College basketball: Dunk City's new coach getting comfortable, recruiting
Updated 05/08/2013 at 2:44 p.m.
The 47-year-old Dooley said his top priority has been “getting to a comfort level with” his returnees.
College baseball: FGCU has been 'The Answer' for Brooks Beisner
Published 05/06/2013 at 7:22 a.m.
Brooks Beisner wanted to go home. Florida Gulf Coast University was close enough and its baseball coach was like family.
Prep softball: Naples High wins controversial regional quarterfinal over Riverdale
Published 04/25/2013 at 9:59 p.m.
FORT MYERS — There was quite a bit of controversy at Riverdale as the Raiders hosted Naples in a Class 6A regional quarterfinal Thursday night.
FGCU hires Kansas assistant Joe Dooley as new men's basketball coach
Updated 04/17/2013 at 10:01 p.m.
ESTERO — Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self knows about jams, and he said Wednesday afternoon that Jayhawks assistant Joe Dooley will be a slam dunk as Florida Gulf Coast University’s new coach.
Report: FGCU assistant Kevin Norris to join Enfield at USC
Published 04/16/2013 at 1:19 p.m.
Gary Parrish of CBS reported Tuesday that Florida Gulf Coast University assistant Kevin Norris will join former Eagles coach Andy Enfield's staff at USC.
Men's basketball: Enfield endorses Richter as his replacement at FGCU
Published 04/15/2013 at 10:17 p.m.
Former Florida Gulf Coast University and current USC coach Andy Enfield gave his endorsement to Eagles assistant and interim coach Marty Richter to replace him as head coach.
Men's basketball: Andy Enfield talks about leaving FGCU for USC
Updated 04/02/2013 at 6:36 p.m.
"This was a very calculated decision I made," Enfield said about taking the USC and leaving FGCU after two years.
Men's basketball: USC confirms FGCU's Andy Enfield as new head coach
Updated 04/02/2013 at 1:03 a.m.
USC athletics announced via its Twitter account that FGCU's Andy Enfield is its new head coach.
Men's basketball: Enfield's Eagles on the rise, heading to NCAA tourney
Published 03/10/2013 at 12:36 a.m.
MACON, Ga. — Florida Gulf Coast University’s men donned their white Atlantic Sun champion caps and T-shirts at midcourt of Mercer’s home floor, then jumped on one another, their mascot, Azul, and the cheerleaders as “Paradise City” blared on the ...
Women's basketball: Loss overshadow's Hansen's record-breaking night
Published 03/10/2013 at 12:30 a.m.
MACON, Ga. — Sarah Hansen’s tears were supposed to be of joy and not sadness.
Men's basketball: FGCU rolls over Stetson to A-Sun tourney title game
Updated 03/08/2013 at 11:37 p.m.
The Florida Gulf Coast University basketball team is headed to its second straight Atlantic Sun tournament championship game.
College basketball: FGCU women look to sweep Stetson for A-Sun title
Published 03/08/2013 at 5:40 p.m.
MACON, Ga. — To get back to the Big Dance, the Florida Gulf Coast University women must first get through Stetson.
College basketball: FGCU men will trade sleep for chance to Dance
Published 03/08/2013 at 6:40 a.m.
The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team will lose some sleep if its going to have a chance to make The Dance.
College basketball: FGCU men look to get in A-Sun title game again; Stetson stands in the way
Updated 03/08/2013 at 1:44 a.m.
MACON, Ga. — The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team cheerfully loaded its charter bus after watching top-seeded Mercer rout Lipscomb late Wednesday night in the Atlantic Sun tournament.
FGCU: Men's basketball player won't be suspended
Published 03/03/2013 at 12:58 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast University's men won't begin Atlantic Sun tournament play without one of their best players after all. Sunday, the Eagles learned dynamic sophomore guard Bernard Thompson will not be suspended from the 2:30 p.m. Wednesday game against No. ...
Prep boys basketball: Fort Myers jumps out early, knocks off Naples in 6A regional quarterfinal
Published 02/14/2013 at 9:59 p.m.
FORT MYERS —With their coach, Pierre Eaton, punishing gum and imploring them, Naples High's boys looked like fawns in headlights in the first period of Thursday night's Class 6A regional quarterfinal basketball game at Fort Myers High.
