Florida Gulf Coast women's basketball coach Karl Smesko received interest from the University of Indiana for the second time in two years but once again he will stay in Fort Myers.
Indiana’s interest in Smesko started last week when head coach Curt Miller resigned because of health and family reasons. Smesko was also a finalist in the Hoosiers search that hired Miller in 2012.
Smesko has coached the Eagles since 2001 and is one of four coaches in the country along with Connecticut's Geno Auriemma, Baylor's Kim Mulkey and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer with an .800 or better winning percentage.
Smesko is in the fifth year of a seven-year contract. “I am happy to be at FGCU” Smesko said in a statement. "I really like and respect everyone I have met at Indiana University; however, the timing just wasn’t right to make this move.”
Smesko has won four straight Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year awards. Last year he led the Eagles to a 26-8 record. Every player is back from that team except two-time A-Sun player of the year Sarah Hansen.
Off the court Smesko's teams have excelled as well. Last season the Eagles finished with a cumulative grade point average of 3.521 to rank 11th in the country.