BYU head basketball coach Kevin Young in a blue suit at his first press conference

Landing at BYU

President C. Shane Reese first shared the news at Tuesday’s Unforum, noting that Kevin Young, the new head coach of BYU men’s basketball, is “an amazing family man, a humble follower of our Savior Jesus Christ, and an absolutely brilliant basketball mind.” Then on Wednesday evening, BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe officially introduced Kevin Young at a press conference. But some questions remained. Is Kevin related to Steve and Brigham Young? (Yes.) Why did the highest-paid assistant coach in the NBA decide to take a job at BYU? (Hint: faith and family.) Finally, how was BYU able to move so quickly to interview and hire Coach Young? For answers to these questions and insights into the Young family, read this inspiring Deseret News article.

A crazy-eyed animated cat.

Cat Fight

BYU’s Center for Animation clinched its 20th Student Emmy at the 2024 College Television Awards for The Witch’s Cat, a whimsical tale of romance and rivalry with a witch, her boyfriend, and a mischievous dragon-cat. BYU AdLab students also swept all three nominations in the commercial category: the winning ad was “No One Is Alone,” which depicts a touching story of a loving family and the impact of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Happy Dance

Before leaving Provo for the 2024 NDA College Cheer and Dance Championships in Florida, where they won their 25th and 26th national titles, the BYU Cougarettes shared a preview of their jazz routine. See their performance here. The team also claimed the NDA national championship title in the hip-hop category. The BYU cheer squad finished second and third in the coed and game-day divisions at the competition.

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A Refreshing Hit

The next time you’re at your local movie theater, be on the lookout for “Signs of Friendship,” a Coca-Cola commercial created by BYU AdLab students. Adam Sheets and Destinee Neville’s spot was recently announced as the 2024 Red Ribbon Grand Prize Winner of the Coca-Cola Refreshing Films program—a contest allowing students a chance to create a branded spot for the big screen. Check it out.

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Musical Promptings

The BYU Singers recently joined the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for the weekly broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. Preview the music and transcript or watch the full episode.

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Podcast: Miles of Inspiration

Recent BYU grad Isaiah Shields walked 8,600 miles across 28 states in 500 days, wearing out 14 pairs of shoes. In the latest Y Magazine podcast episode, listen in for Shields’s experiences braving the elements, sharing powerful moments with ordinary people, and feeling the satisfaction of challenge. Subscribe to future episodes at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or YouTube.

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Leaper of Faith

Former BYU star and current New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill is a man of faith, and he’s not shy about sharing it. Hear him talk on the Case Studies podcast about how his belief in God's plan for him and his family guides him. Read the story or listen to the podcast.

BYU Cougarettes and Vocal Point perform together

Never Alone

In a rain-swept, light-filled collaboration with the Cougarettes, BYU Vocal Point shares a soulful rendition of the contemporary Christian song “Trenches.” On Instagram Vocal Point shares that this song is for anyone who may feel alone while fighting their battles: “In our darkest moments, our Savior is always close by, willing to help us out of the trenches.” Take a look.

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Hooked on Service

What happens when a book fairy gets caught? Pat Suggs (right) learned firsthand—frozen mid-creep on the porch—when she was discovered by the boy to whom she’d secretly been delivering books. Along with spreading literacy, Suggs has run food and clothing drives, supported community programs to address drug abuse, and served on committees to preserve local heritage and keep her town safe. Read more about this grad and her happy habit of service.

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More Holiness

The temple, rich in sacred symbolism, gently guides us toward Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. In his BYU devotional Elder Allen D. Haynie offered insights on recognizing Christ in every facet of worship in the temple. Don’t miss the latest inspiring short video from BYU Speeches.