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Coaching Carousel: Jim Engles the next head coach at Columbia

Hard work pays off for the former NJIT coach.

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

There probably isn't a school in the nation that should be more grateful for their coach than NJIT.  Jim Engles took over the Highlanders program in 2008 and had to suffer the national ridicule of a 51 game losing streak and a 1-30 season his first year.

Engles quickly transformed the Highlanders though and they posted a .500 season in just his third year. He later would lead NJIT to back-to-back CIT appearances and 20-win seasons.  He also is a big part of why the Highlanders finally found a home in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

All the hard work from Engles has paid off as he's now the head coach at Columbia, replacing Kyle Smith just days after the he took the San Francisco job and the Lions won the CIT championship.

Engles was an assistant for the Lions from 2003 to 2008 before taking the NJIT project.

It'll be a new look Ivy next year with changes at Columbia, Dartmouth, and Cornell.