Invitational before dropping out in the second round. UVU won a school-record 25 games in 2018-19.

Toolson struggled down the stretch of the season, shooting just 36 percent from the field (14 of 39) and 20 percent (4 of 20) from the 3-point line in the final four games.

Wherever Toolson ends up would be his third school, which in the olden days (in other words, just a few years ago) would have carried a stigma that he was not dedicated or a problem to work with. That’s not the case anymore as college basketball moves closer and closer to free agency. As of Friday, there were 594 players who have transferred or are in the transfer portal, according to http://verbalcommits.com. Some of those players are looking for more playing time at a smaller school, but in Toolson’s case, he will reportedly be a graduate transfer who essentially becomes a “gun for hire” who can play right away for some lucky Division I program.

Utah Valley \u2014 which has an interim athletic director right now \u2014 is searching for a new coach but its pretty obvious Toolson wants to explore his options, which may include returning to UVU once all the smoke has cleared.

Toolson was recruited by BYU, Arizona State, Boston College, Utah State and Saint Mary\u2019s out of high school. It\u2019s not likely he will follow Pope to Provo, according to sources close to the UVU program.

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Utah Valley assistant coach Cody Fueger has been named interim head coach of the UVU men\u2019s basketball team until a national search is completed to replace Mark Pope, who announced Wednesday he is departing UVU to become the men\u2019s basketball head coach at Brigham Young University.

\u201cMark Pope\u2019s impact on Utah Valley University basketball is even bigger than his 6\u201910\u201d frame,\u201d said Astrid S. Tuminez, president of Utah Valley University. \u201cWhile 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.\u201d

Fueger just wrapped up his fourth season as an assistant coach at UVU. He has 16 years of collegiate coaching experience with stops at Utah, Louisiana Tech, UC Riverside, Utah State, BYU and Utah Valley.

Pope, who spent four seasons with Utah Valley, took the program to historic, record-breaking heights. Under his direction, the 2018-19 Wolverines wrapped up non-conference play with an 11-4 record, which is the best non-league record in school history. The 11-4 record was capped off with a 68-64 road win at Fresno State on Dec. 29, one of the best non-conference wins in school history.

Pope\u2019s team won 22 straight games at the UCCU Center, the second-longest active home winning streak in the nation. The team won 14 in a row at home to end the 2017-18 season and followed that with eight straight home wins to start the most recent season.

During the 2018-19 season, Pope\u2019s team won its first-ever preseason tournament as the team claimed the middleweight championship belt at the MGM Main Event in Las Vegas, with wins over Hartford and Long Beach State. UVU also picked up its first-ever road win against Weber State in Ogden, defeating the Wildcats 75-63.

Pope\u2019s squad finished second in the WAC standings for a second straight season with an impressive 12-4 conference record. Pope led his 2018-19 team to a school-record 25 wins and a third-straight appearance in the College Basketball Invitational. With these wins, UVU secured back-to-back 20-plus win seasons for the first time in UVU history. His team also picked up a win over CSUN in the first round of the CBI, marking the third-straight season that the Wolverines have won a game in a national postseason tournament.

Under his guidance, Jake Toolson became the first UVU player in school history to earn WAC Player of the Year honors, while Wyatt Lowell became the first-ever player to receive WAC Freshman of the Year honors. Conner Toolson was named to the WAC All-Tournament team as the Wolverines made a third-straight appearance in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament. This past season, Jake Toolson also became the second player in UVU history to earn AP All-American Honorable Mention honors.

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GREELEY, Colo. \u2014 Ryan Eastburn recorded five hits with two doubles and three RBI in an 11-10 setback to Northern Colorado in the final game of a three-game series at Jackson Field in Greeley. Despite the loss, UVU takes the series, 2-1.

Utah Valley falls to 7-23 overall and 4-5 in WAC play with the loss. Northern Colorado improved to 7-20 overall and 3-6 in league play. UVU scored its 10 runs on 21 hits while UNC recorded its 11 runs on just 12 hits. Both teams each committed one error.

Utah Valley got on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning as Pacen Hayes doubled to left and then scored as Jake Plecas doubled to right. Plecas then crossed the plate on a Kody Hall single to left field, giving the Wolverines an early 2-0 advantage.

With two runners on base in the top of the third inning, Mick Madsen singled to center to load the bases for UVU with just one out. Hayes then singled to left to score both Drew Sims and Alexander Marco. Madsen then scored the third run of the inning after Plecas singled to right to give the Wolverines a 5-0 lead.

After Northern Colorado scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning to tie the score a 5-5, Utah Valley retook the lead with a run on the top of the fourth. Michael Beltran singled to center and then scored on a Eastburn double to left to put the Wolverines back ahead, 6-5.

UVU\u2019s Plecas singled to open the fifth inning. Trevor Howell then reached on a fielder\u2019s choice before Hall walked to lead the bases for UVU with no outs. Eastern doubled in his plate appearance in the fifth that scored both Hall and Plecas to extend UVU\u2019s lead to a 8-5 advantage after five innings of play.

