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Rip Engle
Sport Football
Born March 26, 1906(1906-03-26)
Place of birth Elk Lick, Pennsylvania
Died March 7, 1983 (aged 76)
Place of death Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Career highlights
Overall 132-68-8
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Playing career
1929 Western Maryland
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1944 - 1949
1950 - 1965
Brown University
Penn State University
College Football Hall of Fame, 1973 (Bio)

Charles A. "Rip" Engle (March 26, 1906 – March 7, 1983) was a head football coach at Brown University and Penn State. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973. Engle was born in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania.



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 Rip 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 1965, Paterno was named coach of the Nittany Lions for the 1966 season. Engle's best season at Penn State was in 1962 when the Lions went 9-2, were ranked 9th in the country, and played in the Gator Bowl. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973.

Engle developed a game called Angleball as a way for his players to maintain physical fitness in the off-season.


A team that defeats a far inferior team has accomplished nothing.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
J.N. Stanley
Brown University Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
G.G. Zitrides
Preceded by
Joe Bedenk
Penn State Nittany Lions Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Joe Paterno
Preceded by
Abe Martin
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award
Succeeded by
Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf


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