Recently named Head Basketball Coach for the USC Trojans, Andy Enfield and his former team captivated the nation in the 2013 NCAA Tournament when the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles accomplished an unprecedented feat by becoming the first No. 15 seed ever to reach the Sweet 16. In only his second year as Head Coach and FGCU’s second year of post-season eligibility, the Eagles also became the seventh 15th seed to upset the 2nd seed when they defeated Georgetown University.
Following a successful college basketball career playing for Johns Hopkins, Andy began working as a shooting consultant for NBA players, capitalizing on his record as one of the best free throw shooters in NCAA history. Andy continued his NBA career as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics under head coach Rick Pitino from 1998-2000 where he worked closely with then-rookie Paul Pierce who went on to win the 2008 NBA Finals MVP award. With the Celtics, Andy increased his duties on the bench to developing game plans and scouting reports, assisting in practice strategies and offensive player development.
In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Andy did not let his MBA degree go to waste as he developed two highly successful companies, AllNetShooting.com, which offers shooting consultations, camps and training materials as well as Tractmanager, an information management system for health care contracts. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Tractmanager has proven to be the “market leader, by far,” as reported by Naples Daily News in 2012.
Following Andy’s entrepreneurial successes, his desire to return to his first love of basketball had him joining the Florida State University basketball program in 2006 as an assistant coach. During his five-year tenure, Andy helped lead FSU to three consecutive NCAA tournaments, including a run in the Sweet 16 in 2011. ESPN Magazine took notice, naming Andy as one of “Five Super Assistant Coaches in College Basketball.” Recognizing the unique combination of youth, experience and intangible leadership talents of Andy, the athletic director of Florida Gulf Coast University immediately offered Andy the position of Head Coach in 2011, which he accepted.
Called “the biggest Cinderella story the NCAA has ever seen,” Andy and the FGCU Eagles demonstrated how the combination of building the right team with the right leadership can surprise and accomplish what might otherwise seem impossible. This is certainly an experience Andy will draw from while leading the Trojans basketball team.