Northern Colorado got three runs back in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game, 8-8. UVU opened the top of the eighth inning with four straight hits. Eastburn singled to center, Marco singled to left, Sims singled to left, and Madsen singled to center, which resulted in both Eastburn and Marco crossing the plate to put the Wolverines back in the lead 10-8.

The Bears had a three-run inning in the bottom of the eighth after Jack Pauley hit a two-run homer to left and Jake Gitter singled to left to score S Leach. The three runs gave the Bears an 11-10 lead. UNC then held UVU scoreless in the top of the ninth to secure the win.

Utah Valley will remain in the Centennial State to take on Air Force on Monday and Tuesday. Monday\u2019s series opener will begin at 3 p.m.

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SAN DIEGO \u2014 A big day at the plate by sophomore Jackson Cluff and the Cougars catapulted No. 24 BYU to a 17-4 win over San Diego on Saturday at Fowler Park.

Cluff reached base every time he stepped up, hitting a two-RBI double in the first and a grand slam in the second, earning an RBI on a walk in the fourth, hitting a two-RBI single in the fifth, walking in the sixth and hitting a single in the ninth. All told, the sophomore finished 4-for-4 with nine RBIs, three runs and two walks.

\u201cI\u2019m really proud of the guys for putting the tough loss Friday night behind them and coming out and getting a must-win today,\u201d BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said.

With two swings in two innings, Cluff and the Cougars went up 6-0 on the Toreros. A single by Noah Hill and double by Brock Hale were followed by Cluff\u2019s double down the left field line in the first inning.

In the second, Keaton Kringlen was hit by a pitch, Brian Hsu singled and Hill drew a walk to load the bases. With two outs and a 2-0 count, Cluff brought four runs in with a grand slam to right field.

San Diego scored one run in the third, but BYU piled on three more in the fourth with the top of the order again coming through. Hsu singled and Hill and Hale drew walks to again load the bases for Cluff, who drew a third-straight walk for BYU on a 3-2 count to score Hsu.

Austin Deming followed Cluff with a sacrifice fly before Mitch McIntyre\u2019s single scored Hale and pushed the Cougar lead to 9-1.

Five more BYU runs came in the fifth on five hits, including a two-RBI single by Cluff, a two-RBI double by Deming and a single by McIntyre. A single from Casey Jacobsen in the sixth brought in a single run.

On a day of offense, sophomore Justin Sterner threw strong from the mound to hold down the Toreros and earn his team-high sixth win of the season. Sterner went 5.2 innings and allowed three runs and a walk with four strikeouts.

Deming tacked on a late two-run homer in the seventh, the first of his BYU career, to finish with a career-best five RBIs.

BYU will next go up against Utah in Provo at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

\u2014 BYU Athletics

Sims sacrifice fly helps UVU pick up win over Northern Colorado: At Greeley, Colorado, Drew Sims hit a sacrifice fly that scored Kody Hall for the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning to lead Utah Valley to a 5-4 road win at Northern Colorado on Saturday afternoon at Jackson Field in Greeley, Colorado. UVU secures the series win with two victories heading into Sunday\u2019s final game.

UVU improves to 7-22 overall and evens its WAC record at 4-4. UNC falls to 6-20 overall and 2-6 in league play. UVU scored its five runs on nine hits while committing only one error. Northern Colorado tallied its four runs on seven hits.

With the Wolverines trailing 4-3 in the top of the ninth, Trevor Howell was hit by a pitch and took first to open the inning. Kody Hall then singled to right to put Howell in scoring position on third. Michael Beltran then knocked Howell in with a single to right field to tie the game at 4-4. Ryan Eastburn then sacrificed Beltran to second and Hall to third. Alexander Marco was then intentionally walked to load the bases with just one out. Sims helped give the Wolverines the lead as he hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Hall from third to give UVU a 5-4 advantage.

Jesse Schmit closed out the game on the mound for the Wolverines, taking down the Bears in order to secure UVU the 5-4 victory. Blake Zeleny picked up the win on the mound as he improves to 1-1 on the year. The save is Schmit\u2019s fourth of the season.

Paxton Shultz worked 6.2 innings, striking out an impressive nine batters. He gave up seven hits and four runs while walking five. Zeleny pitched 1.1 innings without giving up a run. He tallied a pair of strikeouts and walked just one batter.

Eastburn led the Wolverines at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Hall and Beltran each went 2-for-3 on the day. Hall led UVU with two runs scored. Sims and Howell each registered a hit and scored a run.

Utah Valley goes for the series sweep against Northern Colorado at noon Sunday at Jackson Field.

\u2014 UVU Athletics

Cougar softball takes two from Loyola Marymount: At Los Angeles, BYU softball earned wins in two intensely contested games against Loyola Marymount on Saturday afternoon to open West Coast Conference play with the series victory.

