Jim Engles

Jim Engles (born August 18, 1968)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Columbia Lions
Current conference: Ivy League
NJIT record: 111-139 (.444)
Columbia record: 59-135 (.304)
Overall record: 170-274 (.383)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2016-present Columbia
2008-2016 NJIT
2003-2008 Columbia (asst)
1997-2003 Rider (asst)
1991-1997 Wagner (asst)

Jim Engles Facts

  • Jim Engles
  • Born August 18, 1968
  • Hometown: Staten Island, New York
  • Alma Mater: Dickinson College (BA, 1990)
  • Was an assistant at Wagner under Tim Capstraw, at Rider under Don Harnum and then at Columbia under Joe Jones
  • Took over NJIT after the program had completed a winless 2007-08, going 0-29 overall
    • His first season at NJIT saw the Highlanders win just one game and finish with a 1-30 record
    • Led the Highlanders to two straight CIT semifinals (2015 & 2016), completing a remarkable turnaround at the program
  • Hired in 2016 to be the new head coach of the Columbia Lions of the Ivy League
    • Has compiled an overall record of 59-135 through seven seasons (eight years) at the helm, finishing below .500 each year

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