Pay No Attention the Man behind the Curtains

When the time came to fill the vacant director of basketball operations position at BYU, new head coach Dave Rose considered candidates from around the country. However, when he finally decided on an applicant, he did not have to leave campus to extend the offer.

Last summer Terry Nashif was working hard to be noticed by BYU's head basketball coach Steve Cleveland. This summer he is working hard to not be noticed by new head coach Dave Rose.

Nashif, 25, was hired last week to be BYU's director of basketball operations. He replaces Walter Roese who was elevated to assistant coach.

"This is an unbelievable opportunity for me," Nashif said. "Coach Rose is an unbelievable man, leader and coach. I respect him so much. To be a part of his staff and to help BYU win–in a different way–is unbelievable."

Last season his job was to find teammates and get them the ball in positions to score. This year, his job is to get the team to the arenas where they can win. Travel plans are just a part of the job description for the new director of basketball operations.

"I can't be on the court at all," he said. "So I do basically everything off the court. I'll do a lot of academic work–working with the players, making sure they're going to class, making sure that they're getting their assignments in, and taking their tests on time. On the road I'll be in charge of study hall.

"I'll also do all of the travel. I'll schedule buses and practice facilities. When other teams come in, I'll schedule facilities for them. So basically everything off the court that doesn't involve stepping on the court and coaching, those are the things I'll be doing."

For the recently graduated Nashif, this is a chance to get his foot in the door of one of the more competitive and demanding occupations: collegiate athletic coaching. Nashif wants to be a coach and this will be a chance for him to get his name out. He will be able to learn from a very experienced coaching staff as well as be introduced to other coaches across the country.

Of course, from his current position coaching is not allowed. "Coach" Nashif will have to bide his time a little longer. Nashif is not allowed to break down film, give instruction or assist in skill development. But he can help the coach with off-the-court issues. He can let the coaches know about the players' lives off the court and what issues they may be dealing with on a personal level.

Coach Rose is excited to have Nashif on staff and said he will be a benefit to the staff and the program.

"The thing I like most about Terry is that he's a leader," Rose said. "He has great leadership skills. Players respect him, coaches respect him. He's young and energetic. We've got him in a position where he can do great things for our program.

"As I went through the interviewing process and talked to many people, I realized that the best person I had was right here with us. He's a disciplined worker and he does things the right way. He's an extremely responsible, detail-oriented person.

"He knows the things we've done really well in the past. He knows the things we need to improve on."

When asked where the team needs to improve, Nashif was quick to answer with a single word: confidence.

"I think towards the end of last year we lost our confidence," Nashif said. "When you go through a season like we went through, it's tough to keep your confidence. I think rebuilding that is probably most important."

But that confidence is sure to return, especially if Coach Rose and his dedicated staff have anything to say about it.

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