A passionate and tireless worker is what newly-appointed head coach Joe Dooley has in assistant coach Michael Fly.
Fly enters his third season in Dunk City where he has been a part of 41 wins, an A-Sun Tournament title and a run to the Sweet 16 in 2013 that captivated the nation and put the SWFL campus’ initials FGCU on the map for good.
Over his first two seasons at FGCU, Fly has been a part of a relentless coaching staff that has changed the men’s basketball culture in every facet, resulting in team accomplishments and player development. The change was evident in year one under then-head coach Andy Enfield, as the Eagles advanced to the A-Sun Tournament title game in the program’s first year of postseason eligibility, falling just 20 minutes short of the NCAA Tournament and finishing with 15 wins.
In 2012-13, FGCU returned to the A-Sun Tournament championship game, this time, turning in the most impressive 40 minutes in program history up to that point by defeating No. 1 seed and host Mercer, 88-75, on its home floor to become the first team into the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Deemed a No. 15 seed and sent to Philadelphia, the Eagles captured the hearts of the city of Philadelphia and the nation by defeating East Region No. 2 seed Georgetown in the second round before extending its win streak to seven games with another double figure win over No. 7 seed San Diego State. FGCU’s up-tempo style which produced a A-Sun best 72.9 points per game helped FGCU become the first No. 15 seed in NCAA history to advance to the Sweet 16 and the first team since Florida in 1987 to win its first two NCAA Tournament contests. The Eagles finished with a program Division I record 26 wins.
As the team accomplishments stacked up in 2012-13, so did the individual accolades as senior Sherwood Brown was named the A-Sun Player of the Year, an Associated Press All-American honorable mention and NABC All-District 3 selection. Sophomore Bernard Thompson finished second in the nation with 102 steals en route to being named the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year, while sophomore Brett Comer led the A-Sun in assists for the second year in a row and was named the A-Sun Tournament MVP. Junior Chase Fieler was an A-Sun All-Conference second team and All-Tournament squad choice, producing the biggest breakout season that saw him finish with 60 dunks.
Like Enfield, Fly came to FGCU from Florida State where he was the video coordinator for each of the last three FSU NCAA Tournament teams (2008-11) and worked with future NBA draft picks Toney Douglas, Solomon Alabi, Ryan Reid, Chris Singleton and Bernard James. Fly also served as the assistant director of Leonard Hamilton Basketball Camps during his time in Tallahassee.
Fly spent the 2007-08 year as a corporate and broadcast alliances intern with the NCAA after serving as a video coordinator intern with the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA in 2006-07.
Fly is a native of Fulton, Ky. and a 2006 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education.
The Fly File
Alma Mater: University of Kentucky, 2006
Birthdate: May 29, 1983
Hometown: Fulton, Ky.
2008-11 Video Coordinator, Florida State
2011-Present Assistant Coach, FGCU
2006-07 Basketball Content Coordinator, Five Star Basketball
2006-07 Video Coordinator Intern, Charlotte Bobcats
2007-08 Corporate & Broadcast Alliances Intern, NCAA
2008-11 Assistant Director, Leonard Hamilton Basketball Camps