Heralded assistant becomes program’s second-ever head coach
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh announced the hiring of Florida State assistant coach Andy Enfield as the second-ever Florida Gulf Coast men’s basketball head coach on Wednesday afternoon during an official press conference held in the Alico Arena hospitality suite.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Andy, Amanda, and the rest of the Enfield family into FGCU, Southwest Florida, and our Eagles’ athletics family,” said Kavanagh. “A quality individual, Andy is a proven winner and brings to FGCU a tremendous wealth of experience and coaching success, on the both the collegiate and professional ranks.
“In particular, he possesses a background of demonstrated commitment to excellence both on the court and in the classroom. In turn, we look forward to him providing energized daily leadership to our student-athletes, quickly getting engaged with our growing fan base and rapidly putting us in pursuit of the upper echelon of the Atlantic Sun Conference and beyond.”
Enfield, who helped lead FSU to the last three NCAA Tournaments, including the Sweet 16 last week, will lead FGCU into its 10th season in program history and its first postseason eligible campaign.
Enfield joined head coach Leonard Hamilton’s staff at Florida State in 2006. The Seminoles appearances in the last three NCAA Tournaments were the program’s first since 1998, as they accumulated 31 wins in ACC action over that span – second-most behind Duke – and advanced to the program’s first-ever ACC championship game in 2009. With three straight 20-win seasons to its credit, FSU advanced to the 2011 Sweet 16 in the Southwest Region by defeating No. 10 Texas A&M and No. 2 Notre Dame in Chicago.
Recruiting and player development were chief among Enfield’s responsibilities at FSU where its current roster boasts 11 top 100 recruits and a pair of McDonald’s All-Americans. In 2009, Basketball Times named Enfield the nation’s “Most Visible Assistant Coach” for the summer recruiting period, while ESPN The Magazine donned him one of “Five Super Assistant Coaches in College Basketball” during the 2008-09 campaign. Enfield’s prowess on the recruiting trails helped the Seminoles produce three straight top 25 classes, highlighted by the 2008 group that ranked in the top 10.
A former NBA assistant with the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, Enfield’s influence helped FSU develop five NBA draft picks over the last five seasons. Al Thornton (2007) and Toney Douglas (2009) were both selected in the first round and earned All-American status over a three-year span.
A key ingredient to FSU’s success was its ability to play defense, as the Seminoles are vying to become the first team since the 1990-92 Georgetown clubs to lead the nation in defensive field goal percentage two straight seasons. This year, the Seminoles limited their 34 opponents to 36 percent shooting from the field to lead the ACC for the second year in a row. Led by 2010 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and projected NBA first round draft pick Chris Singleton, the Seminoles finished as the national leader with a 37.7 defensive clip two years ago.
Prior to his five years in Tallahassee, Enfield began his coaching career in the NBA from 1994-1996 where he served as the shooting coach for the Milwaukee Bucks and head coach Mike Dunleavy. While in Milwaukee, Enfield worked with four-time NBA All-Star Vin Baker and No. 1 overall pick Glenn Robinson who finished third in the 1995 Rookie of the Year voting behind Jason Kidd and Grant Hill.
Enfield continued his NBA career by earning an assistant coach position under head coach Rick Pitino with the Boston Celtics from 1998-2000. Enfield worked closely with then-rookie Paul Pierce who went on to win the 2008 NBA Finals MVP award. With the Celtics, Enfield increased his duties on the bench to also developing game plans and scouting reports, assisting in practice strategies and offensive player development. Known for his shooting expertise, Enfield helped the Celtics shoot 74.5 percent from the free throw line in 1999-2000 for the biggest improvement in the league.
After his four seasons as a coach in the NBA, Enfield became a player development consultant for several NBA teams, while starting his own company called “All Net Basketball” which focuses on shooting form. Over his time as a consultant and shooting instructor, Enfield worked with more than 100 NBA players.
During his collegiate playing career at Johns Hopkins University, Enfield set the all-time NCAA career free-throw percentage record with a mark of 92.5 percent (431-466). Enfield still holds nine career records at Johns Hopkins and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. His 2,025 career points are nearly 500 more than any other player has scored for the Blue Jays. Enfield led his team in scoring during all four seasons and also holds the two highest single-season point totals in school history, with 606 points in 1990 and 610 points in 1991.
As good as he was on the court, he was just as sharp in the classroom, as the economics major earned GTE Academic All-America first team honors as a senior and second team honors as a junior. He was the first basketball player at Johns Hopkins to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was named the NABC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1991.
Enfield and his wife Amanda, have two daughters: Aila (4) and Lily (3).