Southern California has hired Andy Enfield as men's basketball coach after he took Florida Gulf Coast to the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament.
Athletic director Pat Haden said Monday night that Enfield has reached an agreement to take over at the Pac-12 school.
Haden says Enfield's success at FGCU wasn't a flash in the pan and that his up-tempo style and stingy defense will be fun for both the Trojans players and fans.
The 43-year-old coach was 41-28 in his two seasons at the Fort Myers, Fla., school. He led the Eagles to a school-record 26 wins this season, including upsets of No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State as a 15th-seed in the NCAA tourney.
Enfield takes over from interim coach Bob Cantu, who had a 7-8 record after succeeding Kevin O'Neill, who was fired in mid-January.
But much has been made of the story of Enfield and his Supermodel wife, Manda Marcum a former Maxim model.
The two's first date is right in line with Florida Gulf Coast's underdog story. Enfield was introduced to his wife through a mutual friend.
Their first date was to a St. John's NIT game at the Carnesecca Arena in 2003. Enfield wasn't familiar with the restaurants in Queens, so he figured he'd see what was open on campus.
Taco Bell was the only restaurant open late.
"I got her a nice burrito, and we sat behind the bench," Enfield told Newsday. "I figured if she still likes me after Taco Bell and a basketball game . . . "
It's the classic old story: Boy meets girl, boy takes girl to basketball game, boy and girl eat at Taco Bell, girl happens to be Maxim model.
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