April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Andy Enfield has been hired as the University of Southern California’s basketball coach, leaving Florida Gulf Coast University less than a week after his team became the first No. 15 regional seed in the history of the national men’s tournament to win two games.
Enfield, 43, led the Eagles to a school-record 26 wins in his second year at Florida Gulf Coast before making history at the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.
It was the latest success for Enfield, who helped build a health-care contract-management software company before getting into coaching, and has a fashion-model wife and the career scoring record at Johns Hopkins University.
“Andy has been successful in every area of his life,” USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said in a statement. “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.”
Enfield replaces Kevin O’Neill, who was fired after USC started with a 7-10 record. Assistant coach Bob Cantu filled in as interim coach for the rest of the season, as the Trojans finished 14-18, including a 9-9 mark in the Pac-12 Conference.
“In meeting with Pat Haden, I was very impressed with his vision for the men’s basketball program,” Enfield said. “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.”
Enfield also thanked his players for their NCAA tournament accomplishments that “put FGCU on the national map.” The Fort Myers, Florida-based school opened in 1997 and didn’t start playing basketball at the sport’s top level until 2007.
“I know the program will continue to soar,” said Enfield, who had an annual coaching salary of $157,500 at FGCU.
USC didn’t disclose terms of his contract.
Enfield worked in the National Basketball Association as a shooting consultant and coach, becoming an assistant with the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. He was also a Florida State assistant from 2006 through 2011, helping the Seminoles to NCAA tournament berths the final three years and developing a reputation as a top recruiter. Enfield took over at FGCU before the 2011-12 season and had a 41-28 record.
“Andy’s success this season at Florida Gulf Coast was not a flash in the pan,” Haden said. “He has a consistent and proven record of success for more than 15 years in college and the NBA. 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.”
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