SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University women’s basketball head Coach Kelly Graves will discuss “Components of our Championship Program: Winning on and off the Court” at the Gonzaga University School of Business Administration Dean’s Business Forum Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, June 16 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.
Cost of the event is $15, which includes breakfast beginning at 7 a.m.
Graves will provide an overview of the Gonzaga women’s basketball program from a business perspective and discuss how he and others have been able to improve the program. Graves will share four foundational elements of the program that business leaders should find interesting and relevant: recruiting, leadership, team culture and creative vision.
When Gonzaga announced April 1 that Graves had signed a new 10-year contract to stay with the Bulldogs, the coach said he loves Gonzaga and remains “thrilled” to lead the Bulldogs.
“I love Spokane and am looking forward to being the coach here for a very long time. I am excited about what we have accomplished but I am even more excited about the future. I really appreciated how Gonzaga has made this a position that I wouldn’t want to leave,” said Graves, who completed his 11th and best season in March.
Graves led Gonzaga’s spectacular run in the NCAA Tournament in which the Zags reached the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. Gonzaga ended the season with an overall record of 31-5, the most wins ever for a Gonzaga basketball team – women or men.
Gonzaga’s women have advanced to the NCAA Tournament the past three consecutive seasons and four times in the past five years. They won their first NCAA Tournament game in 2009 with a 74-59 victory over No. 4 seed Xavier University. The Bulldogs are 6-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament play and advanced to the second round in 2009, the Sweet Sixteen in 2010 and the Regional Final this season.
The Zags also captured their seventh-straight West Coast Conference title this season, going undefeated for an unprecedented second consecutive season and for the third time in Graves’ tenure at Gonzaga. Graves was named WCC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season and for the sixth time in his career. His record at Gonzaga is 232-119 overall and 112-42 in conference play.
Led by Graves, Gonzaga has produced four WCC Players of the Year, three WCC Newcomers of the Year, one WCC Defender of the Year, nine All-Conference honorees and three All-Americans.