Mark Few
American basketball player-coach
Mark Few
Mark Few is an American college basketball coach, currently the head coach at Gonzaga University. He has served on Gonzaga's coaching staff since 1989, and has been a constant on the sidelines throughout a period that has seen the Bulldogs rise from mid-major obscurity to regular participants in the NCAA tournament.
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Political Road Map: California's election maps, drawn without party favoritism, hit the halfway mark
LATimes - 4 months
Few arcane topics have broken through the public consciousness in recent years as well as redistricting, the once-a-decade process of redrawing political maps based on changes in population, race and ethnicity. In dozens of states, voters are starting to understand that it matters where the lines...
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The Five Reasons We're Most Excited About College Basketball This Season
Huffington Post - over 1 year
College basketball is back, which means the preseason debates and meaningless rankings can finally come to a close! The normal heavyweights are here, of course -- the Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina -- but mid-major powers like Gonzaga and Wichita State have something to say about that. LSU, with its prized recruit, Ben Simmons, might be the trendy upstart to dethrone Kentucky in the SEC, or maybe it's Vanderbilt. Speaking of dethroning, can Iowa State or Oklahoma actually supplant Kansas atop the Big 12 and break the Jayhawks' remarkable 11 straight conference titles streak? We really don't know the answers, and maybe that's the beauty of it all. Here are the five reasons we are most excited about college hoops this season. New Rule Changes By the time conference play rolls around, we're going to look back at the 35-second shot clock (installed in 1993) and wonder why it took so damn long to get rid of it. It was an ancient way to play the game, only rewarding bad offense an ...
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Gonzaga coach Mark Few compares Coach K to John Wooden
USA Today - almost 2 years
"I put him right up there on the same platform."           
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Duke, Gonzaga advance to the Elite Eight
Houston Chronicle - almost 2 years
Local players in 2015 men's Sweet 16 Houston native Justise Winslow, a former St. John’s star, scored 21 points in his homecoming to lead Duke to a 63-57 victory over Utah in the NCAA South Regional semifinal Friday at NRG Stadium. Duke will face Gonzaga in the regional final on Sunday for a Final Four berth. No. 2 Gonzaga 74, No. 11 UCLA 62 After Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski scored six consecutive points early in the second half against UCLA in NRG Stadium on Friday night, he turned upcourt and let out a howl heard on Loop 610. In truth, neither team had much to yell about over 40 minutes of an overall unsightly contest, but in the end second-seeded Gonzaga out-uglied 11th-seeded UCLA 74-62 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament’s South Regional. The Bulldogs, in only their second trip to the Elite Eight in 17 consecutive NCAA Tournament appea ...
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Your Bracket May Be Busted, But Here's Why You Need To Keep Watching March Madness
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'diNGU1dDptjjuhtsQjGpcexhgR1OWPZ4'); }); Please enable Javascript to watch this video The opening weekend of the 2015 NCAA Tournament is over, and if you've already torn up your bracket ... well, don't feel bad. Word is, there isn't a single perfect bracket remaining! In fact, of the 11.57 million brackets filled out on ESPN, 30.4 percent had Villanova in the Final Four. (I had the big North Carolina State upset. See video below for my one shining moment.) The weekend brought a lot of other surprises: UCLA, which many people, including myself, thought didn't belong in the field, reaches its second straight Sweet 16 under Steve Alford. The much-maligned Pac-12 has actually enjoyed a nice showing -- Utah, Arizona and UCLA are still alive, and Oregon beat Oklahoma State in the round of 64. How about the ACC? It's 11-1 and rolling into the Sweet 16 with five teams remaining. The Big 12 lost its highest seed, Kansas, not to ment ...
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Rick Barnes Review: Lessons From Recent College Basketball Coaching Searches
Burnt Orange Nation - over 3 years
"The biggest mistake is that everybody tries to project their own feelings and own thoughts and own values into what you think a guy should do," said [Gonzaga coach Mark] Few. "It comes down to what that individual person wants in life. "The only people that matter is the coach and the family and what they want and value and where they're at in life," said Few. "Do you want to pack up and move young kids, kids in junior high, high school? That's where it becomes an individual choice and situation." --"What Shaka Smart Is Going Through,", March 21, 2012 "I'm already making seven figures," [Wichita St. coach Gregg] Marshall said. "You can eat a lot of steak and hamburger and pizza for what we're making at Wichita State... I live on the golf course. We have a beautiful backyard. My wife has four dogs. She gardens. We fly around on private planes to Napa and back to South Carolina. We have a good life, man." --"Gregg Marshall Is A Reminder..." CB ...
