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Coach Few Wowed by Support for Zags in Final Four

Posted on March 31, 2017 in: Men's Basketball, Spotlight, Students, Tracking the Zags
Jim Nance from CBS Sports interviews Coach Few during the open practice on Friday. (Gonzaga photo by Zach Berlat)

Jim Nantz from CBS Sports interviews Coach Few during the open practice on Friday. (Gonzaga photo by Zach Berlat)

PHOENIX – Coach Mark Few remarked Friday on the significance of leading Gonzaga to its first Final Four and the outpouring of support from former players, colleagues and others coming from around the world to witness and share in this historic moment.

“It’s just been unbelievable. I don’t know that I could put it into words. We had a great little get-together last night with former players, former coaches, all the colleagues that I’ve met 28 years in the business,” he said. “I still am amazed how emotionally it hits you when you see all these people rallying into town from all over the place, wishing you well but also just coming in to see your team and support them. It’s a pretty powerful emotion.”

Coach Few with Nigel Williams-Goss (left) and Jordan Mathews. (GU photo by Zach Berlat)

Coach Few with Nigel Williams-Goss (left) and Jordan Mathews. (GU photo by Zach Berlat)

It has been a time like no other for Few, who leads his No. 1 seed and 36-1 Bulldogs against the No. 7 seed and 26-10 South Carolina Gamecocks at 3:09 p.m. on Saturday at the University of Phoenix Stadium. On Thursday, Few was named the Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year.

“I mean it’s crazy. It’s crazy, and it’s really cool. And so it’s more about just the joy you feel when you see those former players, how proud they are of the school they went to, the program they played for. Obviously seeing how happy my guys are and just the looks on their faces for all the – I had no idea some of the stuff goes on for these Final Four teams. I mean the way they take care of you here is just mind-boggling. And they truly make it a lifetime experience.”

Few believes finding a balance is key for the Zags to enjoy the Final Four and stay focused.

“I think they should be able to experience it. It’s an amazing, amazing event,” he said. “And then just from our perspective, the Gonzaga perspective, I can’t tell you the outpouring and the support and all the people that are coming from all over the world – literally all over the world – to come watch us this weekend.”

  1. Judy Fitzgerald
    Posted April 1, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    The ZAGS are my “heart and soul” and have been so for many many years. So much class and talent rolled into one. You have made me proud! GO ZAGS!

  2. Posted April 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Notre Dame guy who wants to congratulate you on your awesome success, skills, and attitude. I have been blessed in life by wonderful friends, great teachers and mentors, awesome wife, and the belief that: “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It !”. It Really works ! Will be watching and sending my love, prayers and positive energy.
    Go Zags ! Take it all. You can do it.
    tx, g

  3. K.
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 11:33 am

    I wish every institution (eduational, corporate, …)had a Mark Few. I believe humanty is better because of your being part of it. Your demeanor, attitude and your very obvious influence on your team and those around you show you have integrity, indeed. I’m glad to have experienced the ripple of your stone in the pond.
    Pray for peace, act accordingly.
    Kathy O.