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Mark Few wins Naismith Coach of the Year

It is the second time for Mark Few.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Creighton at Gonzaga IndyStar-USA TODAY Sports

Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few has been named the 2021 Naismith Coach of the Year.

Few first won the award in the 2017 season after he guided Gonzaga to the school’s first Final Four (and national championship appearance) in school history.

It is a deserving win for Few, who is currently in progress of guiding the Zags through a historic season, took the preseason No. 1 team and somehow exceeded expectations. The Zags earned their first No. 1 overall seed in school history and are currently double-digit favorites to defeat the UCLA Bruins in the Final Four. Let that sink in for a second.

Few recently finished as a runner-up in the AP Coach of the Year, losing out to Juwan Howard. This season, there have been plenty of stellar coaching jobs (Nate Oats for example), but it is hard to argue with Few’s success this season.

Here is a list of things the Zags have accomplished:

  • Set a NCAA record with five-straight 30-win seasons
  • Won 27 consecutive games by double-digit points, the most by any team in well over 50 years
  • Won 29 of 30 games by double digits (screw you West Virginia)
  • Spent the entire season ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll
  • Are trying to become the only national champions since the 1992 Duke Blue Devils to be ranked No. 1 the entire year