|YEAR AT FGCU:||4th Season|
|ALMA MATER:||University of Kentucky '06|
A passionate and tireless worker is what second-year head coach Joe Dooley has in assistant coach Michael Fly. Fly enters his fourth season as an FGCU assistant coach in 2014-15.
Fly has been a part of 63 wins the past three years, three A-Sun Championship final appearances, an A-Sun Tournament title and an A-Sun regular-season championship, an appearance in the NIT and a run to the Sweet Sixteen which captivated the nation and put the SWFL campus on the map for good.
Over his first three seasons at FGCU, Fly has been a member of a relentless coaching staff that has changed the men’s basketball culture in every facet, resulting in team accomplishments and player development to coincide with the Dunk City mantra.
In 2013-14 Fly was instrumental in guiding the Eagles to their first Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championship and first trip to the NIT. FGCU finished the year with a 22-13 record, including a record 14 wins as part of a 14-4 A-Sun mark. The 22 victories represented the second-most in FGCU’s Division-I era (2007-08).
Fly coached three all-conference picks during the season as Brett Comer and Bernard Thompson were both tabbed as A-Sun First Team members, and Chase Fieler was named to the A-Sun Second Team. Both Thompson and Fieler were named to the A-Sun All-Tournament Team as well, and throughout the course of the year Comer earned two A-Sun Player of the Week awards while Fieler garnered one.
In 2012-13, FGCU again appeared in 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 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 an 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 D-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. Thompson finished second in the nation with 102 steals en route to being named the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year, while Comer led the A-Sun in assists for the second year in a row and was named the A-Sun Tournament MVP. 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.
In 2011-12 under then-head coach Andy Enfield, 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.
Like Enfield, Fly came to FGCU from Florida State where he was the video coordinator for 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- 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