Is Andy Enfield the luckiest NCAA basketball coach ever? Not only is his Florida Gulf Coast University team playing in this year’s NCAA tournament, but he is also married to a former supermodel.
In 2003, a friend introduced Enfield to Amanda Marcum, who had worked her way from Mustang, Okla., population 13,000, to covergirl status in Manhattan.
The 5-10, green-eyed natural blonde who has walked runways for Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier, been featured in ads for Victoria’s Secret, Liz Claiborne and Armani, and been on the covers of Elle, Maxim, Vogue, etc., was a big Oklahoma State fan and needed a ride to Boston to catch the Cowboys’ NCAA tourney second-rounder.
The clean-cut Enfield impressed Amanda, nine years his junior, with his sense of humor, confidence and sports knowledge.
Soon after they had their first date – to a St. John’s NIT game – and six months later, they were engaged. They’ve been married almost eight years.
Amanda is as impressive in her field as Andy is in his; you can see a collection of her modeling work all over the Internet.
And if Florida Gulf Coast University pulls off a miracle win over Georgetown — Nate Silver gives them a 10.3 percent chance — she’ll be a marquee feature throughout the weekend.
In 2011, Naples News (h/t Lost Letterman) gave fans a little more insight into a wife and mother who put her family well ahead of her blossoming career.
Andy will quickly tell you, his best recruiting job – by far – was the successful courting of Amanda Marcum. As of Sunday, she’s been a model wife for exactly seven years.
Today, the woman who used to travel around the world is a stay-at-home mom raising the couple’s three children: Aila, Lily and Marcum.
“It was hard for her to give her career up,” Enfield told the Naples News. “But she loves sports so much and wanted a family and thought this is something she could do. I give her a lot of credit. Very difficult decision on her part to give up something she worked so hard for and had been so good at.”
For her part, Amanda says that she sometimes misses her former globe-trotting life, but that her sacrifices have been worth it.
“I’m happy with the choices I made,” she said. “Andy keeps me laughing. He’s a great person to depend on, and he’s a great friend and great father.”
The successful coach went on to explain the sacrifice, “She was hired all over the world, traveled to virtually every country you can think of.
It was hard for her to give her career up. But she loves sports so much and wanted a family and thought this is something she could do.”
For what it’s worth, a job that must have seemed taxing at first is working out for the couple. The program joined the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2011.
In just a couple of seasons, Enfield has the program firmly on the national stage, ready to take part in the greatest tournament in sports.