Florida Gulf Coast University students try to distract a Loyola Maryland player during a recent game at Alico Arena in Fort Myers. / Kinfay Moroti/news-press.com
Key dates in the construction of the FGCU mens basketball team, which is in its second season of full Division I postseason eligibility and is headed to the NCAA tournament for the first time:
Florida Gulf Coast University established by the Florida legislature.
First students arrive.
First intercollegiate athletics programs begin competition in golf and tennis.
Dave Balza hired as mens basketball head coach.
4,500-seat Alico Arena opened at FGCU.
Mens and womens basketball teams begin first seasons as NAIA programs.
FGCU accepted to the NCAA as a Division-II institution.
FGCU begins four-year reclassification period to D-I without postseason eligibility.
FGCU goes 39-82 in four D-I transitional seasons.
Dave Balza removed as head coach.
Former FSU and NBA assistant Andy Enfield named second head coach in program history.
Enfield hires staff, including assistants Kevin Norris, Marty Richter and Michael Fly.
FGCU approved as a non-provisional D-I program with full membership status.
FGCU adds four freshmen for 2011-2012 season: Brett Comer, Bernard Thompson, Filip Cvjeticanin and Dante Holmes (no longer with the team).
FGCU adds Iowa State transfer Eric McKnight, who wont be eligible until 2012-2013 season.
Rising seniors Ed Rolax and Kevin Cantinol, rising juniors Sherwood Brown and Eddie Murray and rising sophomores Chase Fieler, Christophe Varidel and Marcus Blake remain with program; six non-seniors depart.
FGCU has program Division I best 15 wins and reaches A-Sun final in first postseason appearance.
FGCU adds three freshmen for 2012-2013: DaJuan Graf, Leonard Livingston and Alex Blessig.
FGCU adds transfers Jamail Jones (Marquette) and Nate Hicks (Georgia Tech), who wont be eligible until 2013-2014.
FGCU signs high school seniors Logan Hovey and Jordan Neff for 2013-2014 season.
FGCU goes 24-10 and wins A-Sun tournament to earn NCAA tournament automatic berth.