Florida Gulf Coast is full of underdogs, and even head coach Andy Enfield pulled off an upset by marrying supermodel Amanda Marcum.
The happy couple met in 2003 and now have three children. With the Eagles’ improbable run in the NCAA Tournament, the press has taken notice of Marcum, 34, watching her husband’s game from the stands.
This has cast her back into the spotlight, as she no longer models.
Here is everything you need to know about Mrs. Andy Enfield.
She Met Andy Enfield at a Basketball Game
There is no more appropriate place for this couple to have kicked off their relationship.
Marcum is an Oklahoma native, and in 2003, she needed a ride from New York City to Boston to watch the Oklahoma State Cowboys battle Syracuse in the second round, as Sports Illustrated’s Andy Glockner notes. A mutual friend connected them and Enfield, unsurprisingly, happily helped Marcum get to the game.
The two were clearly compatible, and decided to get engaged just six months later.
Basketball played a big part in their relationship from the very beginning, and given Enfield’s recent success with FGCU, this is unlikely to change any time soon.
She is Not the Next Katherine Webb
The last time a sports figure’s significant other attracted this much attention was when Katherine Webb, A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, was the subject of Brent Musburger’s affection during the BCS National Championship Game.
Webb has since been able to capitalize on the attention she received during the broadcast to get jobs in modeling and reality television. But do not expect to see Marcum popping up on TMZ anytime soon.
She already made it as a model and was very successful, getting to travel the world for on-location photo shoots. But she could not continue to trot the globe while her husband worked long hours in his coaching job and raise a family. Enfield said the following about his wife to NaplesNews.com’s Dana Caldwell:
It was hard for her to give her career up. 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.
Marcum made her choice to leave the public eye, and even with her newfound celebrity status, she will leave her career in the past.
She is the Best Coach’s Wife Ever
Being the wife of a college basketball coach cannot be easy. And there are some moments that must be more difficult than others.
Yahoo Sports’ Eric Adelson reported Enfield's unflinching commitment to improving his program after being hired at FGCU and wrote:
He was hired on March 31, 2011, a week before the birth of his only son. He admits he recruited via phone from the seat beside his wife's hospital bed, both before and after the delivery. There he was, calling up preps and their families while Amanda had her IVs changed.
Adelson then quotes Enfield sharing that his wife said, “Can you please be quiet?” The fact that she used the word please in this situation suggests that her patience and understanding is otherworldly.
Andy Enfield really does have it made.