Assistant Marty Richter considered for FGCU head coach job
FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh came to the podium inside the hospitality suite of Alico Arena Tuesday to give hope to the Eagle faithful that a new coach would be in the works.
With Andy Enfield gone for the West Coast power University of Southern California, the Eagles temporarily promoted Enfield’s assistant coach Marty Richter as interim coach.
Richter will be a candidate in the talks for the FGCU head-coaching.
So who is Marty Richter?
The 36-year-old has an eye for recruiting from working with ESPN as a collegiate scout in the summer of 2009 to his first days at FGCU.
“His experience of covering high school basketball for ESPN over the last few years has allowed him to develop tremendous
relationships with coaches and players all over the country,” FGCU head coach Andy Enfield stated.
During his two years, Richter provided ESPN with evaluations and contact information for ESPN’s national recruiting database. Richter has spent years as a player and coach in the college basketball world.
His playing career was a solid three-year stint at Simpson College (Iowa), and Richter stayed true to his roots by coaching as an assistant at his alma mater from 1999-2001.
Richter went on to become a graduate assistant coach at the University of South Dakota (2001-03), and joined Bowling Green University and Dan Dakich’s staff, where he served as an assistant coach from 2004-07.
Next in line was Florida junior college Chipola College during the 2007-08 season. Chipola finished the season with a 35-2 record, a regional championship.
Richter followed close friend Dan Dakich to Indiana University to serve as the video
coordinator. When with the Hoosiers, the team took a trip to the 2008 NCAA tournament.
Coach Richer also has global coaching experience when he coached in the Ukraine in 2008-09. As an assistant coach for the Budivelnyk Basketball Club of the Ukrainian Superleague, Richter assisted with all facets of the club, extending from game preparation, on-floor coaching, scouting of opponents, recruiting of international and American players, and individual development.
Richter returned to coach Chipola College in 2009 after the conclusion of the season in the Ukraine. Chipola finished third at the national junior college tournament with a 34-2 overall mark.