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Gonzaga?

Post by dovetail » Fri Nov 27, 2020 9:32 am

After watching them handle Kansas I'm wondering how a small catholic school in Eastern Washington has become and stayed a national basketball power. They have had coaching changes but they don't seem to lose a step from year to year.

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Re: Gonzaga?

Post by hoopster » Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:39 am

Mark Few has been there since 1999. Not sure what you mean by coaching changes. He has a built a culture at Gonzaga that very few will ever replicate.
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Re: Gonzaga?

Post by jd of de » Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:31 am

hoopster wrote:
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:39 am
Mark Few has been there since 1999. Not sure what you mean by coaching changes. He has a built a culture at Gonzaga that very few will ever replicate.
Great coach + supportive administration + a great coach who decides he’s not going to chase the next job and raise his family where he is at = Gonzaga.

In large part it’s the same formula that kept Tubby at Delaware.

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Re: Gonzaga?

Post by hoopster » Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:45 am

That's true jd. Few is a guy that could have easily doubled his salary by taking a job at a place like UCLA but has remained in Spokane for over 30 years as an graduate assistant, assistant coach, and head coach.
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Re: Gonzaga?

Post by Gannonfan » Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:29 am

Gonzaga is almost impossible to replicate - great coach who's been there for 20+ years as the head coach, supportive administration and fanbase, ever present in the tourney, and I think one of the more important things, they were able to operate and now dominate a section of the country that hadn't really been strongly inhabited by another Power 5 conference or teams. Sure, Washington, Wash St, Oregon, and Oregon St and to a lesser extent the rest of the Pac 12 are in that area, but those 4 teams, and really the Pac 12 for that matter, haven't had consistent, year on year, success over the past 20 years. Gonzaga filled that niche very nicely and, with their coaching stability as well, have used that to catapult to where they are now, the top of the college basketball world. Not sure where else that could happen in the US.
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