Basketball coach Andy Enfield leaves USC for SMU

After 11 years as the head coach of the Trojans, Enfield is departing for the same position at SMU.

LOS ANGELES — After nearly a week of speculation, the Southern California tenure for Andy Enfield has ended.

Enfield on Monday left USC after 11 seasons to become men’s basketball coach at Southern Methodist University.

He was hired at USC by then-Athletic Director Pat Haden in the spring of 2013. He came to the Trojans after leading Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament as a No. 15 seed. Nicknamed “Dunk City,” Enfield’s FGCU squad upset heavily favored Georgetown and San Diego State and became the first No. 15 seed to reach the tournament’s second weekend.

In 11 years at USC, Enfield compiled an overall record of 220-146. He made five NCAA Tournament appearances and won 20 or more games in seven of his final nine seasons. The high point of Enfield’s tenure was a run to the Elite Eight during the COVID-impacted NCAA Tournament of 2021.

Despite Enfield’s success at USC, the program never seemed to quite get over the hump under his leadership. In more than a decade behind Enfield, the Trojans never won a Pac-12 regular-season or tournament title. They were never higher than a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament and they advanced beyond first weekend once.

Enfield’s final season at USC was his most disappointing. The Trojans were returning the majority of the previous year’s NCAA Tournament team — led by All-Pac-12 guard Boogie Ellis — and added the country’s top recruit in Isaiah Collier. However, USC fell far short of its preseason goals, stumbling to a 15-18 record and a ninth place finish in a relatively mediocre Pac-12 Conference. It was Enfield’s worst season at USC since his second year, when the program was still rebuilding.

While Enfield was not going to be fired, his seat was getting warmer as the Trojans were preparing to enter the Big Ten. Rather than try to retool the program yet again in a new conference, Enfield ultimately decided to jump ship and start fresh at SMU.

“On behalf of USC Athletics, I want to thank Andy Enfield for his eleven seasons of leadership and service to the University,” current AD Jennifer Cohen said in a statement. “He elevated and established USC Men’s Basketball as a premier program with a strong national presence. We are so grateful for everything Andy accomplished and we wish him, Amanda, Aila, Lily, and Marcum all the best in this new chapter in their lives.”

Cohen said that the program’s “national search for a new head coach is underway,” adding she is “confident we will find the right person to lead our program.”

No timeline for hiring of USC’s next coach was revealed.