Gonzaga head coach Mark Few has long been targeted by a number of high-profile programs, yet success as come in the West Coast Conference, and year-in and year-out it becomes more and more apparent that Few is content in staying with his Bulldogs.
A long-standing run of success, not only in the conference, but also on the national stage, Few has transformed Gonzaga into one of college basketball’s most prominent mid-major programs.
Few has had “coaches-in-waiting” in the past, including Bill Grier (now at San Diego) and Leon Rice (now at Boise State), but opportunities have come elsewhere for some of his successful assistants.
Now, current assistant Tommy Lloyd appears to be next in line for the throne at Gonzaga, if and when Few decides to call it quits.
“That’s accurate,” Few told CBSSports.com. “I’ve been blessed to have terrific assistants. People focus on his ability to get European guys, but Tommy can coach, recruit and develop players. He’s also extremely well thought-of with all the former players.”
Lloyd, who is now 37, has helped the Bulldogs land a number of foreign players in the past, including Ronny Turiaf, Elias Harris, and Kevin Pangos.
In 13 seasons in charge, Few has led Gonzaga to the NCAA Tournament each season, and at the age of 50, he very well might have quite a few more years in front of him.
As for his interest elsewhere, well that’s a non-factor, as Few has openly expressed his love for Gonzaga throughout the years.
For now, Lloyd appears set to be Few’s successor down the low, although no timetable has surfaced outside the simple fact of who stands as the “coach-in-waiting.”
Only time will tell if Lloyd will one day take the reigns of a program that Few has built into a consistent national threat.
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