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FGCU hires Kansas assistant Joe Dooley to take over in Dunk City

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Florida Gulf Coast could have made a coaching change in its men's basketball program a year ago at this time and it hardly would have been noticed.

But on the heels of an historic run to the Sweet 16 as a No. 15 seed in the NCAA tournament and former coach Andy Enfield being hired by USC in the Pac-12, its suddenly national news that the school has found the third coach in the program's history.

FGCU athletic director Ken Kavanagh announced he hired Kansas assistant coach Joe Dooley on Wednesday to take over a team that was among the most fun to watch in the postseason last month and became synonymous with the Twitter hashtag #DunkCity!.

Dooley has spent the past 10 years as an assistant at Kansas where the Jayhawks have produced a 300-58 record in that time. Dooley has been responsible for some of that success because of his ability to recruit so well. He has been recognized as one of the best recruiters in the nation by multiple media organizations in recent years.

This is Dooley's second head coaching job. He served one season as head coach at Wyoming in 2003 and he also served as head coach at East Carolina for four seasons in the 1990s.

Dooley will have the bulk of the roster from this season returning next year.

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