\u201cAfter a tough loss yesterday to open the series, we played two complete games today in a very intense environment,\u201d BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. \u201cBoth Autumn Moffat and Arissa Paulson pitch great games, our defense was stellar and we made great adjustments offensively throughout each of the two games. It was a great team effort.\u201d

With Game One tied in the top of the seventh, lead-off hitter Lexi Tarrowsingled to right field to get BYU on base. Autumn Moffat advanced her to second on a sacrifice bunt, before a wild pitch sent Tarrow to third. After LMU switched pitchers, Marissa Chavez drew a walk.

With two outs, Vander Heide hit a ball to the shortstop, tallying a controversial single to score Tarrow. Both LMU coaches were ejected after arguing with the umpires, but the call stood. With Rylee Jensen batting, Vander Heide stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error while Chavez made it across the plate to make the score 4-2.

A diving catch from Jensen followed by a sliding snag from center fielder Vander Heide ended the game in BYU\u2019s favor 4-2.

In the second game, BYU scored three runs in the top of the third on three Lion errors. In the bottom of the seventh, the Lions went three and out as Paulson struck out two of the three batters to give BYU the win 5-1.

The Cougars will play their final away game before a 10-game home stand against Utah State at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Logan.

\u2014 BYU Athletics

Wolverine softball splits bill at New Mexico State: At Las Cruces, New Mexico, Brianna Moeller went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs as Utah Valley University topped New Mexico State, 9-7, in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader. The Wolverines (12-19, 4-5) dropped the night cap, 6-1, to give the Aggies (19-15, 3-3) the series win.

The Wolverines will return to Utah this coming week with a road contest at in-state rival Weber State at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Utah Valley hosts Seattle U in WAC play starting at 2 p.m. Friday before a Saturday doubleheader at 1 p.m.

\u2014 UVU Athletics

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LOS ANGELES \u2014 Despite outhitting Loyola Marymount 4 to 3, the BYU softball team dropped its first conference game 2-0 on Friday afternoon at Smith Field.

\u201cIt was a tough loss,\u201d BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. \u201cWe will look to bounce back tomorrow.\u201d

LMU (24-14, 1-0 WCC) scored the only runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Lions drew a walk before their cleanup batter sent a ball over the left field wall for a two-run home run and a 2-0 lead. With no outs, BYU pitcher Arissa Paulson managed a double play, diving to catch a bunt and then threw the ball to first base to Erin Miklus who tagged out the runner.

In the top of the sixth, Erickson singled as the ball bounced over the pitcher\u2019s head. Sugg drew a walk to get BYU into scoring position. But, both runners were left stranded as the Cougars ended the inning with a strikeout.

The Cougars were unable to overcome the Lions\u2019 two run lead in the top of the seventh, losing their first conference game of the season 2-0.

BYU finishes out conference opening weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 6. Both games will be played at Smith Field in Los Angeles with the first game beginning at noon and the second at 2:30 p.m. PT. A live stream and live stats will be available on the schedule page.

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BYU men\u2019s tennis undefeated at home after sweep of San Francisco: At Provo, No. 33 BYU men\u2019s tennis swept San Francisco 4-0 at home on Friday to close out their home matches with an undefeated 12-0 record.

The last time the Cougars held a perfect record at home was six years ago.

\u201cWe still have a lot of important matches ahead of us but finishing undefeated at home was an amazing accomplishment and these guys deserve it,\u201d BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. \u201cIt couldn\u2019t have been a better final home match, going undefeated, having our seniors perform so well and having a great crowd. It was the perfect ending to our home match season.\u201d

BYU honored its two seniors, Matthew Pearce and Jeffrey Hsu, at the end of the match. Both seniors claimed doubles and singles victories to close out their BYU career at home.

The Cougars finish out the regular season on the road against WCC foes Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine next week on Friday and Saturday. Live stats and a live stream will be available on the men\u2019s tennis schedule page.

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Wolverine baseball edges out Northern Colorado: At Greeley, Colorado, Alexander Marco and Mick Madsen each tallied three hits to lead Utah Valley to a 9-6 road win over Northern Colorado in the first game of a three-game series at Jackson Field in Greeley, Colorado.

Utah Valley improves to 6-22 overall and 3-4 in WAC play. Northern Colorado falls to 6-19 overall and 2-5 in league play.

Utah Valley scored its nine runs on 13 hits while not committing an error. Northern Colorado scored its six runs on 12 hits.

Jake Carr worked 7.0 innings on the mound to earn the win. He tallied seven strikeouts while giving up only eight hits on the 31 batters he faced. Cole Yocum went 1.2 innings and allowed just two earned runs. Romeo Carrillo came in to register the final out with a strikeout to help preserve the victory and record his first collegiate save.

Marco and Madsen each had three hits on the day to lead the Wolverines at the plate. Marco went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. He had one home run on the day. Madsen went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. He scored two runs and had an RBI. Ryan Eastburn and Pacen Hayes each helped with two hits apiece.

Utah Valley will continue play in the three-game series at Northern Colorado as the two teams will meet up at 1 p.m. Saturday at 1 p.m.

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