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Coach Of The Year
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
ATLANTA — Jim Larranaga, who led Miami to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles and a No. 2 ranking, has been selected The Associated Press' coach of the year. Larranaga received 29 votes Thursday from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Jim Crews of Saint Louis got 19 votes and Mark Few of Gonzaga had 11. The voting ended on Selection Sunday. The 63-year-old, two-time-hip-replacement patient had a 29-7 record in his second season with the Hurricanes and they were made a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. He is the first Miami coach to win the award and is the first Atlantic Coast Conference coach to get it since Roy Williams of North Carolina in 2006. The New York native led George Mason to the Final Four in 2006.
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LIVE: NCAA Tournament
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
After narrowly avoiding a historic 16-over-1 upset in their opening game, the Gonzaga Bulldogs will look to avoid being shocked by Wichita State on Saturday night. After stifling the No. 8 Pittsburgh Panthers in the second round, No. 9 Wichita State arrives in the round of 32 with designs on toppling the No. 1 seed in the West Region. Can the Shockers topple the Zags or has Mark Few's team learned from its close call against Southern? Completing the slate of Saturday games, No. 4 Syracuse faces No. 12 Cal. This game may be in the East Region of your bracket but it's being played in San Jose, Calif. The Golden Bears held off No. 5 UNLV on Thursday, with plenty of support from the crowd. In a dominant win over No. 13 Montana, Cuse didn't need much help at all. Stay tuned for live updates throughout and tweet @HuffPostSports to join in the conversation:
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Gonzaga, VCU's HAVOC And Russ Smith Among NCAA Tournament Things To Watch On Saturday
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It's Saturday, which unfortunately means you're bracket-busted like 99.7 percent of Americans. (Thanks a lot New Mexico and Georgetown.) But there is no shortage of stellar story lines and matchups today. Gonzaga almost became the first No. 1 seed to lose in the first round, Harvard showed us that you don't need athletic scholarships to win in March and Michigan looked every bit like the top-ranked team in the country from earlier in the season. Here is a look at the 10 things to watch for on Day 3. 1. Zigzagging Zags Gonzaga couldn't have played much worse against 16 seed Southern, and it took a Kevin Pangos bailout three-pointer late in the game to secure the win. Against Wichita State -- which dominated Pittsburgh -- the Zags face a brutally physical and equally quick team highly capable of springing an upset. The Shockers' best player, senior guard Malcolm Armstead, is just the type of slashing talent who seems to trouble Mark Few's club. 2. Pac-12 Fever Per ...
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Upset Of The Day: Harvard
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
SALT LAKE CITY -- Some people may have heard of the school that's suddenly generating a bit of March Madness buzz. Harvard. Yep, Harvard _the school known for producing U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices and Nobel Prize winners earned its first NCAA tournament victory Thursday night with a 68-62 upset of No. 3 seed New Mexico. Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard made five 3-pointers to give 14th-seeded Harvard (20-9) its first tournament victory in only three measly trips. "It's unbelievable," guard Christian Webster said. "We're still in disbelief. This is as good as it gets for us right now." He had no doubt the scene at Harvard Square was as crazy as the one inside the Crimson locker room, where noise from Harvard's postgame celebration carried down through the concourse. The Crimson put the clamps on New Mexico's Tony Snell, holding him to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting after he dominated in the Mountain West Conference tourna ...
