We would like to welcome Jim Engles and Columbia Basketball to our team of Coaching and Leadership Journal subscribers. Engles became the 23rd head coach in the 116-year history of Columbia's men’s basketball program in April 2016. Engles returned to Columbia after spending eight years as head coach for the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Over his final six seasons at NJIT, Engles compiled a 100-88 record, including back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2014-15 and 2016-17. Prior to leading the Highlanders, Engles served as an assistant coach at Columbia under former head coach Joe Jones from 2003 to 2008.
NJIT had competed at the Division I level for only two seasons when Engles arrived in 2008, and in three years he turned them into a 15-win program. In 2014-15, he directed the Highlanders to a 21-12 record, including an upset at No. 16 Michigan and a postseason berth, advancing to the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Engles was named John McLendon National Coach of the Year honors from CollegeInsider.com, received the Peter A. Carlesimo Division I co-Coach of the Year from the Metropolitan Writers Association and was a finalist for the Skip Prosser Man of the Year and Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year awards.
We are proud and honored to have Coach Engles and the Colombia program on our team of subscribers! Our subscribers know that great leaders never stop learning and they never stop reading especially in these current times. They realize that for less than most people's monthly cable bill they can receive a year's worth of information that will make them better leaders, coaches, and administrators.
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