The Gonzaga Bulldogs have been on a quite a run under Mark Few’s leadership. This year they have a good chance of not only going back to the Final Four but winning it all.
Two years ago, the Gonzaga men’s basketball team went to the Final Four. This year’s team looks to make a run not only at the Final Four but the NCAA championship itself in 2019. Why will Gonzaga win the title? A quick response might be, “Why not?”
This is a program that has stability in its coaching staff and a long history of success. Of course, having talented athletes is a necessity. Head coach Mark Few, now in his 20th season leading the Zags, always finds a way to get players from varied backgrounds and ethnicities. They play a brand of ‘team’ ball that reaps significantly more victories than defeats.
As mentioned, the coaching staff is stable. Donny Daniels, with over 30 years of coaching experience, is starting his 9th season under Mark Few. Tommy Lloyd, who is profoundly influential in recruiting international players, starts his 18th season as an assistant to Coach Few. There is Brian Michaelson, who first joined the Gonzaga basketball family in 2000 as a walk-on, now starting his sixth season as an assistant coach with GU.
Completing the staff is Travis Knight, a Class of 2000 graduate from Gonzaga, in his 13th year as strength and conditioning coach. Riccardo Fois, a former hoopster on the international level, is the Director of Analytics. Josh Therrien is in his third year as their athletic trainer.