Andy Enfield left the NBA coaching ranks with the goal of helping elevate the Florida State basketball program to national prominence. He has certainly succeeded. In only four seasons as an assistant coach in Tallahassee, Enfield has led the Seminoles to two NCAA Tournament appearances and the first ACC championship game appearance in school history. In addition to those successes, Enfield has also immensely boosted Florida State's recruiting efforts, having drawn three top 25 classes and two McDonald's All-Americans to Tallahassee.
TEAM SINCE JOINING
Since joining the Florida State bench in 2006, Enfield has led the program to new heights, as the Seminoles made their first ever ACC championship game appearance under his watch in 2009. That same season, the Seminoles returned to the NCAA Tournament after an 11 year absence, and finished the season ranked No. 16 in the final AP poll - the highest ranking to end a season since 1989, when the team also finished 16th after an NCAA Tournament appearance. Enfield's ability to recruit and develop players has paid off for Florida State, as in 2010 the team made a return trip to the NCAA Tournament, marking the first time in 17 years a Seminole team had competed in NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons. Additionally, the Seminoles have won at least 22 games in three of his four seasons on staff. In the always competitive ACC, Florida State has won at least 10 conference games in consecutive seasons for the first time since the teams' first two years in the ACC (1992-93). The Seminoles have won the second highest amount of ACC games in the last two seasons.
TEAM STATISTICAL IMPROVEMENT
Under Enfield's guidance, in 2010, Florida State ranked among the top-25 nationally in four distinct categories (1st in field goal percentage defense, 10th in blocks per game, 19th in scoring defense and 25th in rebounding margin), while ranking in the top-50 nationally in two other categories (29th in steals per game and 49th in scoring margin). Florida State's No. 1 ranking in field goal percentage defense marks the first time in school history that the team has ranked first nationally in any category.
Enfield's recruiting successes led him to be named as the most visible assistant coach in the nation by Basketball Times for the 2009 recruiting period. His unique NBA experience and proven ability to help players improve at multiple levels makes Florida State an attractive destination for future Seminoles. He has helped recruit ten national Top 100 high school players including two McDonald's All-Americans, and had a vital role in helping the Seminoles land a nationally ranked Top 10 recruiting class in 2008. In his most recent recruiting class, Enfield helped draw two more Top 40 players including point guard and No. 21 overall recruit Ian Miller and No. 36 ranked Okaro White. In Enfield's time as an assistant coach at Florida State, he has overseen the recruiting of three Top-25 recruiting classes including No. 9 in 2008, No. 24 in 2009 and No. 16 in 2010.
Michael Snaer came to Florida State as a top-flight recruit, earning McDonald's All-American honors as a senior in high school and a national recruiting ranking as high as No. 11 overall in the nation. Having helped recruit him to Tallahassee, Enfield was obviously set on turning Snaer into a productive college player, and he did just that, as Snaer earned All-ACC freshman honors in 2010.
IMPACT ON TEAMS
The fifth-year assistant coach has been nationally recognized for his ability to teach the finer points of basketball - particularly on the offensive end. His players have shown remarkable improvement in their shooting percentages, technique and offensive efficiency as the program has gained national prominence during his tenure.
Enfield's success at Florida State was recognized by the editors of ESPN The Magazine during the 2008-09 season when he was featured as one of five super assistant coaches in college basketball.
FREE THROW SHOOTING
Florida State has become one of the top free throw shooting teams in the nation since Enfield's arrival at Florida State. The Seminoles have set the school record for team free throw shooting percentage twice in his four seasons, including the current mark of .773 in 2008. Florida State ranked fifth in the nation in 2008 and ninth in 2007 in the category. In Enfield's first three seasons on the job in Tallahassee, the Seminoles were the eighth best free throw shooting team in the nation. Under Enfield's watchful shooting eye, former Seminole post players 6'9 Uche Ecehfu and 7'1 Solomon Alabi improved their free throw shooting percentages from just over 50 percent as freshman to better than 80 percent at the conclusion of the their careers. Ucehfu led the ACC in free throw shooting in conference games as a senior with a 90.9 percent mark while Alabi ranked in the ACC's top 10 by shooting 80 percent from the free throw line.
