After a surprisingly deep run in this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, Florida Gulf Coast's Andy Enfield will be the new coach of the University of Southern California Trojans. The announcement came on Monday night after reports over the weekend had linked Enfield and USC.
Enfield led the Eagles, a No. 15 seed in the NCAA tournament, to the Sweet 16 with upsets of No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State. Enfield’s "Dunk City" style of offense drew rave reviews and FGCU was undoubtedly one of the most entertaining teams to watch during March Madness.
USC athletic director Pat Haden believes that Enfield’s success in this year’s tournament was not a fluke, and that his up-tempo style/hard-nosed defense will be a hit with Trojans fans and players. “Those in the basketball world have known of his abilities for a while," Haden said.
The university made it official when the athletic department posted on its Twitter account: “OFFICIAL: Please welcome Andy Enfield (@CoachEnfield) to the #TrojanFamily as the new head coach of @USC_Hoops. #DunkCityUSC”
According to USA Today, Enfield said in a statement:
"My family and I are thrilled to join the Trojan Family and be part of the unparalleled athletic tradition at USC ... In meeting with Pat Haden, I was very impressed with his vision for the men's basketball program. I am looking forward to bringing an exciting, up-tempo style of play to USC and building the men's basketball brand into one that the fans and basketball community will enjoy and respect."
Enfield had a record 41-28 in two seasons at FGCU. He will inherit a Trojans team that went 14-18 and 9-9 in the Pac-12 this past season. After the disappointing season, USC fired coach Kevin O'Neill in January.