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Meet Florida Tech's First Football Coach, Steve Englehart

via Florida Tech Sports

After months of planning and a careful national search, Steve R. Englehart II is the man who will helm the Panthers’ new football program.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity,” said Englehart, the former head football coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind. “It’s a rare privilege to be invited to literally build a program from the ground up. The Panthers have a proud athletic tradition, and fielding football is the next logical step—working together, there’s nothing we cannot accomplish.”

What people are saying about Florida Tech inaugural head football coach Steve Englehart

“He’s the best. In my four years at Rose-Hulman, he was like a brother to me. He was younger, so he could relate to an 18-22 year-old in a way that some coaches can’t. He’s a first-class person, he’s a family man. First and foremost, I respect the way he lives his life and goes about things. You can’t say enough about his character.”

Derek Eitel - Former Quarterback, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

“I think he’s definitely a player’s coach, but he will be firm with his players. He will make his players respect him and he will have discipline. Although he is still a young man, he will make them do the things that they need to do to be successful in the classroom and on the football field.

Jeff Jenkins - Athletic Director, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

“He is one of the best coaches I’ve been around. He’s very detail and goal orientated. He’s very organized. He listens to his coworkers. I saw him take an offense that was the worst in school history at Indiana State and turn it around in one season to the point that we scored the most points in school history, 351. I think that kind of sums up the one year I had a chance to coach with him, and his ability as a football coach. He’s a great fit for the Florida Tech football program.”

Mike Simmonds - Offensive Line Coach, University of North Texas

Please join us in welcoming Coach Englehart to the Florida Tech family!

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Florida Tech Football is Taking Shape....

by Florida Tech Sports

Florida Tech Football

Florida Tech just announced the 42 recruits who are signing on and ready to be part of the Panther's first football team.

“Recruiting is the lifeblood of any program. We are excited that these players are not only an incredible group of gifted athletes but also young men of high character who are strong academically,” said Director of Football Operations John Thomas.
The recruits are as follows:

Florida Tech 2011 Recruiting Class

LB John Armellini Merritt Island High School Merritt Island, Fla.

 OL Michael Peavler Wellington High School Wellington, Fla.

 LB Shaun Searcy Gulf Shores High School Gulf Shores, Ala.

 RB Jace Browne Osceola High School Seminole, Fla.

 FB Ian Spek Apopka High School Apopka, Fla.

 DE William Hastings Harmony High School Kissimmee, Fla.

 QB Sean O'Neal Auburndale Senior High School Auburndale, Fla.

 OL Sky Lermusiaux Monarch High School Margate, Fla.

 OL Constantine Giannopoulos Holy Spirit Preparatory School Atlanta, Ga.

 DB Jomo Daniels Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School Cocoa, Fla.

 WR Aaron Couture Villages High School Ocklawaha, Fla.

 LB Mitchel Herrador Moanalua High School Honolulu, Hawaii

 WR Peter Zappala Fort Hamilton High School Brooklyn, N.Y.

 TE Craig Hinkley Saint Joseph Central High School Pittsfield, Mass.

 LB Jonathan Rabenold Lehighton Area High School Lehighton, Pa.

 DB Carson Stewart South Broward High School Hollywood, Fla.

 LB Ivan Camara Mater Dei Catholic High School San Ysidro, Calif.

 FB Darrien Walker Lyman High School Apopka, Fla.

 WR Ryan Sparks West Islip High School West Islip, N.Y.

 LB Rasheed Oliver Middleburg High School Middleburg, Fla.

 OL Chris Dumas Victor Central High School Farmington, N.Y.

 OL Michael Williams Middleburg High School Middleburg, Fla.

 DB Joshua Kempton Fleming Island High School Fleming Island, Fla.

 DT Kiley Shouse Eaton High School Eaton, Col.

 DB Anthony Lockett Moanalua High School Honolulu, Hawaii

 WR Zachery Martinez Deane Bozeman School Southport, Fla.

 LB Zachary Morris Sebring High School Sebring, Fla.

 WR Gregory Parmer Auburndale Senior High School Auburndale, Fla.

 OL Clayton Rushing Twin Falls High School Twin Falls, Idaho

 LB Nicholas Kerkorian Warren Township High School Waukegan, Ill.

 DB Tyler Graham Jensen Beach High School Jensen Beach, Fla.

 LB Benjamin Blach Merritt Island Christian High School Cocoa, Fla.

 DB Shane Dembinski Saint Clair High School Saint Clair, Mich.

 OL Allen Conrad Bishop Mclaughlin Catholic Hs Tampa, Fla.

