FGCU Basketball Coaches Show Set To Make Season Debut Thursday Night
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | by Jason MacBain (@JaBain)
Photos Courtesy: Linwood Ferguson/CaptivePhotons.com
Photos Courtesy: Linwood Ferguson/CaptivePhotons.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. – With the 2013-14 FGCU men’s and women’s basketball seasons just underway, Eagles Club members and fans will have an opportunity to attend and listen to the first FGCU Coaches Show of the year on Thursday night as head men’s coach Joe Dooley and head women’s coach Karl Smesko will sit down with host Bill Banfield starting at 5:30 p.m.

The hour-long show can be heard for free on FGCUAthletics.com via Stretch Internet and by clicking here. Banfield will be joined by Dooley and junior Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) from 5:30-6. Smesko and redshirt sophomore Whitney Knight (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS) will be on the air with Banfield for the final 30 minutes.

Members of the Eagles Club, the official organization which supports FGCU Athletics, and their guests can attend the show by calling Graham Diemer at 239-590-7107 or by emailing him at gdiemer@fgcu.edu. The show will be held in the Hospitality Suite on the second floor of Alico Arena.

Eagles Club members will get the chance to ask questions during the show. Fans can also submit questions for any of the coaches or players on Twitter (@FGCU_MBB and @FGCU_WBB) as well as Facebook (/FGCUMBB and /FGCUWBB).

Dooley earned his first win at the helm of the Eagles last Tuesday after spending the previous 10 years as an assistant at Kansas. Comer has scored 39 points over the past two games, in addition to an eight-assist performance Monday night against Eckerd and converting the game-winning free throws in the closing seconds at Furman last Friday.

Smesko picked up his 350th career win to start the year at FIU. In that game, Knight scored 25 points and then added 14 more in FGCU’s victory over Bethune-Cookman last Tuesday as she currently leads the Eagles with 19.5 points per game.

The men’s team has won three straight games to move to 3-1 to start its season, while the women will host Charlotte on Wednesday evening looking to commence the campaign 3-0. Last year, the FGCU men’s and women’s programs combined to win 53 games, the fourth-highest total in the nation.

2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball season tickets are selling quickly, and only a limited amount remain. New this year are mini-plan packages for all men’s games, and individual-game tickets are now on sale. Fans can reserve their seat(s) by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets.