Extra credit if you know who won the Atlantic Sun Conference basketball tournament this year, to the head of the class if you guessed Florida Gulf Coast. Andy Enfield’s Eagles won their conference tournament then captured the hearts of America as they shocked Georgetown and San Diego State on their “Dunk City” run to the NCAA’s Sweet 16. They’ll be what we remember when we forget about this years tournament.
We weren’t the only ones noticing, Southern Cal Athletic Director Pat Haden was paying attention and now Andy Enfield coaches the USC Trojans and will make about a million dollars more a season doing it. It won’t be easy, football not basketball is king at USC. A 14-18 season cost Kevin O’Neill his job in mid-season creating the opening for Enfield.
Bill Nelson has coached basketball at Hopkins since 1986 and Andy Enfield was one of his first recruits. The son of schoolteachers, Enfield came to Baltimore from Shippensburg, PA and left his mark. He’s still Hopkins all-time leading scorer with 2,025 points and his 92.5% career free shooting is still an NCAA record. He lead the Blue Jays to the NCAA tournament with game described by a teammate as an “NBA shot with D-3 speed” Enfield was a 2-time academic all-American and was inducted into the John’s Hopkins Hall of Fame in 2001.
He loved the art of shooting and worked at basketball camps, including Gary Williams, teaching kids the game. One day he’s working with little Jimmy and Megan at summer camp the next day he’s part of Rick Pitino’s Boston Celtics staff and Paul Pierce is his pupil. Andy Enfield has learned from Bill Nelson, Rick Pitino and Leonard Hamilton but he’s his own man. He’s won at Gulf Coast and Wall Street and is married to a Victoria’s Secret model. The kid that showed up in Baltimore in the late 80’s has earned his way to Southern Cal. Hooray for Hollywood and Andy Enfield.