with Mark Few,
Gonzaga University Head Coach; 2017 NCAA National RunnerUp;
2017 AP Coach of the Year; 2017 Naismith Coach of the Year;
18 consecutive seasons in NCAA Tournament 19992016 with 7 Sweet 16 and 2 Elite Eight Appearances;
Five straight WCC Regular Season and Tournament Championships 201317 has led Gonzaga to 16 Regular Season and 14 Tournament titles total; 11x WCC Coach of the Year; over 500 career wins
Efficient is the word to describe Mark Fews practices. Every minute of every drill is used to improve his players skills and understanding of the game. Coach Few opens the doors to the first three practices of the 201415 season, which resulted in his 11th West Coast Conference crown and an Elite Eight appearance in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
In Gonzagas first practice of the 20142015 season, you will see live, unedited practice footage of the Bulldogs working on defense, transition, and halfcourt offensive execution. Using breakdown drills, Coach Few introduces the principles and fundamentals of mantoman defense. In the 3 v 3 Circle Drill, players work on close outs, defensive positioning, and bluff and recover to help on dribble penetration.
On the offensive side, a mix of breakdown drills to improve passing and shooting are taught. In the InOut Shooting and Angle Passing drills, youll learn how to teach common actions. The Bulldogs also begin to develop their offensive system using 10 set plays.
Throughout the practice, youll see how Coach Few breaks down the whole to ensure players learn how to do the little things which leads to getting the big things accomplished. Coach Few and his staff are constantly communicating and teaching. Every mistake is addressed and every success is acknowledged.
Coach Few continues establishing the foundation of his defensive system. Many of the drills emphasize raising the intensity of the onball pressure. In the Z Drill and Snake Pit, defenders focus on keeping the ball in front of them. The Pressure Trap Drill teaches players to aggressively play for deflections. In another major defensive segment, the team focuses on coordinating with one another to defend ball screens with hard shows, soft shows, traps, switches, and Xouts.
The team breaks down by position for individual skill work. The post players work on highlow entries and finishing in the post while the guards drill driving, spacing, and relocating. Both guards and bigs simulate the shots that they will get in Gonzagas halfcourt offense. The practice session concludes with a 5on5 halfcourt scrimmage. Coach Few goes into the detail teaching the Bulldogs set versus mantoman defense. He stresses making the proper reads and knowing the fundamentals of each play.
The building blocks of offensive and defensive strategies continue to be emphasized in the third practice. To read ball screens effectively, new drills are introduced to teach players how to quickly dismantle defensive reactions. After working on fundamentals, the Bulldogs work on defending offball screens and helping on drives.
Coach Few introduces icing the pickandroll in this practice. Icing is a ball screen defense in the NBA that forces the ball handler, in a side pick and roll, towards the baseline and away from the middle. Gonzagas Blue coverage is also introduced. Blue is a bigonbig double on the post when the offense has three on the perimeter and two inside. Coach Few goes over how to trap and rotate. In 4on4 shell drill, the Bulldogs use a scoring system that rewards defense in various ways.
On offense, breakdown drills are used to teach players how to make reads out of side ball screen situations. Fullcourt drills such as Laker Break and Rebound to Break are used to show players how to score in transition of