Report: Utah Valley hires BYU assistant Mark Pope as new head coach

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Utah Valley has hired BYU assistant coach Mark Pope as its new head coach, according to a report from CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish. Pope has been an assistant coach with the Cougars since 2011 and also spent some time as an assistant at Wake Forest.

A press conference to announce a head coach is set for Tuesday, according to a Utah Valley release.

The 42-year-old Pope played at Washington and later transferred to Kentucky, where he finished out his college career in 1996. Professionally, Pope played from 1996 to 2005 in the NBA which included stops with Indiana, Milwaukee, New York and Denver.

The opening at Utah Valley was created when former head coach Dick Hunsaker stepped down at the end of the season. The Wolverines were 11-19 and 5-9 in the WAC this season and Hunsaker had been with the program since 2002, helping transition the program into Division I.