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Angelo Roncalli
05-27-2009, 11:26 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Gonzaga University head mens basketball coach Mark Few is one of six coaches selected to serve as court coaches for the 2009 USA Basketball Mens U19 World Championship and World University Games team trials, USA Basketball today announced.

Few will be joined by Mike Anderson of the University of Missouri, John Beilein of the University of Michigan, Johnny Estelle of Navarro College, Alan Magnani of Iowa Wesleyan College and Herb Sendek of Arizona State University.

This is Fews inaugural assignment with USA Basketball. In his 10 years (2000-09) as head coach of Gonzaga, Few has taken the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament each season, including four trips to the Sweet Sixteen, including this past season. Over those 10 seasons, Gonzaga has posted a 264-66 record (.800 winning percentage).

To be involved with USA Basketball is a great honor, said Few. Im looking forward to the experience of being a part of something that represents our country. I think it will be a great experience. I will have the opportunity to work with some of the outstanding players at the collegiate level and to exchange ideas and philosophies with some of the best coaches in the game.

Few has spent his entire collegiate coaching career with Gonzaga, and the Bulldogs have posted a 433-140 record (.756 winning percentage) since he became a fulltime assistant coach with Gonzaga. He served as a graduate assistant during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons before becoming a fulltime assistant for eight seasons between 1991-92 and 1998-99.

Gonzaga has won the West Coast Conference (WCC) regular-season title in nine out of 10 years with Few as head coach. While Few was an assistant, Gonzaga won four WCC regular season championships. The Bulldogs also have won eight of 10 WCC Tournament championships with Few at the helm.

The USA trials will be held June 16-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The selected court coaches will work with the approximately 40 athletes vying for spots on the 2009 USA U19 World Championship and 2009 USA World University Games teams.

The 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men will be held July 2-12 in Auckland, New Zealand, featuring 16 national teams comprised of athletes 19-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1990). Included in the field of nations are: Angola, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Egypt, France, Greece, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Spain, Syria and the USA.

University of Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon was named head coach of the 2009 U19 World Championship Team. Chris Lowery of Southern Illinois University and Matt Painter of Purdue University will serve as assistant coaches.

The World University Games is a multi-sport competition organized by the International University Sports Federation and held every two years. The 2009 mens basketball competition will take place July 2-12 in Belgrade, Serbia. Participants must be between 17 and 24 years old and either a current college student or have attended a college or university within the past year.

University of Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan has been tabbed head coach of the 2009 World University Games Team.

gamagin
05-27-2009, 11:28 AM
Great for Gonzaga !

lothar98zag
05-27-2009, 11:48 AM
congrats to Few! :clap:


here's another link:

http://www.usabasketball.com/news.php?news_page=09_mu19_mwug_court_coaches

(via: http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2009/may/27/few-chosen-usa-basketball-post/)

CDC84
05-27-2009, 11:56 AM
University of Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon was named head coach of the 2009 U19 World Championship Team. Chris Lowery of Southern Illinois University and Matt Painter of Purdue University will serve as assistant coaches.

That's a pretty darn good coaching staff. And an interesting one as well: all three guys who put an extra emphasis on stopping people. I would imagine that if you want to play for the U19 team this year, you'll need to play some defense.

Zag365
05-27-2009, 12:29 PM
Great recognition and opportunity for Coach Few and the Gonzaga basketball program. It is so gratifying to see Coach Few methodically build his resume on his own terms and with great integrity. We are so fortunate that he landed at GU and the fit is amazing. Being as young he is, and already so seasoned, he is on track to become one of the legendary coaches of all time. To me, the closest comparison is Coach Wooden, both in terms of personality and perennial success. I'd be interested in what others, who maybe see him more up close, think.

gamagin
05-27-2009, 12:40 PM
too.

A whole different perspective being able to work with up close and personal with this kind of talent and then watch our team play against many of the very best in the world at that age.

priceless.

BobZag
05-27-2009, 02:30 PM
I also like the idea that Few will be talking hoops and trading coaching philosophies with other coaches, always learning and picking up new ideas to become better. I like that.

CarolinaZagFan
05-27-2009, 04:45 PM
As long as the new things he picks up work haha. :D

RenoZag
05-27-2009, 06:51 PM
Maybe some "home & home" games will come of it in the near future.


Few will be joined by Mike Anderson of the University of Missouri, John Beilein of the University of Michigan, Johnny Estelle of Navarro College, Alan Magnani of Iowa Wesleyan College and Herb Sendek of Arizona State University. University of Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon was named head coach of the 2009 U19 World Championship Team. Chris Lowery of Southern Illinois University and Matt Painter of Purdue University will serve as assistant coaches

Some great potential match-ups to sweeten the Zags' schedule

zag buddy
05-28-2009, 12:55 PM
Coach Rank '09: Mark Few and the best of the rest
By Eamonn Bren


1. Mark Few, Gonzaga: Surprised? Of course you aren't. Mark Few is head and shoulders above the rest of the non-major-conference coaches in the way that Gonzaga isn't really a "mid-major"; he's classified as part of "the rest" only because Gonzaga can't call a major conference home. All the same, he's here, and by a mile. Few's ability to compete with the big boys in recruiting -- and coach his teams like Gladwellian underdogs when that's not the case -- has made Gonzaga far more than a perennial Cinderella. It's made them a national program. They're one of the big boys. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Coach-Rank-09-Mark-Few-and-the-best-of-the-res?urn=ncaab,166261

Reborn
05-29-2009, 09:13 AM
Congradulation, Mark Few. You are finally being recognized for your body of work. Well deserved for sure.

bballbeachbum
05-29-2009, 11:13 AM
Congradulation, Mark Few. You are finally being recognized for your body of work. Well deserved for sure.

Indeed! This feels really good, makes me feel truly happy for Coach. No reward like recognition and respect from your peers, and as stated, this is great for Gonzaga basketball, GU in general.

the give and take of info and insight will benefit us big time. have to imagine coaches like Anderson and Painter will be looking to pick up some gems from our guru, you know, offensively speaking. don't let them in on too much! Ha!

and gotta love that pic from zag buddy's link! Congratulations! Represent Coach Few!

GO TEAM ZAGS!!!

NotoriousZ
05-29-2009, 01:21 PM
Maybe some "home & home" games will come of it in the near future.

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Few will be joined by Mike Anderson of the University of Missouri, John Beilein of the University of Michigan, Johnny Estelle of Navarro College, Alan Magnani of Iowa Wesleyan College and Herb Sendek of Arizona State University. University of Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon was named head coach of the 2009 U19 World Championship Team. Chris Lowery of Southern Illinois University and Matt Painter of Purdue University will serve as assistant coaches

Some great potential match-ups to sweeten the Zags' schedule

Outstanding observation. Southern Illinios would be the most likely "home & home" candidate, but to get any of those teams to come to the K2 would be sooooooooooooooooooooooo nice!