USC basketball head coach Andy Enfield received a contract extension through the 2021 season Monday following a successful season which saw the Trojans in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011.
Andy Enfield received a contract extension Monday to remain the USC basketball head coach for another five years after guiding the Trojans to a 21-win season this year.
Enfield had been reported as one of the coaches on Pitt’s shortlist for replacing Jamie Dixon, who recently left the Panthers for TCU. The contract extension through the 2021 season should help dispel any talk of Enfield leaving the Trojans after turning the corner ahead of schedule in his third season.
“We are very excited about the direction of our men’s basketball program under Coach Enfield and the progress that has been made,” Pat Haden said in a statement. “We look forward to continued progress and we believe that with this contract extension, Coach Enfield will bring stability and success to USC men’s basketball for the long term.”
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USC has come a long way under Enfield since he arrived in 2013. Though his Trojans finished dead last in the Pac-12 in his first season, progress was visible last year as USC became more and more competitive with the arrival of Jordan McLaughlin and the development of the likes of Julian Jacobs and Nikola Jovanovic.
In 2015, Enfield’s strong recruiting efforts landed the Trojans Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu, freshmen who became important contributors for USC. The Trojans also gelled in the uptempo system en route to a 21-13 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. In fact, the improved record was the biggest by any Power 5 team in the nation this year.
With Enfield’s place secured, USC now looks forward to an exciting 2016-17 season with only player departing due to graduation.