Enfield worked closely with All-American and All-ACC First Team selection Toney Douglas throughout his three-year career at Florida State. The two arrived at Florida State in 2006 (Douglas red-shirted his first year in Tallahassee) and Enfield helped Douglas lead the ACC in scoring with a 21.5 points per game average as a senior. He shot a career-high 38.5 percent from the 3-point line as a senior in 2009. Douglas finished his career with 1,655 points in three seasons which ranks as the fifth-highest career point total and is the most ever by a player who only played three years at Florida State. Enfield improved Douglas' scoring productivity each year in Tallahassee as the guard averaged 12.7 points per game as a sophomore and 15.4 points per game as a junior before winning the conference scoring title in his last year with a 21.5 points per game scoring average. In his final season as a Seminole, Douglas finished runner up in ACC Player of the Year voting and won ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Douglas was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Enfield also played a big role in the offensive breakout of Al Thornton during his senior season at Florida State. Thornton shot a career-high .530 from the field (fifth in the ACC), a career-high .790 from the free throw line (seventh in the ACC) and a career-high .444 from the 3-point line in averaging a career-high and ACC leading 19.7 points per game. Thornton was an All-America Third-Team and All-ACC First-Team selection and finished as the runner-up for the prestigious ACC Player of the Year award. Thornton was named to the NBA All-Rookie First-Team in his first professional season. Additionally, Enfield worked with Uche Echefu who realized one of the most remarkable free throw shooting percentage improvements during his career as a Seminole. As a freshman he shot 54.5 percent from the line; with Enfield's tutoring, he raised his shooting percentage to 84.8 percent as senior and led the ACC with an incredible 90.9 percent mark from the line in conference play.
Prior to joining the Seminole staff and Leonard Hamilton, Enfield was an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks and was a consultant for numerous other NBA teams.
Enfield was an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics of the NBA from 1998-2000 - a time during which he worked with head coach Rick Pitino in building the franchise into a play-off contending team. While in Boston, Enfield worked closely with five-time All-Star Paul Pierce, the Celtics first round draft choice in 1998. Pierce was named to the NBA All-Rookie team as he averaged 16.5 points and 6.4 rebounds. With Enfield on the staff during the 1999-2000 season, the Celtics were the most improved free throw shooting team in the league.
Enfield also worked as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks from 1994-96 as they, too, drafted well and began a growth period that helped the franchise return to the playoffs. During his first season in Milwaukee, the team showed a 14-game improvement from the previous season and found itself in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs until late in the season. Enfield tutored Glenn Robinson (the No. 1 overall selection in the 1994 NBA Draft) and four-time All-Star forward Vin Baker. Robinson averaged 21.9 points and Baker 17.7 as they formed one of the highest scoring and best shooting duos in the league that season.
Enfield is the president of All Net Basketball, one of the top basketball instructional programs in the United States. He has coached over 100 NBA players on shooting and offensive development. He was a guest clinician on the topic of shooting at the NABC Coaches' Clinic at the1998 and 2005 NCAA Final Fours. He has been hired as a coaching consultant for NBA teams such as the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards as well as numerous college basketball programs across the country. He has also been an invited clinician for basketball programs overseas and professional teams as far away as China.
Enfield set the all-time NCAA career free-throw percentage record with a mark of 92.5% (431 of 466). He 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 of his playing career and also holds the two highest single-season point totals in school history, with 606 points in 1990 and 610 points in 1991.
Enfield's accomplishments in the classroom were just as impressive as his exploits on the basketball court at Hopkins as he earned First Team GTE Academic All-America 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 scholar-athlete of the year by the NABC in 1991.
Enfield relied on his educational and business background to help develop TractManager, Inc. into the most successful document imaging and contract management company within the Healthcare and Real Estate markets. As part of the initial investment group and one of three key executives in the start up company, Enfield helped transform TractManager, Inc. into a very successful and profitable company.
Enfield earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Johns Hopkins in 1991 and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland in 1994. He earned a 3.5 grade point average as an undergraduate.
Enfield and his wife Amanda, have two daughters: Aila (4) and Lily (3).