Andy Enfield, who led Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16 in the school’s first tournament appearance, has signed a deal that will make him USC’s new head basketball coach, the school announced late Monday night.
Enfield had been rumored as a candidate for the Trojans job since FGCU was eliminated by Florida on Friday.
Though he is best known for leading the mid-major Eagles on their miraculous run as a No. 15 seed in just his second year as a head coach, Enfield has plenty of experience both at major college programs (five years as an assistant at Florida State) and at the professional level (stints with both the Celtics and Bucks in the mid-to-late 90’s).
Enfield inherits a Southern Cal team that finished 14-18 this season (ninth place in the Pac-12) and has missed the national tournament in two of the last three years. The team fired coach Kevin O’Neill 17 games into the 2012-13 season, with assistant Bob Cantu serving as the interim head coach for the remainder.