With 19 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, Mark Few has been one of the most consistently great coaches in college basketball. He doesn’t do it in a Power Five conference, either. He does it at Gonzaga. In Spokane, Washington.
“He knows what he’s looking for in players, and he knows how to develop players alongside his coaches,” former Gonzaga All-American Dan Dickau said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “He knows how to develop teams, and he knows how to get the most out of guys. If you look at this year, it’s been amazing what he’s done with really basically two returners. Josh Perkins and Silas Melson are the only guys that really played minutes last year. So he’s blended a new team almost perfectly this season, and it’s been really amazing.”
Few, as you may have noticed, doesn’t have the most dynamic personality in the world, but he’s one of the true good guys in college basketball. Dickau said that a coach’s personality is often overrated. It might help in recruiting, but overall, a coach’s success hinges on getting the most out of his players.
“It’s not about (being) a coach that’s buddy-buddy (with his players); it’s about a coach that’s maximizing players’ abilities,” Dickau said. “Hopefully (more coaches) don’t learn that because it would steal some secret sauce to the Zags, but I think that’s such a big part of what Coach Few has done.”