NEW YORK -- Andy Enfield couldn't get basketball out of his blood, even after he helped build a health-care contract-management software company.
That's part of the reason Enfield - with an MBA, a fashion-model wife and the career scoring record at Johns Hopkins University - is making history as coach of Florida Gulf Coast University, the biggest surprise of the NCAA Tournament.
The Eagles, from Fort Myers, Fla., are the first No. 15 seed to reach the regional semifinals, after upsets of No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State. Featuring a running, dunking style of play, they next play No. 3 Florida as 13-point underdogs Friday in Arlington, Texas, six years after joining college basketball's top level.
"As a Division I basketball coach you need to be the CEO of a program," Enfield told reporters after his team's 81-71 win over San Diego State on Sunday in Philadelphia.
His players surrounded the 43-year-old coach in the locker room, chanting "An-dy, An-dy," and dousing him with water.
Enfield is no stranger to success or startups.
He scored 2,025 points at Johns Hopkins from 1988 to 1991, one of his 15 school records, and set a Division III mark with a 92.5 career free throw percentage. He paid for an MBA at the University of Maryland, he said, by running a lacrosse camp.
Enfield also worked in the National Basketball Association as a shooting consultant and coach, becoming an assistant with the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. He said he moved to New York, launched a website called onnetshooting.com, and continued work with NBA teams and players.
In 2000, he became one of the first employees of TractManager, which was founded by his friend Tom Rizk and now works with more than 6,000 health-care facilities, according to a company news release. He was the senior vice president of finance and ran the sales team, Rizk said.
"Since I had my MBA in finance, I wanted to try to build a startup company and see where it went," Enfield said. "Through Tom's leadership and the other great people I worked with, we were able to make it successful and eventually profitable."
It was also at that time that Enfield met Amanda Marcum, a model who's been on the cover of magazines such as Maxim, Vogue and Elle. Their first date was at a 2003 National Invitation Tournament game in New York, a week after driving to an NCAA game in Boston when a mutual friend introduced them.
"I pulled up to the Starbucks in Manhattan to pick them up, and as soon as I saw Amanda get in my car, I knew it would be a good trip," he said.