 DB David Cicco Saint Edwards School Vero Beach, Fla.

 TE Doug Heath Titusville Astronaut High School Titusville, Fla.

 LB Josh Rice Vero Beach Senior High School Fort Pierce, Fla.

 DT Davantae Williams Jensen Beach High School Stuart, Fla.

 WR Zachary Henderson Sunlake High School Land O Lakes, Fla.

 DE Devin Lucky, South Fork High School Hobe Sound, Fla.

 DT Mike Lanford Florida Air Academy Melbourne, Fla.

 ATH Kenrick Walters, Pine Ridge High School, Deltona, Fla.

Now the question is, are you ready for some football?

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The Search is on for Florida Tech Football Coach

by Florida Tech Sports

Florida Tech Football

Florida Tech officially opened the search for a football coach Thursday.

There is already applicant interest, said Director of Football Operations John Thomas.

“We have tremendous interest from coaches at all levels, from high school to the National Football League. We’re excited about taking the program to the next level and want to bring on the coach as soon as it is practical for the new coach to get here,” he said.

The Board of Trustees endorsed the football program April 30, 2010. The first year of competitive play is slated for 2013.

Thomas said that the search is wide open and his office is pulling out all the stops to evaluate and “bring to Florida Tech the very best fit for our program. We are looking for not only a great X’s and O’s coach, but one who is a strong recruiter, community activist and one who cares about the success of the players on and off the field.”

Thomas oversees all aspects of the university’s football program including fundraising, hiring and supervision of the coaching staff, facilities and day-to-day operations. Prior to coming to Florida Tech in 2008, Thomas was the head football coach at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy where he began that program.

Florida Tech Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer T. Dwayne McCay said: “We’ve worked hard the past year to build a solid foundation for the program and our first recruiting class has exceeded our expectations. Our first coach will begin in a very good position.”

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Florida Tech to Play First Night Game at Seminick-Hall Field Saturday

by Florida Tech Sports

Florida Tech Baseball

Florida Tech will celebrate its first night baseball game when the new lights are switched on for the first time at Andy Seminick-Les Hall Field. The event, set for Saturday, May 7, will celebrate the $230,000 raised in the “Lighting the Way to a Bright Future” fundraising campaign.

Florida Tech will play for the first time at home under lights at 6:30 p.m. versus Florida Southern.

A ceremony to commemorate the event starts at 6:15 p.m. Because it is a special game, the first pitches will be thrown by Florida Tech President Anthony J. Catanese and former head baseball coach and ball field namesake Les Hall.

Campaign donors were primarily alumni who played baseball at the university.

“For the team and fans, I express my great appreciation to the generous donors who have made night games and practice possible,” said Ken Stackpoole, senior vice president and chief development officer. “Fan support is huge for our very successful Panthers baseball team.”

Major donors stepping up to the plate include Trustee William “Randy” Muns, baseball legend and Eau Gallie High School graduate Tim Wakefield, Joel Stephens, Jerry J. Arsenault, Brian S. Crane, Herman J. Koch and Chad C. Shoultz.

“We appreciate the tremendous support we received from everyone for this project, especially our baseball alumni,” said Bill Jurgens, athletics director.

“The lights will allow for us to draw more fan support and potential community support,” said Greg Berkemeier, Florida Tech head baseball coach.

The Panthers have advanced to the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament twice in the last three years under Berkemeier. In 2010, the team established a new program record for wins in a single season—39. With three games remaining this year, they have guaranteed themselves their ninth straight 25-plus win season.

The “Lighting the Way to a Bright Future” campaign continues as donors are still sought to light the soccer and softball fields.

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Panthers Teach Children Volleyball at Local School

by Florida Tech Sports

Florida Tech Volleyball

The Florida Tech volleyball team visited Suntree Elementary School’s first grade classes for the second time this year last Friday, April 15.

On the first visit, the Panthers stopped by different classrooms to read the students’ favorite stories, answer questions and interact with the children. The initial experience proved to be fun and very entertaining for the entire team.

Instead of staying inside the classroom the second time around, the squad taught 90-plus first graders how to play a little volleyball. Each student-athlete was given a group of 10 children and four volleyballs. With excited children ready to learn, they proceeded to the playground to teach them the basics.

The Panthers thoroughly enjoyed working with the children during both trips. They are already looking forward to planning similar volunteer opportunities next season.

“It was a very rewarding experience to be able to interact with the children,” junior setter Haley Tignor said. “It was nice to give back to the community by giving the kids an opportunity to learn something new and also have fun while doing it.”

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