Mark Few has built Gonzaga into one of the most consistent major college basketball programs in the country: 15 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, four Sweet 16s and multiple first-round NBA draft choices. There’s speculation every year about Few leaving for other destinations, but the reality is he isn't going anywhere.
Why is Few so content in Spokane, Washington? How has he built this program into the power it is today? What makes Gonzaga a destination job? Let’s break it all down.
1. Don't mess with happy
Few is a perfect fit at Gonzaga. He’s from the Pacific Northwest (Creswell, Oregon) and enjoys the lifestyle. An avid outdoorsman, Few is a fly fisherman and enjoys taking his bike out on the trail. He’s comfortable in his surroundings. Few is an old-school grinder who has balance in his life. Though constantly engaged in the Spokane community, he still has enough time for family and friends.
Few is also coaching on his own terms and not held hostage by boosters and the demands of working at a large state university.