Gonzaga University men’s basketball coach Mark Few was cited on suspicion of drunken driving Monday after he was pulled over north of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, according to the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.
Few was stopped around 8 p.m. at North Fourth Street and East Hanley Avenue in Dalton Gardens, according to the police report. The Spokesman-Review obtained the report through a public-records request.
Police pulled over Few after receiving a report that he was driving erratically and speeding, according to the report. The vehicle involved, according to the report, was a Cadillac Escalade.
Police said Few, who exhibited “several signs of intoxication,” refused to complete field sobriety tests, but he provided breath samples of .119 and .120. The legal limit is .08.
Police said there were no other passengers in the vehicle.
In a statement released Tuesday evening, Few apologized, saying his decisions Monday “do not exemplify” standards expected of a leader and a role model.
“I recognize that operating a motor vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol exhibits poor judgment,” Few said. “Regardless of the outcome of the pending investigation, I will never allow such a lapse in judgment to occur again. Please know that I am committed to learning from this mistake and will work to earn back your trust in me.
“I deeply regret disappointing any of the members of the community, the young men and women who comprise my campus community, and the University as a whole,” he continued. “In particular, I am sorry for the hurt that I have caused to those most important to me – my family, my players, and my program. I am exceedingly grateful to those who continue to offer support to me, especially my wife and children. Thank you.”
Gonzaga athletic director Chris Standiford said earlier the university was aware of Few’s citation.
“While the facts of the situation are still being evaluated, we understand its severity and the legal process that will follow,” Standiford said. “As a Gonzaga employee, we respect Coach Few’s right to privacy and will refrain from further comment at this time.”
Few has coached Gonzaga for 22 seasons, developing the men’s basketball program into a national powerhouse, including a run to the NCAA national championship game last spring. With a 630-125 record, Few’s 83.4 winning percentage is No. 1 all-time at the NCAA Division I or equivalent level for coaches with at least 10 years of experience.