Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few was named the AP Coach of the Year on Wednesday. Frank Mason won the AP Player of the Year.
BREAKING: Frank Mason of Kansas wins AP Player of the Year award, Gonzaga's Mark Few wins AP Coach of the Year.— The Associated Press (@AP) March 30, 2017
Mark Few is currently sitting at a press conference right now, but the honor is a big one. He took the Zags to the first Final Four in school history, only losing one game in the process. He also won his 500th game this season, becoming the third quickest coach to hit that goal.
It is one of the biggest honors bestowed on the program that has a rich (and growing history). Few has been the head coach at Gonzaga since 1999, and has been on the coaching staff since 1989.
He has overseen the transition from the small team that could in Spokane to a perrenial top 25 school. He has changed the team from a bunch of lunch pail workers from the greater Pacific Northwest to a school that competes for high level recruits. He has changed the squad from the an offensive minded Guard U to a defensive bully.
There were a lot of great coaching jobs this year, but this was surely one of the best. Mark Few had more new faces on this team than any previous year, and he was able to make all of the players, from all the different cultures, mesh like every Gonzaga squad before them. And for that, he was finally recognized for doing the best job in the nation.
Congratulations Coach Few.