Troy Engle brings a wealth of international and collegiate coaching experience to West Point as he enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Army men's and women's cross country and track and field teams.
This is his third stint at the U.S. Military Academy after previously serving as an instructor of physical education and assistant coach for the men's and women's track and field teams from 1995-96 and again in 1998.
In his first season at the helm, Engle guided men's teams to a sweep of the cross country, indoor, and outdoor Patriot League Championships, and was named the League's men's Coach of the Year in both the Indoor and Outdoor track campaigns.
In 2009-10, Engle led the women's cross country team to its first Star Meet win since 2005, as well as another indoor-outdoor season sweep of the Midshipmen by the Black Knight men's track squad. The 2010 track season was also highlighted by Army's 14th men's indoor Patriot League title and an NCAA Outdoor Championship trip by Domonick Sylve. Sylve qualified for the national semifinals in the 110-meter hurdles after winning his heat in the national quarterfinal.
Success continued in 2010-11 as women's cross country defeated Navy for its first back-to-back Star Meet wins since 2004-05. Men's track and field swept both the indoor and outdoor Star Meets for their sixth-straight victories against the Midshipmen.
Sylve capped off his record-breaking career by earning All-America honors after advancing to the national semifinals once again. Sylve placed 11th overall at the 2011 NCAA Championships to earn second-team recognition, becoming the 34th All-American in Academy track and field history.
In 2012, the women's distance contingent shined for Engle as freshman Lisa Junta became Army's first ECAC Champion on the track with her winning time in the 10,000-meter run, simultaneously qualifying for the NCAA Regionals.
The Black Knights spent most of the season attacking the Academy record book, as the cadets posted 47 marks that rank among the top 10 all-time, including two Army records. Junta accounted for seven top-10 times during her first season.
The Black Knights have also been successful in the classroom under Engle as men's cross country has been named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team list in each of his four seasons and the women being recognized in each of the last three seasons.
Tom Wagner was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year following the 2012 outdoor season, becoming the second Black Knight (Andrew Ferrara, 2009) under Engle's watch to earn the distinction.
In February 2011, Engle was once against selected by USA Track & Field as an assistant coach for endurance events for the Pan-American Games. The 2011 Pan-American Games took place in October in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Engle coached the U.S. track and field team in the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. During his tenure with the United States Olympic Committee, which began in 2006, Engle also served as the associate director of the Paralympic Division. Engle directed all aspects of the U.S. track and field team's preparation for the Paralympic Games and served as the head coach at all major international competitions leading up to the Paralympics, including the Pan American and World Cup games. Engle orchestrated a growth in the program that resulted in an increase in the U.S. team's medal count and a jump in the track and field standings to second behind China.
Prior to joining the USOC, Engle was the head coach of the men's and women's track and field and cross country teams, assistant athletic director, and athletic department business manager at Division III Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif. He turned the women's cross country team, which was initially unable to field a full program, into a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title winner by his fourth year.
In his seventh and final year at the school, Engle led the team to its first NCAA appearance in 12 years. Engle garnered three West Regional NCAA Division III Coach of the Year honors at Occidental; one for cross country (2006) and two in indoor track and field (2003 and 2005).
A native of Council Grove, Kan., Engle served as an assistant coach for the men's and women's track and field teams at Kansas State University for the 1998-99 academic year. There, he helped coach all the events and assisted in recruiting a class which was rated fourth-best in Division I by Track and Field News.
In between his first two stints at Army, Engle served as the director of sports for the Papua New Guinea Sports Commission. Engle directed all sports development programs for the nation of five million people and served as the national track and field coach. He first served as the national coach for Papua New Guinea between 1987 and 1991.
Engle closed out a successful stint as head men's and women's track and cross country coach at Washington (Mo.) University (1992-94) by guiding the women's outdoor track and field and cross country teams to the University Athletic Association title in his final season. His efforts earned him UAA Coach of the Year honors in both track and cross country. Engle also served as the men's track and cross country coach at Swarthmore College (1991-92).
In addition to his international and collegiate coaching experience, Engle is a respected administrator and clinician. He was a member of the NCAA Track and Field Committee from 2001-06, chairing it from 2005-06. Engle has also served in various leadership capacities within USA Track and Field, both as assistant coach at such meets as the 1995 World Indoor Championships in Barcelona and through his involvement with the Coaching Education Program. He has lectured in the Level II endurance program since 1998.
In addition, he has conducted clinics for the world governing body of track and field, the International Association of Athletic Federations, in four nations and has lectured at numerous coaching clinics around the United States.
Engle earned his bachelor's degree from Amherst College in 1983 and a master's degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1985. He currently resides at West Point with his wife, Katrina, daughter, Nawen, and new baby girl, Kassidy, born in August 2012.