Despite leading a relatively unknown Florida Gulf Coast University basketball team to an NCAA tournament berth, coach Andy Enfield might not even be the biggest star in his own family.
Meet Amanda Marcum Enfield, former Maxim cover girl and wife to the up-and-coming basketball coach. The stunning supermodel has graced the pages of Elle and Vogue, and even appeared in a few Victoria’s Secret ads, Yahoo! Sports reports. Given FGCU’s Cinderella March Madness bid and Enfield’s smoldering looks, a Katherine Webb-style media love affair may be in the works come tournament time.
In a recent feature, Sports Illustrated discussed the fairy-tale circumstances of Amanda Marcum’s whirlwind romance with Andy Enfield. According to SI, Marcum, an Oklahoma native, was looking for a ride from New York to Boston so she could watch her hometown Cowboys play in the 2003 NCAA tournament. Apparently, Enfield offered to drive her, and the rest is history—the happy couple was married a mere six months later.
While the couple appears to be blissfully in love, basketball remains the focus of their marriage. According to another recent Yahoo! Sports story, Enfield called potential FGCU basketball recruits while Amanda was in labor with their only son. At the time, Enfield had just been hired.
"I didn't even know the nurse was in the room," Enfield told Yahoo. "I'm rolling. And I didn't know anything about FGCU. Then my wife says, 'Can you please be quiet?'”
His wife may be getting the headlines, but Andy Enfield has put together a pretty impressive resume in his own right. The coach, who learned from college basketball legend Rick Pitino, has turned a Florida Gulf Coast team that lost 20 games last season into a NCAA March Madness team.
The 15th-seeded Eagles will have the misfortune of playing the heavily favored Georgetown Hoyas, a 2-seed, on Friday. Noted statistics analyst Nate Silver has given the team a mere 10 percent chance of pulling off an upset. Still, after landing a Maxim model, Enfield has to like those odds.
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...