PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- WINK News has learned Andy Enfield is one of the lowest paid coaches in the Atlantic Sun Conference. People in southwest Florida are trying to change that.
In an email to WINK News, Erik Heben, on the Executive Committee of the Eagles Athletic Booster Board, The Eagles Club, wrote that Florida Gulf Coast University is at a risk of losing Enfield but he wants to stay, raise his family here.
Heben goes on to write "I'm sure his agent would want him to take the most money but I don't think that is Andy. He really likes it here. But we, the athletic booster board of the Eagles Club, want to make sure that we put up a fight so that the money differential isn't so substantial that he "has to take it."
The administrator would like to make Enfield the highest paid coach according to Heben, which would be $300,001 but at this moment the resources are not there. Heben wrote, "the athletic department does not receive funds from the state. They survive on student fees and donations. Donations went from $2 million in 2007 to $575,000 last year. From 33% of the budget to 5%."
Heben wrote, "The Athletic Booster Board of the Eagles Club has created "The Coaches Circle of Excellence," a fundraising campaign to pay and keep our coaches. This campaign will test the resolve of our communities commitment to FGCU athletics."