Head Men's Golf Coach
third decade as the head menâ€™s golf coach at UDM
, Mark Engel
has built Detroit into an annual Horizon League championship contender and the proof is in the best place possible â€" in the Titansâ€™ trophy case.
Coach Engel continually hits the recruiting trails hard and has brought a highly-decorated cast of players to the Titan roster over the years, including the initial Michigan All-State "Super Team" members and first nationally-ranked Canadian juniors in UDM history.
On the links, Engel
has coached 19 medalists â€" including two that have won the Horizon League Championship - 17 different All-Conference golfers, 17 All-HL Tournament honorees, nine Horizon League Newcomers of the Year and a pair of HL Players of the Year who have garnered the award on four occasions.
I donâ€™t think weâ€™ll ever have a year where it isnâ€™t one of our team goals," Engel
"Weâ€™ve been to the NCAAâ€™s four times and weâ€™ve played well at a ton of other events, so weâ€™re backing that up.
Weâ€™re way past the â€˜One Hit Wonderâ€™ stage.
Iâ€™m very proud of that."
The Titansâ€™ assistant coach for four years before assuming the head coaching reins in September of 1990, Engel recently retired as UDMâ€™s Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information in August of 2010.
While in that latter role, he was the Titan Athletic Departmentâ€™s link to the local and national media and oversaw all press relations and publications.
He served as Media Coordinator when UDM hosted three NCAA Menâ€™s Basketball Midwest Regionals as well as the 2009 Final Four.
All told, this is his
28th year at the University.
He received the 2005 Kathy Best Award â€" which recognizes the "quality and tireless work performed by Detroit-area media professionals in sports-related public and media relations" â€" from the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, and received a 25-Year Award from the College Sports Information Directors of America in 2010 for his longevity in the profession and contributions.
He is a member of the Horizon League Sporting Conduct and Golf Coaches Committees.
He also serves as a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Election Committee.
Coach Engel is a product of the famed S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where he shared play-by-play duties of campus sporting events with NBCâ€™s Bob Costas during their college days.
Over the years, Engel
has covered many professional and amateur golf tournaments for Associated Press
and has staffed such major events as the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Womenâ€™s Open.
Additionally, he worked in media relations for the PGA of America at the 2004 Ryder Cup.
Over the years, coach Engel has also spent some of his spare time involved in the local youth roller hockey community, and served as manager of Team Michigan â€™89 at the inaugural State Wars Championships in 2005.
A native of Baltimore, MD, Engel
and his wife Jan are the proud parents of three sons â€" Dave, a graduate of UDMâ€™s College of Engineering and Science, and twins Steve and Brian, hockey players themselves and two of the Detroit Red Wingsâ€™ biggest fans who earned their degrees from UDMâ€™s College of Business Administration in 2010.