Charles A. "Rip" Engle
Year Inducted: 1972
Charles a. “Rip” Engle rates with Edward NorthRobinson and Tuss McLaughry as one of Brown’s most successfuland popular football coaches. A Western Maryland product wholearned his football under Dick Harlow, Engle served as anassistant at Brown to Skip Stahley before taking over as head coachin 1944. He immediately installed his version of the explosiveWing-T offense and achieved something that first year that no Brownteam had been able to do since 1928 – best Colgate and itscoach, Andy Kerr. Engle’s final two years at Brown were hisbest. His 1948 team was 7-2, followed by the “8 for 9 in‘49” group. Both teams were dominated by a cocky groupof gung-ho veterans who loved the game of football. There teams hadeverything – depth, size, speed, an imaginative offense (theyaveraged nearly 30 points a game), tight defense, and superbcoaching. There was a spirit among the players of the Engle erathat hadn’t been seen on College Hill since the days of theIron Men. These Rip Engle players knew they were good and theyplayed with the verve and drive of a confident crew. The Bearsneeded all their confidence in their final game under Engle.Trailing Colgate, 26-7, late in the third period of the 1949Thanksgiving Day game, Brown practically blew the Red Raiders outof the stadium in the final 17 minutes in rallying for a 41-26victory. When the soft-spoken Engle left, the Brown community losta gentleman and a friend as well as a football coach. His six-yearrecord was 28-20-4. Coaching at Penn State for the next 16 yearsagainst some of the nation’s best, Engle had a 111-47-4record, including a 9-1 season in 1962 and an 8- mark in 1959.What’s more, Rip Engle, in his last 19 years of coaching,never experienced a losing season.