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Rip Engle
Rip Engle

Head Coach:
1950-1966


Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: 1974

Charles A. "Rip" Engle achieved national prominence as Penn State's 13th head coach. A native of Salisbury, Pa., he was a four-sport standout at Western Maryland College, graduating in 1930. Engle began his coaching career at Waynesboro (Pa.) High School, where he compiled an 86-17-5 mark in 11 years, including three unbeaten seasons and eight conference championships. He joined the staff at Brown in 1942 and was promoted to head coach two years later. Engle was named head coach at Penn State in 1950 and guided the Lions to a 104-48-4 record in 16 years, winning three of four bowl games and three Lambert Trophies. In 1970, Engle won the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award for his contributions to football. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame in 1974. Engle died March 7, 1983, in Bellefonte, Pa. He was born March 26, 1906.

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