Prep boys basketball: Gulf Coast beats Naples for 6A-14 title, first in school history
Published 02/08/2013 at 11:15 p.m.
When it was over Friday night, Gulf Coast coaches and players patiently waited for their legion of fans, who had pushed them all night, to snap photos of them with their district title plaque.
College softball: Palmetto Ridge grads Metzger, Stevens leave team at FGCU
Published 02/07/2013 at 8:39 p.m.
ESTERO — There are no more Naples players on the Florida Gulf Coast University roster.
Prep football: 2 Sharks sign with Division III colleges
Updated 02/06/2013 at 7:02 p.m.
Prep wrestling: Golden Gate rolls in defense of 1A-12 district title
Published 02/01/2013 at 10:09 p.m.
FORT MYERS — Golden Gate defended its Class 1A-District 12 title with ease Friday night at Southwest Florida Christian.
Prep boys soccer: Evangelical beats First Baptist in 1A regional quarterfinal
Published 01/30/2013 at 10:07 p.m.
FORT MYERS — The best-ever First Baptist Academy boys soccer season came to a halt in a Wednesday night Class 1A regional quarterfinal at rival Evangelical Christian.
2012 NDN BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Carlos Miranda, Palmetto Ridge
Published 12/25/2012 at 7 p.m.
Up and down courses are commonplace in cross country.
2012 NDN GIRLS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: Elise Haan, Gulf Coast
Published 12/25/2012 at 7 p.m.
Elise Haan continued to make big waves in Florida swimming as a sophomore.
College basketball: FGCU's Varidel not sitting still with new role
Published 12/20/2012 at 5:25 a.m.
Prep basketball: Gulfshore Invitational officially canceled
Published 12/14/2012 at 11:26 p.m. 2 Comments
For the first time in 16 years Naples will not host a boys basketball tournament as attempt to go national fails.
Prep basketball: Revamped Gulfshore Invitational in trouble financially; teams dropping out
Updated 12/14/2012 at 1:11 p.m. 1 Comment
The Naples Daily News has obtained an email sent to a North Carolina coach whose team was set to play in the GulfShore invite. The events creator Alex Getta basically explains a sponsor has dropped out and the money teams ...
College basketball: Off bench Varidel sparks FGCU to victory over FIU
Published 12/13/2012 at 11 p.m.
Christophe Varidel hasn’t started a single game this season for Florida Gulf Coast University. Thursday night, off the bench, the junior started a first-half rally and led the Eagles to a 76-73 victory over Florida International.
FGCU Notebook: ESPN expert picks struggling Lady Eagles in NCCA tourney field
Published 12/13/2012 at 6 a.m.
Until this season, FGCU women's basketball team had lost only three straight games once, in its second-ever season of 2002-03.
MLB Locals: Barron grad Chris Resop getting ready to adjust to another move
Published 12/04/2012 at 7:57 p.m.
ESTERO — During Sunday's Night at the Nest fundraising auction and dinner at Florida Gulf Coast University, right-handed reliever Chris Resop still was trying to digest the latest news.
Friday night lights: Scenes from Southwest Florida playoff football games
Published 11/30/2012 at 11:09 p.m.
They started the day with sights set on a title, three teams looking to inch closer to the Citrus Bowl. For three hours, the boys from Naples, Immokalee and First Baptist Academy battled, their boisterous fa
College volleyball: Gulf Coast grad Sundai Weston, sister Casey following dreams
Published 11/28/2012 at 4:11 p.m.
Dave and Toni Weston always have encouraged both of their daughters to go for those oft-elusive dreams, no matter how tiny the stages may be.
Prep football: South Fort Myers blanks Barron Collier, 27-0, out of playoffs
Updated 11/16/2012 at 11 p.m.
FORT MYERS — In a run-heavy Class 6A regional quarterfinal, South Fort Myers proved to be too strong, too fast and too talented for Barron Collier on a chilly Friday night.
Women's soccer: FGCU's Ciesielczyk suspended following arrest
Updated 11/07/2012 at 12:33 a.m.
Ashley Ciesielczyk, a key member of Florida Gulf Coast University's NCAA tournament-bound women's soccer team, was arrested and released in Fort Myers early Monday on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
FGCU men's basketball plays at Community School on Oct. 24
Published 10/17/2012 at 11:50 a.m.
