Tommy Lloyd is in his 17th season as an assistant coach, joining head coach Mark Few's staff prior to the 2001-02 season after serving as an administrative assistant the previous season. His overseas knowledge has grown Gonzaga University's recruiting to one of international status.
Lloyd's knowledge of the European game has been instrumental in placing Gonzaga players overseas to continue their basketball careers, as well as nurturing his contacts in recruiting circles as Gonzaga's recruiting base has extended worldwide.
"Tommy has been one of the main reasons our player base has expanded outside of the United States," Few said. "He has an uncanny knowledge of the international talent and the international game. He is connected overseas with coaches at all levels which has greatly enhanced our recruiting abroad."
The list of international players Lloyd has brought to Gonzaga is extensive: current players Rui Hachimura (Japan), Killian Tillie and Joel Ayayi (France), and Jacob Larsen (Denmark). Former players include Polish National Team member Przemek Karnowski; Lithuanian National Team member Domantas Sabonis (the son of Naismith Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis); Canadians Kevin Pangos, Kelly Olynyk, and Robert Sacre; Germans Elias Harris and Mathis Mönninghoff; JP Baptista of Brazil; Ronny Turiaf and fellow Frenchman Mathis Keita; Guy Landry Edi of the Ivory Coast; and Addullahi Kuso of Nigeria.
In his 16 full seasons on staff, Lloyd has helped Gonzaga win 15 West Coast Conference regular season titles (all but the 2011-12 season) and 12 WCC tournament championships. He's mentored 13 All-Americans and 70 all-WCC selections, including 11 conference players of the year, six conference newcomers of the year and five conference defenders of the year.
Gonzaga has reached the NCAA Tournament in each of Lloyd's 16 seasons on staff, including an appearance in the national championship game in the program's first-ever Final Four. Two Elite Eights and Sweet 16 appearances in 2006, 2009, 2016 and 2017. He also helped lead Gonzaga to its first-ever No. 1 national ranking during the 2012-13 season in which the Zags went 32-3 overall and 16-0 in WCC play. GU acheived a number one national ranking again during the 2016-17 team's 37-2 season, which started 29-0.
Lloyd has also been a staff leader in recruiting, helping bring in and develop NBA players Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss, Kyle Wiltjer, Domantas Sabonis, Kelly Olynyk, Austin Daye, Rob Sacre, Ronny Turiaf, Adam Morrison, Jeremy Pargo and Elias Harris, all NBA players.
A 1993 graduate of Kelso High School (Wash.), Lloyd attended Walla Walla Community College for two seasons and graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., in 1998.
While at WWCC he was an All-Northwest Athletic Association of Community College (NWAACC) All-East Region selection in 1995. He set the WWCC single-game scoring record with 52 points against Treasure Valley CC. He was also the leading scorer in the NWAACC All-Star game with 22 points his sophomore season.
Following graduation from WWCC, he finished his career at Whitman College, playing for Gonzaga alum Skip Molitor. He earned a degree in biology and a secondary teaching credential. He went on to play two seasons overseas, with stops in Brisbane, Australia, in 1997 and Dusseldorf, Germany, in 1999.
Lloyd and his wife Chanelle were married in 1997. They have three children -- Liam (2001), Sophia Marie (2004) and Maria Alexis (2007). Sophia Marie's birth coincided with the ESPN documentary "The Season" that chronicled Gonzaga basketball and one segment centered on Tommy and Chanelle at the hospital leading up to the birth and following the birth.
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