FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU women's basketball Head Coach Karl Smesko has announced that Bob Boldon will become the newest member of the Eagles coaching staff.
“Coach Boldon is a tremendous addition to our staff,” said Smesko. “We have had a great working relationship in the past, and I couldn’t have hired anyone who has as good of an understanding of our system as he does.”
“He has been a Division I assistant and he has been a successful head coach. His wealth of experience will be a great asset to our program.”
Boldon comes to FGCU following a one-year head coaching stint at Lambuth University. At Lambuth, Boldon’s Lady Eagles won 29 games and finished as the NAIA national runner-up losing to Union 73-63 in the national title game. The 29 wins and the 29-6 record was the best in school history. The Lady Eagles won the A.I.I. Conference and won 19 of their last 21 games. Lambuth finished the regular season ranked # 3 in the nation and were a # 1 seed in the national tournament for the first time in school history.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work for Coach Smesko again,” said Boldon. “Coach Smesko has the most innovative basketball mind in the country.”
“Southwest Florida is a beautiful area to raise my kids. My family and I are looking forward to some great years at Florida Gulf Coast.”
Prior to coaching at Lambuth, Boldon spent two season at Arkansas-Monticello, where he compiled a 30-27 (.526) overall record (17-15 Gulf South Conference). Highlights of his tenure include the program making consecutive appearances in the GSC tournament and posting its first victory in the league championship event since 1998. In addition to his head coaching responsibilities, Boldon served as the school’s assistant athletic director for compliance during the 2005-06 year.
Prior to coaching at Monticello, Boldon was an assistant at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for two seasons, holding the title of associate head coach in his last year.
Before becoming part of the Islanders staff, Boldon was an assistant at Gannon University in Erie, Pa, for the 2001-02 season. Prior to his stint at Gannon, Boldon served as an assistant under Coach Smesko at IPFW for two seasons (1999-2000 through 2000-01) where he helped the Mastodons make a 19-game improvement.