Florida Gulf Coast University's men's basketball team is branching out for its only open-to-the-public preseason scrimmage. The Eagles will play at the Community School of Naples at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. Admission is free.
PrepZone: Monday football notebook
Published 10/08/2012 at 11:12 p.m.
Notes on area football teams:
FGCU notebook: Nation is noticing men's basketball program
Published 09/14/2012 at 5 a.m.
Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield recently got some big props from Michael Rogner of Bloguin.com.
Women's basketball: FGCU routs Kennesaw State, advances to A-Sun title game
Updated 03/02/2012 at 5:29 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast University’s women’s basketball team passed a tough Atlantic Sun tournament test early Friday afternoon.
Women's soccer: FGCU wins A-Sun title on Wacker's goal in second OT
Updated 11/06/2011 at 4:50 p.m.
Sunday afternoon's Atlantic Sun women's soccer championship game was Florida Gulf Coast University's first shot at an automatic Division I NCAA tournament bid in any sport. The Eagles finally nailed it.
FGCU officially becomes member of NCAA Division I
Updated 08/11/2011 at 3:38 p.m.
The process that began with chats former Florida Gulf Coast University athletic director Carl McAloose and then-Atlantic Sun commissioner Bill Bibb in 2004 finally reached its conclusion Thursday.
FGCU baseball player suspended six games after DUI arrest
Updated 02/26/2011 at 2:16 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast University senior All-Atlantic Sun third baseman/catcher Tim Roberson was suspended for the Eagles' first six games after being charged with DUI on Feb. 11.
FGCU basketball games postponed due to snowstorm in South Carolina
Updated 01/10/2011 at 11:15 a.m.
Tonight's Florida Gulf Coast University's men's and women's Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader at USC Upstate has been postponed due to several inches of snow that fell in Spartanburg, S.C., on Sunday and more snow and ice in Monday's forecast.
When will FGCU field a football team? The $100 million question after feasibility study
Published 12/11/2010 at 5:39 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast University may have to punt the idea of starting a football program anytime soon, after the release of a preliminary feasibility study to start the sport at the 13-year-old school. It will cost, at minimum, around $100 ...
Big League Eagle: Chicago Cubs call up former FGCU star Casey Coleman PHOTOS
Updated 08/03/2010 at 10:07 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast University coach Dave Tollett confirmed early Monday morning that right-hander Casey Coleman is the first former Eagle to get a call up to the major leagues
FGCU-Miami baseball game postponed due to weather
Updated 02/24/2010 at 1:25 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast University's baseball game scheduled for 6 p.m. today at No. 10 Miami has been postponed due to inclement weather and has not yet been rescheduled, although a make-up date will later be determined.
FGCU’s basketball team helps 9-year-old’s wish come true
Published 12/18/2009 at 8:44 p.m.
PJ, a Buckingham Elementary student who suffered brain injuries in an automobile accident was on the first legs of his “Basketball Star” journey, compliments of FGCU and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Lely’s homecoming against Palmetto Ridge
Published 10/30/2009 at 10:52 a.m. 1 Comment
PALMETTO RIDGE (4-3) At LELY (5-3), 7:30 p.m. Key players: PR-QB Shad Thebaud, RB Jimmy Perry, RB Bobby Dehnz; LHS-QB Sean O’Regan, RB Darion Hall, K Ben Jean What to watch for: Palmetto Ridge’s physical nature and Lely’s excitement level. ...
College volleyball: FGCU learned plenty on its West Coast trip
Published 09/10/2009 at 2:18 p.m.
The phrase, "Old stomping grounds" seemed to fit.
Prep football Week 2: Estero trying to snap 23-game losing streak against Neumann
Published 09/10/2009 at 2:11 p.m.
Estero's Wildcats honestly believe they can scratch out a win Friday night at home against St. John Neumann and snap their 23-game losing streak.
Prep football: Gulf Coast pulls away from Ferguson, 35-21, in preseason contest
Published 08/28/2009 at 10:37 p.m.
The brand-new FieldTurf at Gulf Coast was home to a weird, pass-happy and fumble-filled tuneup for next week’s real deals Friday night.
Prep football: South Fort Myers scores often early, beats Lely 27-9
Updated 09/13/2008 at 1:19 p.m.
Lely was supposed to be an early-season test for South Fort Myers.