Charles (Rip) Engle


Salisbury Native Inducted into Gator Bowl Hall of Fame 1994

Charles (Rip) Engle served as Head Coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions for 16 years, 1950-1965. In 1965, he surrendered his reign to one of his young assistants, Joe Paterno. During his tenure, he had an overall record of 104-48-4. He carried the Nittany Lions to four Bowl appearances, two of those being the Gator Bowl. In 1961, his team defeated Bobby Dodd's Georgia Tech team by a margin of 30-15. In 1962, the game did not go his way and he succumbed to Ray Graves' Fighting Gators, 17-7. Engle graduated from Western Maryland College in 1930 where he lettered in football, baseball, basketball and tennis. Engle had served as President of the American Football Coaches Association and was named District-2 Coach of the Year by the United States Football Coaches Association prior to his death in 1983.

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