WCC + NCAA Basketball: Mark Few
Born; December 27th, 1962
Place: Creswell, Oregon
Head Coach: Gonzaga Bulldogs
Mark Few is the head coach of the Gonzaga men’s basketball team and he was promoted to the head coach after the Zags Cinderella 1999 season when the team made it to the Elite 8.
Many saw the Zags as a 1-year wonder, but with Few on the sidelines Gonzaga has been a perennial college power making it to the Big Dance every year he has been at the helm.
Few was born in Creswell, Oregon and after attending Linfield College he had big hopes to play baseball and baseball, but an injury derailed his athletic career.
He eventually transferred to the University of Oregon and graduated with a B.S. in physical education.
He was a coach at his Alma matter of Creswell High School for 2 years before being hired to be a graduate assistant at Gonzaga in 1989.
He was promoted to the head coach after the 1999 season when Dan Monson took over the coaching vacancy at Minnesota.
Few immediately proved that Gonzaga was not a one-year wonder.
In his first 2 seasons as the head coach the Zags he took the team to the Sweet 16.
At the end of his 3rd season he set the record for most wins by a head coach in his first 3 years with 81, but that record has since been broken by Brad Stevens of Butler.
Few had made the NCAA tourney in every season and he won the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year for six consecutive seasons from 2001 to 2006.
In 2005 he signed a contract extension that will keep him at Gonzaga until, at least, the 2015 season.
Few is married and has 4 children and is active in the community.
He and his wife came up with the a charity golf tournament under the Coaches vs. Cancer umbrella and since the first tournament in 2002 it has raised over $1 million for the American Cancer Society.
Few is known for getting the most out of players on the court as well as of it.
Few stated, “When a young man enters the Bulldog basketball program, I believe it is our responsibility as coaches to help them reach their potential in every facet of their lives.
Our commitment to the players will always go far beyond the basketball court with a goal of producing the complete individual, one that Gonzaga University will be proud of long after their playing days.”
Kudos to that Coach!
You cannot deny his coaching record, as he has not only led to Gonzaga to the Big Dance every season he has been the head coach, but he has won the WCC championship from 2001 to 2011 and has won the WCC Tournament championship in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011.