In the murky, ethically nebulous world of college sports, Few has avoided recruiting scandals, and Gonzaga’s players seem to stay in class and out of trouble. “We’ve never sacrificed our values to build a national program and we’ve done it the right way and there are a lot of people that don’t,” Few told Spokane’s Spokesman-Review. “We’ve done it with good guys and we’ve stayed nationally relevant the whole time.”

It sounds easy, but Few’s accomplishment is vanishingly rare. There’s been handful of other small programs to crack the sports rigid feudal system and reach the Final Four, but most quickly return to obscurity. Leaving is no guarantee of success, either. Dan Monson never reached the same heights at Minnesota as he did at Gonzaga, and he left in 2006. He’s now the head coach at Long Beach State—which didn’t make the cut for March Madness this year.

In a profession that prizes the single-minded pursuit of winning, Few chose to balance work with life. He found stability and security, and the wins followed. There are always reasons to leave, but there can be just as many to stay.

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