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Rip Engle

Rip Engle
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1906-03-26)March 26, 1906
Elk Lick, Pennsylvania
Died March 7, 1983(1983-03-07) (aged 76)
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1929 Western Maryland
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1930–1940 Waynesboro HS (PA)
1941 Western Maryland (freshmen)
1942 Brown (ends)
1943 Brown (backs)
1944–1949 Brown
1950–1965 Penn State
1941–1942 Western Maryland
1942–1946 Brown
Head coaching record
Overall 132–68–8 (college football)
53–55 (college basketball)
Bowls 3–1
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (1969)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1973 (profile)

Charles A. "Rip" Engle (March 26, 1906 – March 7, 1983) was an American football player and coach of football and basketball. He served as the head football coach at Brown University from 1944 to 1949 and at Pennsylvania State University from 1950 to 1966, compiling a career college football record of 132–68–8. Engle was also the head basketball coach Western Maryland College–now known as McDaniel College–during the 1941–42 season at Brown from 1942 to 1946, tallying a career college basketball mark of 53–55. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1973.

Early life and playing career

Engle was born in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. He played college football as an end at Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College.

Coaching career

Engle's coaching record from 1944 to 1965, including stints at Brown University and Penn State, was 132–68–8. He played football at Western Maryland College, reportedly in the first game he ever saw.

Under the leadership of Engle at Brown, Joe Paterno developed as a capable quarterback and a skillful leader. After graduating in 1950, Paterno joined Engle at Penn State as an assistant coach. Upon Engle's retirement in February 1966, Paterno was named coach of the Nittany Lions for the 1966 season, a position he would hold until 2011. Engle's best season at Penn State was in 1962 when the Lions went 9–2, were

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