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USC hires Florida Gulf Coast’s Andy Enfield

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on April 1, 2013 at 11:57 pm with No Comments »
April 1, 2013 11:57 pm

The Pac-12 has filled all its openings.

USC announced Monday night that it had hired Andy Enfield of sudden Florida Gulf Coast fame.

A reach? Maybe. Enfield turned his two fun-to-watch wins in the NCAA Tournament into a power-conference gig. He’ll at least make things more interesting at USC, which couldn’t get people into the Galen Center. Unlike UCLA, which claimed to have hired an up-tempo coach in Steve Alford but didn’t, the Trojans get a new head man who wants to play fast at all times. Should be an enjoyable element in a conference that has mightily slowed down the tempo of play the past few years.

Here’s the release from USC:

Andy Enfield, a proven winner as a player, assistant coach and head coach who this year captivated the nation at Florida Gulf Coast University as he guided the first No. 15 seed into the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, has reached agreement with USC to become the Trojans’ head men’s basketball coach, USC athletic director Pat Haden announced today (April 1).

“Andy has been successful in every area of his life,” said Haden. “He has been a success on the court as a record-setting player, in the classroom as an Academic All-American, in the corporate world with successful businesses, in his personal life as a husband and father, as an NBA assistant and shooting coach, as a collegiate assistant at Florida State and most recently as a head coach with his Sweet Sixteen team at Florida Gulf Coast.

“Andy’s success this season at Florida Gulf Coast was not a flash in the pan. He has a consistent and proven record of success for more than 15 years in college and the NBA. He is a respected teacher who develops his players on the court and sees them excel in the classroom, he is a noted shooting coach, he is a relentless recruiter and he has integrity and great character. Those in the basketball world have known of his abilities for a while. His brand of basketball–an up-tempo offense and a stingy defense–is fun for players to play and fans to watch. He is an excellent fit at USC who will resonate well with our players, our fans and our community.”

Said Enfield: “My family and I are thrilled to join the Trojan Family and be part of the unparalleled athletic tradition at USC. In meeting with Pat Haden, I was very impressed with his vision for the men’s basketball program. I am looking forward to bringing an exciting, up-tempo style of play to USC and building the men’s basketball brand into one that the fans and basketball community will enjoy and respect.

“I want to thank FGCU president Wilson Bradshaw, athletic director Ken Kavanagh and the Eagles’ administration for their unwavering support of our program. And I especially thank my players for their exceptional accomplishments that put FGCU on the national map. I know the program will continue to soar.”

In his second year at Florida Gulf Coast, the 43-year-old Enfield led the Eagles to a school-record 26 wins in 2013, including a victory over current No. 5 Miami. The Eagles won the Atlantic Sun Tournament with a resounding 88-75 victory over Mercer. In just the school’s second season of NCAA Division I post-season eligibility, FGCU became the first team since Florida in 1987 to win the first two NCAA Tournament games it ever played. As the NCAA tourney’s No. 15 seed, the Eagles shocked second-seeded Georgetown and then seventh-seed San Diego State to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

Enfield was 41-28 in his two seasons (2012-13) at FGCU, with the 41 victories equaling the program’s combined total in the four years before he arrived. His squads played an up-tempo offense that featured spectacular dunks and alley-oops (they were nicknamed “Dunk City”) and a defense that thrived on takeaways. The Eagles scored 70-plus points 25 times in 2013 and ranked 16th nationally in steals (8.9 per game). He produced the 2013 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year (Sherwood Brown) and Defensive Player of the Year (Bernard Thompson).

In 2012 in his first year at FGCU, he led the team to the Atlantic Sun Tournament championship game.

Prior to going to FGCU, Enfield spent the previous five years (2007-11) as an assistant coach at Florida State, helping the Seminoles to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments (2009-11), including the Sweet 16 in 2011. Those were the program’s first NCAA trips since 1998. FSU posted four 20-win seasons during his time on the staff (including in his final three seasons) and won 31 Atlantic Coast Conference games, the second-most behind Duke during that span. The Seminoles advanced to the program’s first-ever ACC championship game in 2009. In 2010 and 2011, FSU became the first program since Georgetown (1991-92) to lead the nation in defensive field goal percentage two straight seasons.

Enfield helped the Seminoles’ staff sign three straight Top 25 classes, with the 2008 class ranked in the Top 10. The 2011 FSU roster featured 11 top 100 recruits and a pair of McDonald’s All-Americans. In 2009, Basketball Times named him the nation’s “Most Visible Assistant Coach” for the summer recruiting period, while ESPN The Magazine selected him as one of “Five Super Assistant Coaches in College Basketball” during the 2009 campaign. He helped develop five NBA draft picks at FSU, including All-Americans and ACC scoring leaders Al Thornton (2007) and Toney Douglas (2009), along with 2011 first rounder Chris Singleton. Douglas and Singleton won ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Enfield began his coaching career in the NBA, serving as the shooting coach for the Milwaukee Bucks for two seasons (1995-96). He then was an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics for two seasons (1999-2000).

Through his company All Net Basketball, he was a player development consultant for NBA teams and players, focusing on improving shooting technique and offensive skills.

Enfield played four seasons (1988-91) at Johns Hopkins, scoring a program-record 2,025 career points. He set the NCAA all-divisions career free throw percentage record (92.5, hitting 431-of-466 shots). He was a Division III All-American third teamer in 1991 and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

He was a GTE Academic All-America first team selection as a senior and second teamer as a junior. He was the first basketball player at Johns Hopkins to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was named the NABC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1991. He earned his economics degree from Johns Hopkins in 1991. He has a master’s in business administration from Maryland.

He prepped at Shippensburg (Penn.) High, where he was the class valedictorian.

Enfield was born on June 8, 1969. He and his wife, Amanda, a former model based in New York City, have two daughters, Aila and Lily, and a son, Marcum.
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