Florida Gulf Coast head coach Andy Enfield has taken his fifteen minutes of fame and flipped it into a bigger job that will demand even more attention. Enfield was the mastermind behind the Dunk City phenomenon, which swept the nation during the early rounds of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. After a loss in the Sweet 16 to Florida, Enfield began receiving interest from teams around the nation that were looking to hire the coach and have him bring his energy to their university.
Enfield immediately shot to the top of the list of coaching candidates for a number of schools and it didn’t take long for the Eagles leading man to become former head coach of Florida Gulf Coast.
Late on Monday, it was announced that Enfield agreed to become the next head coach of the USC Trojans.
The school confirmed the news and Enfield released a statement on his new gig:
”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.”
Enfield takes over the Trojans with a 41-28 record in two years of being a head basketball coach at the college level.
There couldn’t be a better time for Enfield to jump ship and he needs to immediately get on the recruiting trail and use his past two weeks of high profile attention to attract top players to Southern Cal. If he can successfully recruit some top notch athletes, the Dunk City moniker could live on next season on the West Coast.
It will be interesting to see how Enfield does at a school with higher expectations, but if we learned anything from his time at Florida Gulf Coast it is that anything is possible.