Coach Engel entered his first year as men’s head basketball coach at Rainy River Community College in the 2015-2016 season. He quickly developed a sense of discipline and a championship culture within the team. The Voyageurs went 21-7 during the 2016-17 season, completing one of the best campaigns in school history.
Engel’s first experience with RRCC was as a player for opponent Mesabi Range College. He completed his career at Valley City State University earning a degree in Biology/Education and setting a single season record for a 3 point percentage.
Prior to coming to RRCC, Coach Engel was the head boys’ basketball coach for 14 years at Griggs County Central High School in Cooperstown, ND. Under his leadership the team made numerous trips to the regional tournament and he was selected as “coach of year” at the district and regional level. His teams were noted for their stingy defense and selfless style of play.
Coach Engel holds a Master's Degree in Sport Management from Texas A & M University, a Bachelor's degree in Education from Valley City State University, and an Associate's Degree in Business from Mesabi Range College.