SALT LAKE CITY (USBWA) – Mark
Few, who guided Gonzaga to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament,
has been named winner of the Henry Iba Award, given
annually by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association
to the national coach of the year. The announcement came today as
the Zags prepared for their first-round NCAA Tournament game against
South Dakota State.
Under Few, the Bulldogs posted their second No. 1 national ranking
in program history this season and won the West Coast Conference
regular-season and tournament championships for a fifth straight
year with a team comprised of nine new players. At one point, the
Zags were 29-0.
Gonzaga enters the tournament with a 32-1 record, the 10th consecutive
season Gonzaga has had at least 25 wins under Few and the third
time in school history with 30 or more victories in a season.
Few, in his 18th season as head coach at Gonzaga, has led the
Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament every year and to the Sweet 16 six
times. He is two wins shy of 500 career victories with an overall
record of 498-112.
"This is a great honor, because it is from the people who
cover college basketball day in and day out, so they understand
what it takes to have a year like this," Few said. "We
have great players and a great staff. I'm appreciative and humbled
by this honor."
Few will be formally presented with the Henry Iba Award at the
USBWAs annual honors luncheon at the Final Four in Phoenix on Monday,
April 3. He is the first coach from the West Coast Conference to
be selected as national coach of the year by the USBWA.
Henry Iba Award is named in honor of the legendary
coaching great at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) who won
two NCAA championships and two gold medals and one silver as coach
of the U S. Olympic teams. The award is voted on by the entire membership
of the USBWA.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. It has selected a national
coach of the year since the 1958-59 season. For more information
on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director
Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.
Henry Iba Coach of the Year