On May 7, 2015, Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few was announced as the head coach of the 2015 U.S. Pan American Men’s Basketball Team and was announced as an assistant coach for the 2021 Men's Select Team on June 29, 2021.
Few entered his first USA Basketball head coach position after having served as an assistant coach for the gold medalist 2012 USA U18 National Team, and he was a court coach for the 2009 USA Men's U19 World Championship/World University Games Team training camp.
“It’s an honor to represent our country and also be associated with USA Basketball,” Few said. “I’ve had a great time with all of my other USA Basketball experiences, and I’m really looking forward to working with Mike (Brown), Tad (Boyle), Sean (Ford), B.J (Johnson) and this team.”
Few has established himself as one of the most successful coaches in NCAA Division I basketball in his 22 seasons at the helm, and in the process has made Gonzaga basketball a household name across the country. He served as an assistant coach at GU for 10 seasons prior to take the reins of the program.
Among his many eye-popping accomplishments, Few ranks as the winningest active coach by percentage at .834 (630-125). He is tied for 17th for fastest to 100 wins in Division I, accomplishing the feat in 126 games; is third fastest to 200 wins, reaching the milestone in 247 games; is tied for sixth fastest to 300 wins, achieving his 300th win in his 347th game; is fifth fastest to 400 wins, achieving the milestone in 499 games and third fastest to 500 wins (612 games).
He ranks in the Top 15 among active Division I coaches for most 20-win seasons with 22, and amazingly he has never won less than 20 games in a season.
Gonzaga made a 22nd straight trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2021, a streak that started when Few was an assistant coach in 1999.
When Dan Monson departed for the University of Minnesota following that Elite Eight season, Few was named head coach and has continued the streak the past 22 years.
Since Few took over the head coaching position at Gonzaga, the Bulldogs have won or shared 20 regular season league titles and taken home conference tournament championships 17 times. The Bulldogs won or shared 11 straight West Coast Conference regular-season titles from 2000-11, which was the longest streak in the nation at the time and the second-best streak all-time in the NCAA Division-I ranks. Few has led Gonzaga to two NCAA National Championship appearances (2017, 2021), four Elite Eight appearances (2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021), and 10 Sweet 16 appearances (2000, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021).
Few has also cultivated NBA talent, including current NBA players in Brandon Clarke, Zach Collins, Rui Hachimura, Kelly Olynyk, Domantas Sabonis and Killian Tillie as well as former NBA players like Dan Dickau, Richie Frahm, Adam Morrison, Jeremy Pargo and Elias Harris. Morrison became the highest-drafted player in GU history when he was taken No. 3 overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006.
Most recently, Few led the Bulldogs to a 31-1 record leading Gonzaga to it's second ever appearance in the NCAA National Championship. The Bulldogs recorded tournament wins over Norfolk State (98-55), Oklahoma (87-71), Creighton (83-65), USC (85-66), and UCLA (93-90 in OT).
Few has evolved Bulldog basketball into an annual participant in the NCAA Tournament and into one of the elite programs on the West Coast as well as nationally. Since 1992 — his first year as a fulltime assistant coach with the Bulldogs — Gonzaga has posted a 575-174 record for a .76859 winning percentage.
A 10-year Gonzaga assistant head coach, Few was named head coach July 26, 1999, following Monson’s departure for the University of Minnesota. Few originally joined the Bulldogs for the 1989-90 season as a graduate assistant under former head coach Dan Fitzgerald, then was promoted to a fulltime assistant for the 1991-92 season.
He was named associate head coach in April of 1999 following a season in which the Bulldogs became the basketball darlings of the nation on their March run which saw Gonzaga come within a few ticks of the clock of advancing to the Final Four. A loss to eventual national champion University of Connecticut in the West Regional Finals in Phoenix, Ariz., ended the Cinderella story that captured basketball fans from coast to coast.
Few and his wife Marcy, have four children parents; Austin James (A.J.); Joseph Dillon; Julia Ann Elizabeth; and Colt Walker Norman.
Mark Few USA Basketball Coaching Synopsis
|2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship||Assistant Coach||5-0||1.000||Gold Medal|