Whilean assistant at Florida State the new FloridaGulf Coast University men's basketball coach helped sign the Seminoles'roster full of top-100 players, including two McDonald's All-Americans. Hehelped FSU land three top-25 classes in his five years at "the footballschool." Just this week, only his third on the job, Andy signed guardsBrett Comer and Bernard Thompson, perhaps the best two recruits in FGCU's10-year history. Butas Andy will quickly tell you, his best recruiting job -- by far -- was thesuccessful courting of Amanda Marcum. As of Sunday, she's been a model wife forexactly seven years.
Actually,a super model wife. Really.
Amanda, 32, has graced runways and slick pages throughoutthe US, Europe and Asia, showing off designs for Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier.She's done ads for Victoria's Secret, Liz Claiborne, Ellesse, Tommy Hilfiger,Armani, L' Oreal and, well, you name it.
The5-foot-10, green-eyed, natural blonde cover girl, who was based out of NewYork, has been on the front of the likes Elle, Vogue and Maxim (including theFeb. 2002 Swimsuit Issue)."Shewas hired all over the world, traveled to virtually every country you can thinkof," Andy said.
Yes,the tense is past, although her career may not be. Amanda, who said she may yetget back in the game, gave up full-time modeling when Andy, 41, decided to getback into coaching after starting one lucrative business (All-Net) and helpingbegin another (TractManager, Inc.).
Today,Amanda is the stay at home mom to daughter Aila, 5, and Lily, 3, and weeks-oldson, Marcum.
"Itwas hard for her to give her career up," Andy said. "But she lovessports so much and wanted a family and thought this is something she could do.I give her a lot of credit. Very difficult decision on her part to give upsomething she worked so hard for and had been so good at.
"Shewanted to do it. She wanted to give up her career to raise a family, and to bean assistant coach's wife at Florida State for a few years. I give her a lot ofcredit because it was very difficult for her to do that. She was so successful."
SaidAmanda: "He's doing something great, and it's been a great lifestyle forus. And I love being a mother so much -- I wouldn't change it. But I have toadmit, I miss palling around on the job and living in New York.
"Butat the same time, if I could change it and have it back, I wouldn't do it. I'mhappy with the choices I made. Andy keeps me laughing. He's a great person todepend on, and he's a great friend and great father. Takes care of his familyvery well. He's very entertaining and funny, but he's also veryresponsible."
Thedaughter of Keith and Carol, Amanda was born and raised in Mustang, Okla.,population around 13,000. There's not much to do in the town located 15 milessouthwest of Oklahoma City. In fact, the current calendar on the officialMustang website shows only one event for May: A "daily activity" onSunday, May 29.
Byall accounts always down to earth, Amanda passed much of her timefour-wheeling, writing poetry, going to church and dreaming of becoming afashion model, a vocation she began locally at 16 with some showroom andnewspaper events. After graduating from high school at 18, she left home toshare a Manhattan apartment with an armful of other hopefuls, and struggled,often being rejected.
Amandastuck it out, eventually nailing a big Armani jeans campaign in Milan, Italy,and forming a lucrative career that has left her image all over the Internet. "Itwas such a competitive business," Andy said. "She had no money anddidn't know anyone. She followed her dream and made it."
Althoughshe paid some serious dues, Amanda did not take herself or her craft tooseriously. She told Maxim in 2006: "It's not much of a challenge being amodel. Act sexy. Act sad. It's not very mentally stimulating. It's so funnywhen I meet people from the Midwest and they say, 'Oh, you’re a model. Are yougoing to school for that in New York?' 'Yeah, I’m majoring in walking andplucking my eyebrows.'"