McGown resigns as BYU coach to spend time with family

Coach Chris McGown will no longer be on the BYU sidelines after leading the team to two NCAA Tournament appearances in the last three years.

McGown announced Tuesday that has resigned as the BYU head coach to spend more time with his family and to seek other business opportunities.

“The principal driving force behind my decision to step away was my two daughters,” McGown said in a statement. “I want to make sure the two of them are getting the best I have and I struggled to give them that with the demands of being the head coach.” 


BYU finished in the top five of the MPSF during each of McGown’s four seasons with the team. In addition, the Cougars in 2013 and 2014 became the first team to repeat as MPSF champions in almost a decade.

McGown was named the 2013 AVCA National Coach of the Year. The team that season was ranked No. 1 for a majority of the season and reached the NCAA Tournament finals.

McGown also finished a combined 88-31 and second all-time in program history with a .739 winning percentage.

“I’ve felt so much support from our staff, from our administration, and of course, our amazing fans,” McGown said. “Most of all, I’ll miss the association with our athletes – they are young men of talent, commitment and character. It’s been an honor to go to work with them every day.”

BYU returns a majority of starters after finishing last season in fifth place in the MPSF and losing in the conference tournament quarterfinals.

The BYU athletics department announced a search will begin immediately to find its next head coach.