“Anytime you can represent your country it is something special,” Few said of his coaching selection. “We get to coach some of the most talented young players in the country; players who are dedicated to the game, to their team and to their country.
“(Billy, Shaka and I) are great friends,” Few said of the 2013 USA U19 coaching staff. “We complement each other on the floor and off with our philosophies. I also learned a lot by being around them.”
He undertakes his third selection by USA Basketball after having served as an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team and as a court coach for the 2009 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship/World University Games Team training camp.
Currently in his 14th season (1999-00 to present) as head coach of Gonzaga, Few had compiled a sterling 342-90 overall record through 2011-12, giving him the second-best active winning percentage in the nation (.792). He has led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament every season, including four trips to the Sweet Sixteen.
Most recently in 2011-12, Few earned his 17th NCAA Tournament win when Gonzaga, which finished the season 26-7, topped West Virginia University before falling to Ohio State University in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Thus far in 2012-13, Few and his Bulldogs are 21-2 and were ranked No. 6 in the most recent Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls (as of Feb. 6, 2012).
Few has led Gonzaga to nine West Coast Conference (WCC) tournament titles and captured or shared 11-straight conference regular season titles (2001-2011), which is second-best all-time behind UCLA’s 13-staight Pacific-8 Conference regular season crowns.
The Bulldogs are perfect in WCC play this season (8-0), giving Few a 171-21 overall WCC head coaching record, which ranks as the all-time WCC wins leader. Few is the winningest coach in conference history by percentage (.891) and has been selected WCC Coach of the Year eight times (2001-2006, 2008-shared, 2010).
Few has spent his entire collegiate coaching career with the Bulldogs. He served as a graduate assistant in 1989-90 and 1990-91 before becoming an assistant coach for eight seasons (1991-92 through 1998-99). With Few as an assistant coach, Gonzaga won four WCC regular season championships and captured the conference tournament title in 1995.
As a head coach, he has twice led teams to a high of 29 wins, including a 29-4 record in 2001-02 and 2005-06.
A 1987 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Oregon, Few earned a master’s of athletic administration from Gonzaga in 1993.
He first walked the sidelines as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater, Creswell High School in Creswell, Ore., from 1986-1988 before moving to Sheldon High School in Eugene, Ore., as an assistant coach in 1988-89.