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FGCU coach Andy Enfield has taken his shots and made the most of them
Players rave about Enfield’s communication skills. He’s not a yeller, but he’s a self-acknowledged “CEO of a program,” able to manage the job and people at the same time. Enfield likes to keep it light, but players know what not to talk about.
“I don’t joke around with him about his wife. He does control my play time,” junior forward Chase Fieler said. “We try and take his background [into account]. He’s the shooting percentage leader, so we know he’s a great shooting coach. He has the background in the NBA. So just taking that experience that he’s had, even being on Wall Street, being a business major, he’s helped us a lot with what the schooling can do for us.”
Enfield also has the experience of winning in life, something he was able to transfer over to players when he took over at FGCU.
“The year before he came in, I scored 11 points my entire season, sat on the bench a lot. And he came in and he said, ‘We’re going to try to build something here, and we really think that you can help us,’” redshirt senior forward Eddie Murray said. “Everything he’s done has been awesome, gave me confidence. Just the locker room, we’ve had a better feeling ever since he came in.”
Enfield will be a hot name for head coaching vacancies at bigger programs, much like Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart. Whether he decides to cash in on this NCAA tournament success and ensuing stardom or continues to “aim for the stars” at FGCU, Enfield isn’t likely to be far from the spotlight.
But he bristles at the notion of his impressive life story making him college basketball’s version of the most interesting man in the world.
“I’m not that interesting. I’m a pretty simple person,” Enfield said. “It is a little chaotic around my household at times with three small children, and being a basketball coach is not an easy profession from a weird hours and weekends and holidays. But as far as being interesting, I would say I’m way down the list.”
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