USC Hires Former Florida Gulf Coast Head Coach Andy Enfield
Dunk City’s very own head coach is now on his way to Tinsel Town.
Southern California announced Monday via Twitter that Florida Gulf Coast‘s Andy Enfield will be the next coach of the Trojans’ men’s basketball program.
“Please welcome Andy Enfield (@CoachEnfield) to the #TrojanFamilyas the new head coach of @USC_Hoops. #DunkCityUSC,” the tweet read.
Enfield rose to popularity after he lead Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16 as a No. 15 seed in this year’s NCAA tournament. Their Cinderella run included upset wins over Georgetown and San Diego State. FGCU’s miraculous run ended after losing to Florida, 62-50.
After only coaching Division I basketball for two seasons, Enfield will be coaching in the Pac-12 Conference, against some of the toughest competition in the country. Enfield earned a record of 41-28 as head coach at FCGU, including an Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship in 2013.
Enfield is stepping in for Kevin O’Neill, who was quickly fired after the Trojans began the season with a record of 7-10. Interim head coach, and former USC assistant, Bob Cantu, filled in for the rest of the 2012-13 season.
FGCU may have had one of the most impressive runs as a No. 15 seed in recent memory, but it’s unbelievable that one season of success would propel Enfield into coaching in an elite basketball conference. Much like an athlete during a contract year, Enfield has used one season of success to earn his paycheck, one that could be 10 times more than the salary he made with FCGU.
USC desperately needed a coach who could lead a competitive team, and put people in the seats of Galen Center. That being said, Enfield’s lack of experience and fad-like leadership skills should place him no where near the Pac-12.
John Engel is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports, and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.