Michael Fly elevated to head coach at FGCU

Florida Gulf Coast has hired from within, promoting longtime assistant Michael Fly to the position of head coach. Fly has been on the Eagles’ staff since 2011, working under the last two head coaches (Andy Enfield and Joe Dooley).

This will be the first head coaching position for the 34-year-old Fly, who also worked as a video coordinator under Leonard Hamilton and had internships with both the NCAA and the Charlotte Bobcats NBA franchise.

Enfield and Dooley built the young FGCU program into the marquee Atlantic Sun squad and Fly was a part of it the whole way (who can forget Dunk City in 2013?). AD Ken Kavanagh is certainly hoping to maintain that level of success by keeping the hire within the family and handing the reigns over to Fly.

Dooley’s hiring at East Carolina was finalized on Wednesday. He returns to ECU, where he coached three seasons in the late 1990s, following a very successful five-year tenure in Fort Myers. Under Dooley, the Eagles went to five postseason tournaments (2 NCAA, 2 NIT, 1 CIT) and never finished lower than 2nd in the A-Sun standings.