LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Softball assistant coach and former player Christine Engbers knows what it takes to be one of the best. Engbers, formerly Core, was a standout player for Covenant head coach Sara Russell and now is both an assistant for Russell and co-head coach at nearby Dade County High School.
Engbers had a career .335 batting average, fourth best in school history, during her career at Covenant and ranks second in program history with 162 hits. She was a second-team NCCAA All-American in 2010.
Her coaching career has taken off as well. Her Dade County squad won the Georgia High School Association Class AA state championship in 2012 and made another deep run into playoffs this past fall. Engbers, and co-head coach Autumn Steele Sigler, were finalists for the Chattanooga Times Free Press' annual Best of Preps Coach of the Year Honors this past June.
She is married to current Covenant men's basketball player Bryant Engbers.
Below is a Q&A with Christine Engbers:
Q: What was your college major?
A: My major was English and I had a minor in Education
Q: Current job?
A: I am currently in my second year of teaching English at Dade County High School. I am also the head coach of the softball team and the JV basketball coach.
Q: How did Covenant prepare you for the work world?
A: Covenant prepared me for the work world by always pushing me both academically and athletically. I had to learn how to balance my schedules and prioritize. That has definitely helped me with having a job, coaching a team, and still having a life.
Q: Positions played in college?
A: Centerfield, and a brief run at shortstop!
Q: Favorite memory about Covenant/Covenant softball?
A: Covenant softball allowed me to make lifetime friends. Covenant softball also taught me how to win with class and lose with grace and that has helped me tremendously as a coach. I try and make it one of the first things that I teach my players.
Q: Family changes: married/kids?
A: I got married to Bryant Engbers on June 29, 2013 and we just got our first puppy, Mac (named after Brian McCann of course).