TERRE HAUTE —
Michael Engle graduated from DePauw University in the spring of 2011 with a degree in political science and future plans to advance his studies in law school.
Being a coach’s son and a competitive athlete by nature, Engle has put those plans on hold for now.
After coaching running backs last fall at DePauw, Engle has taken a big leap up the coaching ladder and now serves as the wide receivers coach for Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.
Bryant competes at Football Championship Subdivision level, and is coming off consecutive 7-4 seasons.
Engle is glad to be a part of this successful program.
“Prior to the start of spring football, I was presented with a great opportunity to join the Bryant University football staff and jumped at the opportunity,” said the Terre Haute South grad, who played for his father [Jay] with the Braves. “I was extremely fortunate to be presented with an opportunity to work for a great university with a top notch football program. I get the benefit to work with a phenomenal coaching staff and a great group of student athletes.”
Engle was a backup quarterback for the first two years he played at DePauw, and then got a chance during his junior year after an injury to Tiger signalcaller Spud Dick — one of the top Division III quarterbacks ever.
Engle took over for good in his senior year, leading the Tigers to a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and the NCAA tournament. He completed 282 passes for 3,180 yards and 30 touchdowns in his final season. Engle averaged 289 yards per game, completing 65 percent of his passes on the year.
“Each day reminds me that staying in the coaching profession is a great career choice for me,” he said. “I truly enjoy having the opportunity to impact the lives of student athletes on a daily basis and stay within the game of football that I have always loved.
“I have been extremely lucky to be able to work for great institutions with great football traditions,” Engle added. “Each day is a learning experience for me and I continue to develop as a coach and person with each day passing day.”
Engle is not the only Bryant coach with Terre Haute ties.
The head coach of the Bulldogs is Marty Fine, who spent six years as the offensive coordinator (1993-95) and offensive line coach (1990-92) at Indiana State. The Sycamores' offense led the Gateway Conference in rushing from 1992 to 1995 and was ranked in the top-15 nationally during that same time.
Entering his ninth season as head football coach, Fine is already the winningest coach in school history.
Fine’s quarterbacks coach is Steve Brickey, who has had three different coaching stops at Indiana State. Brickey was on the Sycamore staff from 1978-1985, returned in 1992 as offensive coordinator and again in 2004 as quarterbacks coach.
Brickey is in his second year at Bryant, coming to Rhode Island from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., where he was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator and coaching the quarterbacks from 2007-2010.
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n Summer baseball report — Several Wabash Valley natives enjoyed outstanding summers in collegiate leagues.
Besides the widely-reported exploits of South’s A.J. Reed in the Cape Cod League, several Wabash Valley area college baseball had busy summers in collegiate leagues.
n Koby Kraemer (TH South/Indiana State) — Had a great summer for Edenton in the Coastal Plain League. Named to the league’s all-star team, and was the 16th-ranked pro prospect from the Coastal Plain league. Batted .371 (second in league) with six homers and 24 RBI.
n Michael Eberle (TH North/Indiana State) — Helped the Terre Haute Rex to the Western Division second half championship. Played in 30 games, hitting .272 with a pair of home runs.
n Derek Hannahs (Robinson/Indiana State) — Hit .320 for the Marion Bobcats in the Ohio Valley League (eighth best), picking up 41 hits in 35 games with six doubles, one home run and 24 runs scored.
n Jacob Hayes (TH South/Indiana State) — Logged 50 games for the Terre Haute Rex, hitting .230 with seven doubles, two triples and two home runs. The Ohio State University transfer and South Vigo High School product did just about everything for the Rex, leading the team with seven sacrifice hits while also totaling 14 stolen bases and 23 walks.
n Joe Meggs (TH North/Washington) — Helped the La Crosse Loggers complete an unbeaten sweep through the Northwoods League post-season with an 8-1 win over the Mankato MoonDogs, going 3-3 with one run scored. Ranked second on team in hitting at .324 with three doubles, two homers, 15 RBI and 31 runs scored.
n Jordan Pearson (West Vigo/Indiana State) — Batted .217 for the Hutchinson Monarchs with four doubles, two triples and one homer with 19 RBI. Also made one pitching appearance, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings.
n Tyler Wampler (West Vigo/Indiana State) — Batted .209 for the Eau Claire Express with one triple and eight RBI.
n Josh Dove (TH South/Indiana State) — Made 17 relief appearances for the Terre Haute Rex with a 4-0 record and a 3.33 ERA. Had 25 strikeouts in 24.1 innings.
Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches at Northview High School in Brazil. He can be reached at tribstarcollege