Updated 2:01 p.m.
Men’s basketball assistant coach Kevin Sutton wants to go to Dunk City.
He’s submitted his name for the head coach opening at Florida Gulf Coast University, Seth Soffian of The News-Press reports. The slot is open after Andy Enfield accepted the USC coaching position, following FGCU’s Cinderella run in the NCAA tournament this year.
Athletics communications declined to make Sutton available for comment, and said there would be no statement from anyone with the program on the news.
Sutton is one of many coaches to express interest in the position, according to the News-Press. Should GW’s assistant coach get hired, he would also be the latest in a series of departures for the men’s basketball team that include the transfers of senior guard Lasan Kromah and sophomore forward Jonathan Davis, the potential transfer of senior forward David Pellom and the de-commitment of heralded recruit Nigel Johnson.
Head coach Mike Lonergan has not commented on the program’s departures beyond statements in press releases. The athletics communication department has declined to make both Lonergan and players available for comment.
Should the assistant coach depart the program, it would likely be a blow to Lonergan’s recruiting system, now of crucial importance with the multiple roster hits the team’s taken in recent weeks.
Sutton is in his second season with the Colonials, after Lonergan brought him on in May 2011. Prior to his stint in Foggy Bottom, Sutton boasted Florida ties, serving as the athletic director and head coach of the boys’ basketball team at Montverde Academy for eight years. Under his leadership, the Eagles earned a 2007 National Title and were 2010 National High School Invitational Runners-Up. Montverde was No. 13 in the final USA Today rankings in 2011, finishing the season with a 22-4 record.