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Zags Survive
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
SALT LAKE CITY — Still don't think Gonzaga deserved that No. 1 seed? There might be a few more doubters now. Entering the NCAA tournament top-seeded and top-ranked for the first time in program history, the Zags nearly made another kind of history Thursday – coming only a few minutes and a rimmed-out shot or two from becoming the first 1 to lose to a 16. Gonzaga prevailed 64-58 over Southern University in a game that wasn't safely in hand until the final buzzer sounded. No. 1 seeds improved to 113-0 since the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985. The Bulldogs (32-2) will play No. 9 Wichita State on Saturday. Kelly Olynyk led the Zags with 21 points, though it was a pair of 3-pointers – one by Gary Bell Jr., the next by Kevin Pagnos – that gave Gonzaga its small cushion after Southern (23-10) tied things at 56 with 3:45 left. Bell's 3 made it 59-56 after Derick Beltran hit a 14-footer on the baseline to close out a 15-4 Southern run and tie the game. ...
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Jordan Schultz: NCAA Tournament: Indiana And Gonzaga Have Easiest Paths To Final Four
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
While reaching the Final Four requires a great deal of skill, it also requires a fortuitous draw. Certain teams just have your number and others will match up well even when they appear less talented. Louisville, for example -- the top overall seed in this year's NCAA Tournament -- faces significant road bumps on the way to Atlanta. Gonzaga, on the other hand, has never been to a Final Four, but the team is coming out of the easiest region in the field. Here's a look at five higher seeds that drew well -- a factor always worth considering when filling out your bracket. Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk leads one of the hottest teams in America. (1) Gonzaga Remember, Mark Few has yet to guide his team past the Sweet 16 since taking over as head coach in 1999. But there may not be a better year for the Zags to finally make a Final Four. While both Pittsburgh and Wichita State could pose problems in the round of 32, K-State, Wisconsin and Arizona are very vulnerable ...
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Video: Bigfoot sighted in E. Wash. rooting for Gonzaga
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
This just in: No longer having the Sonics to root for, Sasquatch has chosen to place his loyalty with the cross-state Gonzaga Bulldogs. Shocking new footage of Bigfoot, captured by hikers in Eastern Washington sometime within the past week, gives rare insight to the life of the legendary creature. Exclusive video of his forest den shows the makeshift home filled with Gonzaga paraphernalia: pictures of forward Kelly Olynyk and coach Mark Few, a Spike the Bulldog plushie, and an NCAA Tourney bracket fashioned of sticks. Even more astounding are several frames of video that captured Sasquatch himself wearing what appears to be a Gonzaga basketball uniform. Understandably, the two brave [...]
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Boise State hopes it has done enough despite missed opportunity against San ... - Yahoo! Sports (blog)
Google News - almost 4 years
Yahoo! Sports (blog) Boise State hopes it has done enough despite missed opportunity against San ... Yahoo! Sports (blog) LAS VEGAS — The last time he was on the staff of a bubble team, Boise State coach Leon Rice was an assistant at Gonzaga under Mark Few. He recalls tracking every fellow bubble team in its conference tournament and cringing whenever one of them ... Boise State on bubble after lossESPN (blog) Now Boise State can only sit and wait to learn its SDSU escapes against Boise in tourneyU-T San Diego CBS (blog) -Las Vegas Sun -WFMY News 2 all 31 news articles »
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Gonzaga Escapes
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
PROVO, Utah -- No. 2 Gonzaga knew Brigham Young wouldn't be a pushover this time. On Thursday night, the Cougars even threw a converted football player at Bulldogs star Kelly Olynyk. Olynyk withstood the hit and Gonzaga withstood a furious rally for a 70-65 victory before a raucous crowd of 19,731. Olynyk scored 19 points, Gary Bell Jr. hit four 3-pointers and Gonzaga won its 10th outright West Coast Conference title. It certainly wasn't as easy as the 20-point win at the Kennel four weeks ago. "There was a lot of clawing, scratching, pushing, shoving and that's what the score (shows)," Olynyk said. "That's what you live for and what we want to play like. "This place was rocking and everyone was getting all excited, in the end it was a great game." The Bulldogs (28-2, 15-0 WCC) host Portland on Saturday and a win there could mean Gonzaga's first-ever No. 1 ranking. "Our guys really want to finish up the conference really strong and go undefeated, ...
