Andy Enfield named USC coach; will success follow him?

April 2, 2013

Andy Enfield is heading west. (David J. Phillip / AP)

Andy Enfield made a name for himself as Florida Gulf Coast University made a surprising NCAA tournament run. Now he’ll try to see if he can duplicate the success on a bigger stage.

Enfield agreed Monday night to become the coach at Southern Calfornia, with a roughly tenfold salary increase to $1.55 million annually over six years.

“In meeting with Pat Haden, I was very impressed with his vision for the men’s basketball program,” Enfield said in a statement released by the school. “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, 43, had a 41-28 record in two seasons at FGCU. The school won 26 games this season and, as a 15-seed in its first year of eligibility for the NCAA tournament, advanced to the Sweet 16, losing to Florida last week.

Enfield (you know, the guy with the former supermodel wife) will be introduced at a press conference today and he’s sure to be asked about his experience and leaving FGCU after a brief stay. But Enfield has a resume that goes deeper than just a couple of March 2013 weekends. He was a star at Johns Hopkins and worked as an assistant to Rick Pitino when he was coach of the Boston Celtics. He was a respected assistant at Florida State and, when he had the chance to create his own program, recruited a bunch of talented kids who brought up-tempo Dunk City to this year’s NCAA tournament. That style of play may help Enfield in the Los Angeles area, where he and UCLA’s new coach, Steve Alford, will be recruiting.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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