LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- A familiar face will begin a new role for the Covenant softball program this year. Christine Engbers, a Covenant graduate and volunteer assistant the last three seasons, has been named the program's full-time assistant coach.
Engbers replaces Brie Carmack who was hired as an assistant at Bucknell in the fall.
"I am really grateful to have this opportunity to coach at Covenant," Engbers said. "This is a program that I love, and being able to be a part of it is a huge blessing."
Engbers has experienced tremendous success as a head coach in the high school ranks.
She previously served as the head coach at Dade County High School in Trenton, Ga. Her squad won the Georgia High School Association Class AA state championship in 2012 and made another deep run into playoffs in both 2013 and 2014. Engbers was a finalist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press' annual Best of Preps Coach of the Year honors in June of 2013. She was named GACA Coach of the Year and Georgia Dugout Club Coach of the Year in 2012.
In addition to her softball coaching duties at Dade County, Engbers taught English and coached the JV and middle school basketball teams. She also helped with the Covenant program on a volunteer basis.
"I am honored to have Christine join our staff as our full-time assistant coach," said head coach Sara Russell. "She strengthens our program with her spectacular coaching skills and her strong desire to make players better both on and off the field."
Engbers graduated from Covenant in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She played four years and had a career .335 batting average, fourth best in school history, and ranks second in program history with 162 hits and 45 multi-hit games. Engbers holds the program's record for career steals with 59, including the season record of 26 in 2012. She was a second team NCCAA All-American in 2010 after hitting .352 with 15 stolen bases which helped the Lady Scots reach the NCCAA National Tournament for the first time.
Engbers also played three years of basketball at Covenant. She played in 56 career games, making 42 starts.
"I'm excited to work with and learn from Coach Russell during the upcoming seasons, and I can't wait to contribute to the team as a part of the coaching staff," Engbers added.
She is married to former four-year Scots basketball player Bryant Engbers, and the couple lives in Rising Fawn, Ga.
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