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New College Basketball Rankings
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
-- Indiana is No. 1 in The Associated Press' Top 25 for the fourth straight week, while Gonzaga moved to No. 2 for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs were third last week, matching their previous best ranking. "The polls mean a lot more this time of year than they do in November, December, even January," coach Mark Few said. "All of us are being judged on the true body of work. It's definitely rewarding. "It establishes us as a national program, which I believe we have been for the last 10 years. This group has done a great job of competing at that level, winning games at the highest level." While the West Coast Bulldogs made some news at the top of the poll Monday, Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs from Down South, moved into the rankings for the first time since a 13-week run in 1984-85, their only appearance in the poll. Louisiana Tech, which is 25th this week, was led back then to a ranking as high as No. 7 by a forward named Karl Malone. Gonz ...
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Davidson comes short in Old Spice title game 81-67 to No. 17 Gonzaga
Fox News - about 4 years
Davidson made a good impression on Gonzaga coach Mark Few even in defeat.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Few
  • 2009
    Age 46
    On March 21, 2009, Few notched his 254th win as Gonzaga's head coach with a second-round victory in the NCAA Tournament, passing his former boss Fitzgerald as the winningest coach in school history.
    More Details Hide Details During the 2012-13 season, Few led the Bulldogs to the #2 ranking in both major polls, the highest national ranking in school history. Few broke that record a week later when the Bulldogs surged to #1 in both polls for the first time ever. It was also the first time a WCC school had ascended to the top spot since San Francisco in 1977. Gonzaga went on to receive its first #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in school history, as well as a school record 32 wins. During the 2014-15 season, Few led the Zags back to the #2 ranking in both major polls, along with a school record 22-game winning streak. Few guided Gonzaga to a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, his first Elite Eight appearance as head coach, and a new school record 35 wins.
  • 2005
    Age 42
    In 2005, Few signed a contract extension intended to keep him at Gonzaga through 2015.
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  • 1999
    Age 36
    In April 1999, Few was promoted to associate head coach, making him the designated successor to Monson, who had just finished his second year as Gonzaga head coach.
    More Details Hide Details This was immediately following the season in which Gonzaga became the nation's basketball darlings, making a run through the NCAA tournament, defeating Minnesota, Stanford, and Florida, to advance to the Elite Eight. In the West Regional finals Gonzaga lost to eventual national champions UConn by five points. When Monson left in July to take the open head coaching job at Minnesota, Mark Few was elevated to the Bulldogs' top job. Taking over after Monson's abrupt departure, Coach Mark Few was able to maintain the Gonzaga program's success from his very first season and prevent the Bulldogs from being a one-year wonder and sinking back into obscurity. He led them into the NCAA Sweet Sixteen each of the first two years. He was only the second head coach in the nation to achieve this feat since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. The following year (2001–02), Few set an all-time record for NCAA Division I men's coaches by collecting 81 wins in his first three years as a head coach. The record stood until 2010 when Brad Stevens of Butler surpassed it. The program's success has continued as Gonzaga has made the NCAA tournament in every one of Few's 16 seasons.
  • 1994
    Age 31
    He and his wife Marcy, married by his father in 1994, have three sons and one daughter.
    More Details Hide Details They have organized a charity golf tournament under the Coaches vs. Cancer umbrella. Since the tournament began in 2002, it has raised over $1 million for the American Cancer Society. Coach Few loves to fly fish and has chosen to stay at Gonzaga in part to provide stability for himself and his family, turning away coaching offers from larger schools over the years. Few and Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball coach Bill Self share the same birthday. With Mark Few as head coach, the Gonzaga Bulldogs lead the all-time series vs. all of the nine other current WCC opponents.
  • 1990
    Age 27
    In 1990, he was promoted to a full-time assistant.
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  • 1989
    Age 26
    After a season as an assistant at another Oregon school, Sheldon High School in Eugene, he moved to Spokane, Washington, joining the Gonzaga staff as a graduate assistant in 1989 under Dan Fitzgerald.
    More Details Hide Details He had some familiarity with the program, as he had befriended Dan Monson, then a Gonzaga assistant and later the head coach, during his time working the Oregon basketball camps.
  • 1983
    Age 20
    Few entered the coaching profession even before receiving his degree, serving as an unpaid part-time assistant at his alma mater of Creswell High School starting in 1983, and advancing to a paid position from 1986 to 1988.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, he also worked at Oregon's summer basketball camps.
  • 1962
    Born on December 27, 1962.
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