Enfield ushers in new era in FGCU basketball
It’s been a whirlwind spring for Andy Enfield, Florida Gulf Coast University’s new men’s basketball coach. Since he was named head coach March 30, he’s had his third child, fielded thousands of phone calls and text messages, hired three assistant coaches and begun recruiting new players.
The former Florida State University assistant coach is the second person to hold the head position at FGCU. He succeeds Dave Balza, who founded the team and coached it for 10 years.
With the university about to enter full post-season eligibility in Division I this fall, FGCU Athletics Director Ken Kavanagh decided it was time for a change.
“I want to thank Dave Balza for his decade of dedication to FGCU and the basketball team,” he said during a news conference announcing Enfield’s appointment. In choosing Enfield, he said, “We looked for the best fit for FGCU’s men’s basketball as we move into post-season eligibility.”
Kavanagh cited Enfield’s integrity, experience and entrepreneurial savvy, demonstrated by his hand in raising $7 million in a capital campaign at FSU.
“I’ve been preparing for this day for a long time,” Enfield said at the news conference. “My goal here is to create a culture of family. I don’t want to just win the A-Sun; I want to develop student-athletes.”
He says he hopes to take the team to the top of the Atlantic Sun Conference and on to the NCAA post-season tournament, where he expects to “win some games. How far we go will be determined by how hard we work.”
Enfield’s other goal is to create excitement in the community and fill Alico Arena with cheering fans.
He’s hired three assistant coaches and signed three promising recruits, including 6-foot-9-inch Croatian forward Filip Cvjeticanin and 6-foot-9 Iowa State transfer student Eric McKnight.
Enfield brings impressive credentials with him. Originally from Shippensburg, Pa., he was his high school’s valedictorian. At Division III Johns Hopkins University, he set an NCAA career free-throw record at 92.5 percent (431 of 466 throws). 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.
He also excelled in the classroom, majoring in economics and earning 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.