FGCU announces long-time assistant Michael Fly as new head coach

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News FGCU men’s basketball head coach Michael Fly. Fly has worked as an assistant under former coached Andy Enfield and Joe Dooley.

The Florida Gulf Coast University Athletics Department named its new men’s basketball coach Thursday afternoon.

Assistant coach Michael Fly has been tapped to become the next head coach after Joe Dooley announced he had accepted a position with East Carolina University.

Fly, a graduate of University of Kentucky, has been with FGCU as an assistant since 2011 under Andy Enfield. He is the only remaining member from the 2013 Sweet Sixteen squad.

Fly is the programs fourth all-time head coach. He had recruited four of the five student athletes.

Dooley released the following farewell letter Wednesday evening:

FGCU Fans & Supporters,

For the past five years, my family and I have called FGCU and Southwest Florida home. Together, our student-athletes, staff and you – the fans – have helped build FGCU into one of the preeminent mid-major programs in the nation.

The personal and professional decision I made was not an easy one. We have accomplished something very few teams in the country have over the past five years here in Dunk City, and I have no doubt the successes you have witnessed this decade will continue for many more to come. However, this opportunity is in the best interest of my family.

I thank all of you for the opportunity to be your head coach and represent this terrific university. Thank you for filling Alico Arena each game night and making The Nest one of the best home-court atmospheres. FGCU will always hold a special place in our hearts. We’ll be rooting for the Eagles every chance we can, and wish them all the best.

Thank you for a great five years.

Coach Dooley, Tanya & Max

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