Baumgartner leads Senate in backing Gonzaga basketball ahead of Final Four matchup

The Gonzaga men’s basketball team will enter Saturday’s Final Four matchup with the full backing of the Washington State Senate. A resolution sponsored by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, passed today in the Senate to honor the Zags for their “winning culture” and make it clear that Washington’s senators are rooting for a victory. 

“We’re incredibly proud of these young men for their accomplishments both on and off the court,” said Baumgartner. “We want them to know that we’ve got their back and the Senate will be rooting for a big win tomorrow. Go Zags!”

Gonzaga faces South Carolina on Saturday in its first appearance in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. This is the first team from Washington to reach the Final Four since Seattle University in 1958.

The resolution honors the winning culture developed at Gonzaga under the leadership of head coach Mark Few as well as the dedication to academics demonstrated by their student-athletes. As author of the resolution, Baumgartner highlighted Few for creating a “culture of ownership and responsibility built on a unique attention to player development and an attitude of loyalty and persistence.”

On Thursday, Few was named AP coach of the year.

“Coach Few is part of a long tradition of leadership at Gonzaga,” said Baumgartner. “Players choose to come to Gonzaga to be a part of something bigger than themselves and that’s a testament to the program Coach Few has developed.”

Copies of the official resolution honoring the Zags’ success and development into a “national powerhouse” will be delivered to the university by the Secretary of the Senate.

Baumgartner added one last message for the team, “You got the whole state behind you. Go get’em!”