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Fly named head coach of FGCU men’s basketball team

April 5, 2018
Special to The Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Michael Fly, who has spent the previous seven years as an assistant coach on the Eagles' staff, has been selected as the head coach of the FGCU men's basketball program.

Fly has been a part of more than 150 wins the past seven years, six ASUN Tournament Final appearances, three NCAA Tournament victories, three ASUN Tournament titles and three ASUN Regular Season Championships, two berths in the NIT, a CIT appearance and a run to the Sweet Sixteen which captivated the nation and put the Southwest Florida campus on the national radar for good.

The only remaining member from that 2013 Sweet Sixteen squad, Fly has been an integral and loyal member of two staffs which have changed the men's basketball culture in every facet, resulting in team accomplishments and player developments to coincide with the Dunk City mantra.

"I am excited and humbled for the opportunity that University President Dr. Mike Martin and Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh have given me to lead this program," said Fly. "I am thankful to Joe Dooley for the lessons I've learned from him the last five years and what we've built together. I'd also like to thank (coaches) Andy Enfield, Leonard Hamilton, Bernie Bickerstaff and Happy Osborne for helping put me in this position.

"I want to thank our past, current and future student-athletes, because without them we don't have a program," Fly continued. "I'm excited about hitting the recruiting trail hard, and I look forward to playing an exciting style of basketball, winning a lot of games and championships and having a lot of fun doing it."

A 2006 University of Kentucky alumnus, Fly will become the program's fourth all-time head coach (since 2002; Division-I in 2007), joining Dave Balza (2002-11), Andy Enfield (2011-13) and Joe Dooley (2013-18), who on Wednesday accepted the same position at East Carolina University.

"We are very excited to elevate Michael to this extremely well-earned position," stated Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh. "He has not only been a significant and loyal contributor to two great mentors over the past seven years, but has grown overall to the point that we believe he is the best overall fit for FGCU men's basketball at this juncture. We look forward to him building his staff, and for them to collectively work with our quality student-athletes to continue the remarkable success story of our program for years to come."

Fly, who will turn 35 on May 29, has coached a dozen all-conference selections while with the Green and Blue, including two ASUN Player of the Year honors in Sherwood Brown and Brandon Goodwin, and two ASUN Defensive Player of the Year selections in Bernard Thompson and Demetris Morant.

Looking ahead to the 2018-19 season, Fly has recruited four of the five incoming student-athletes: Troy Baxter Jr. (UNLV transfer; Tallahas-see native), Haanif Cheatham (Mar-quette transfer; Fort Lauderdale native), Caleb Catto (Southwest Florida Christian HS) and Zach Scott (Fort Lauderdale's Westminister Academy).

FGCU is one of only 18 teams in the nation to have posted six-straight 20 win campaigns which have culminated in postseason appearances: 2013, '16, '17 NCAA Tournament; 2014, '18 NIT; 2015 CIT. During Fly's time on the sidelines with the Eagles, FGCU has secured a 155-86 record (.643 winning percentage).

This past year, the Eagles earned an automatic NIT berth with their second-straight outright ASUN Regular Season Championship.



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