Engel, who had worked with Sharratt at the U.S. Air Force Academy until Sharratt departed for Navy in April, joins assistant coach Danny Song and Director of Operations Lloyd Rogers on the mat staff at Annapolis. While in Colorado Springs, Engel was a resident-athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He is currently ranked No. 2 in the 55 kilos/121 pound weight class, according to the Team USA website.
“We are excited to bring Coach Engel on as a new member to the staff,” said Sharratt. “He has been very successful in his career and as the No. 2 wrestler on the U.S. National Team, he will be a great influence on the development of our light weights and will contribute to a championship culture.
In referring to Engel’s experience as a multiple launch rocket system crew member in the National Guard 3-157 Field Artillery Battalion since 2010, Sharratt continued, “As a former member of the military, he understands the total mission of the Academy and will be a great mentor for our midshipmen as they go through the transformation that is the Naval Academy - Morally, Mentally and Physically.”
Engel brings impressive on-the-mat experience in all phases of wrestling. As a member of the U.S. National Team in 2010-11 and 2013-14, Engel has qualified for the 2014 World Team Trials after being Trials runner-up last year. He earned a silver medal at 55 kilos and a bronze at 60 kilos at St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2013, he won a silver medal at the Havvvisto Tournament, then was crowned champ at the Macabi Games.
Engel began his collegiate career at William Penn University in the fall of 2002 before transferring to Missouri Valley College in 2004. A four-time NAIA national qualifier, Engel garnered All-America honors in 2005 following a third-place finish at the NAIA Wrestling Championships. He graduated from Missouri Valley in 2007.
“I want to thank the entire Navy wrestling coaching staff led by head coach Joel Sharratt, as well as Naval Academy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk for giving me the opportunity to work at such a prestigious institution as the Naval Academy,” said Engel. “It’s truly an honor to have the opportunity to coach among one of the country’s most historic programs and I look forward to building leaders both on and off the mat.”