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Mark Few
Mark Few
Head coach Mark Few engineered another successful season in 2011, keeping a couple of streaks alive in Gonzaga University's men's basketball tradition.
The Bulldogs wrapped up its 11th straight West Coast Conference regular-season title in 2011, the longest current active streak in the nation and the second-best streak all-time in the NCAA Division I ranks behind UCLA's 13 Pacific-10 Conference titles from 1967-79.
A 13th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament ranks the Zags tied for fourth among current active streaks behind Kansas, Duke and Michigan State.
The 2011 campaign also saw the Bulldogs advance to the WCC Tournament title game for the 14th consecutive year, knotting Kentucky for the all-time lead as the Wildcats
Advanced to 14 successive SEC Tournament title games from 1939-52.
While it's never easy, the 2011 road to the NCAA Tournament was a little bumpier than normal for the Bulldogs. A 4-5 record early in the non-conference season had people buzzing about Gonzaga's WCC and post-season fortunes. And a 3-3 start in WCC play had naysayers predicting Gonzaga's dominance was about to end.
But Few and success go hand-in-hand and he rallied the Bulldogs to eight-straight WCC wins down the stretch to claim the regular-season title, then won the WCC Tournament with victories over San Francisco and Saint Mary's to punch their March Madness ticket for a 13th straight season.
Of those five early-season non-conference losses, three were to nationally-ranked teams, but a win over ninth-ranked Baylor help propel the Bulldogs to nine straight wins, including three straight victories to open WCC play. Another tough schedule saw the Bulldogs play San Diego State, Kansas State, Marquette, Illinois, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Xavier and Memphis.
Few and the 11th-seeded Bulldogs downed No. 6 seed St. John's in the NCAA Second Round (the NCAA went to a new format with First Round play-in games), Gonzaga winnings its opening-round game in the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in Few's 12 years as head coach.
The Bulldogs finished the season 25-10, their 14th straight 20-win season. Few has never not won at least 20 games in his 12 previous years as the head coach.
The 2012 season will be his 13th as the head man after 10 years as an assistant at Gonzaga, his 23 years on the Gonzaga bench making him the longest tenured men's basketball coach in Bulldog history. Hank Anderson was the head coach for 21 seasons from 1951-52 to 1971-72.
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Kelly Graves
Kelly Graves
Kelly Graves has turned Gonzaga University women's basketball into one of the elite programs in the nation in his 11 years at the helm. The winnngest coach in Bulldog history led GU to their unprecedented seventh-straight West Coast Conference Championship and fourth WCC Tournament Title in the last five years in 2010-11.
Graves guided the Zags their second-straight 14-0 mark in league action in 2010-11 and the third time in seven years. The Bulldogs have won 36-straight West Coast Conference games dating back to the 2008-09 season. He was named WCC Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his tenure after the impressive conference season.
Graves has now led Gonzaga to postseason action in seven of his 11 years at the helm; including four NCAA Tournament appearances.
The 48-year old owns a 298-145 career record that also includes three year stints at both Saint Mary's College and Big Bend Community College. At Gonzaga, Graves is 232-119 overall and 112-42 in West Coast Conference.
Dating back to his years as an assistant coach at the University of Portland, Graves has now coached 31 All-West Coast Conference performers, seven WCC Players of the Year, five All-Americans, two WCC Defender's of the Year, three WCC Newcomer's of the Year and 24 WCC All-Tournament selections. He also has coached two players who were selected in the WNBA Draft, including the 2011 No. 3 overall pick Courtney Vandersloot.
The 2010-11 season is probably the pinnacle of his career thus far and won't be forgotten anytime soon. The Bulldogs became the Cinderella story of the NCAA Tournament. The No. 11 seed bulldozed their way to their inaugural Elite Eight appearance by defeating a Big 10 Conference member, a Pacific-10 Conference member and Big East Conference member. The Zags defeated No. 6 seed University of Iowa, No. 3 seed UCLA and No. 10 seed University of Louisville before falling to No. 1 seed Stanford University.
Gonzaga closed the season with a school record 31 wins. After starting the season 2-3, the Bulldogs went 29-2, including a 21-game winning streak that ended in the Elite Eight. The Zags were rewarded for their spectacular season, ending the year ranked a school-high eighth.
This past season wasn't a surprise to anybody as the Zag had slowly been making a name for themselves nationally. Gonzaga won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game in 2008-09 and found its way in its inaugural Sweet Sixteen game in 2009-10. The Bulldogs first appearance in the NCAA Tournament was in 2006-07.
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