SPOKANE — Gonzaga’s Mark Few is one of 11 semifinalists for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award.
Few guided Gonzaga to its seventh straight WCC regular-season championship and the No. 1 ranking in the latest AP and USA Today polls. The Zags finished the regular season 29-2.
Few has collected 13 WCC Coach of the Year awards and won the Naismith Coach of the Year honor in 2017 when the Zags reached the NCAA championship game. Gonzaga has won at least 25 games each of the last 12 seasons.
The other semifinalists are Rick Barnes (Tennessee), Chris Beard (Texas Tech), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Nate Oats (Buffalo), Matt Painter (Purdue), Kelvin Sampson (Houston), Mike Young (Wofford), Tony Bennett (Virginia), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).
Four finalists will be announced on March 20. Fans will be allowed to vote on the award from March 22-April 3 at naismithtrophy.com/vote. The fan vote will account for five percent of the overall vote.