2 Wins Help Make Florida Gulf Coast Head Coach A Wealthy Man
Not that Andy Enfield wasn't a wealthy man before 2 tournament wins, at least the story goes that way. As a private citizen in the business world Enfield had it going on as they say. Folks at Florida Gulf Coast will also say he had it going on-now he is going away.
Enfield was picked late on Monday night to be the new head coach at USC, replacing interim coach Bob Cantu who replaced fired coach Kevin O'Neil. Enfield gets a 6 year deal that takes his salary from over 157,000 he was making at FGCU to over a million per year at USC. To think nobody ever heard of Enfield or FGCU before he beat Georgetown in the NCAA tournament opener. 2 wins gets him some where around 10x the salary.
Enfields team then beat a good but not great San Diego State club in round 3 before being hammered by Florida in the round of 32.
Enfield helped build FGCU into whatever it is now. The gym fit just over 4500 fans. At USC they can squeeze in over 10k at their arena. There is no beach running through campus though and the media scrutiny will be magnified greatly.
In making the hiring, USC athletic director Pat Haden praised Enfields character. He also claimed that Enfield was on the radar of many AD's throughout the country. Hmm ok Pat if you say so.
Enfields FGC team did defeat power Miami of Florida early in the year, but they also lost a pair of games to Lipscomb University.
Enfield left private business to coach at Florida Gulf Coast. In 2 years at the Ft Myers, Florida college he had a record of 41-28.
Many including myself will wonder if USC pulled the trigger on Enfield while his name is hot to combat cross town UCLA hiring Steve Alford away from New Mexico.
Enfield does have NBA ties as well. he played briefly in the association with Milwaukee and was an assistant with the Boston Celtics. he also served as an assistant at Florida State before he took the FGCU job.