Ethan Engel has been named Coordinator of Competitive Sports and Youth and Family.
Engel comes to the University with extensive experience in intramural sports and sport club management. Most recently, he served as interim facility coordinator at the University of Tennessee. Engel was also the intramural sports graduate assistant at Tennessee for two years.
“I am really excited about the opportunities that we have here. I’m looking to provide different experiences that students will enjoy," he said. "I’m looking forward to continuing what he has done and improve the program to make it an even better experience for students.”
Prior to his work at Tennessee, Engel graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.A in Sports Studies minoring in Spanish, Marketing, and Business Administration.
Flag Football is one of the sports Engel has focused his efforts on. Engel wants the intramural program to meet the standards of the National Intramural Association (NIRSA). Changes have been made to the size of the field and some of the basic procedures.
“I want to try to engage students through social media and implement some new sports to bring in more people," he said. "I’d like make playing intramural sports some of the best memories students have at Bowling Green”.
The University has also hired Brianna Harris to serve as the graduate assistant for intramural sports and sports clubs.
Harris previously served as the intramural and club sports supervisor at Brockport State University of New York. Harris also served as the Special Events Recreation Center Manager.
“My main goal is hopefully when I’ve graduated, the intramural program will be better than it was when I first got here," she said. "I really would like to help student employees grow as professionals and get more students involved.”
The field house managing staff has also seen a lot of changes. The managing staff has been reduced from 12 to 8. Maryah Schmitz, a senior communications and sport management major, is serving as the student supervisor for intramurals.
“I’m really excited to see how everything turns especially with Ethan and Brianna. I think they are going to do a great job,” Schmitz said.
Engel noted that refereeing is one of his main priorities. Engel wants to see the quality of referees increase during his tenure.
Stanton Williams, a junior political science major said he appreciates the level of enthusiasm both Engel and Harris bring to the program.
“I like that they are leading by example. I feel like we have a sense of direction. I appreciate how open and flexible they are with the managers and referees. They have made a good effort to set clear expectations."
In addition to the intramural program, Engel will oversee the direction of 27 sports clubs at the University.