Net gain: Lions hire two new basketball coaches

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This spring, the Columbia Lions hired new head coaches for both its women’s and men’s basketball teams. Check out this chart and get to know Megan Griffith ’07CC and Jim Engles.

MEGAN GRIFFITH   JIM ENGLES
 
King of Prussia, PA HAILS FROM Staten Island, NY
Assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, Princeton Tigers PREVIOUS JOB Head coach, New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders
The Tigers won five Ivy League titles during Griffith's tenure, and Griffith mentored thirteen All-Ivy League players. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Engles turned the Highlanders into winners, going 41–27 over the past two years, and he was named the National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com in 2015.
A Lions hoops star, Griffith captained her team for three seasons and was recognized with All-Ivy League honors in both 2006 and 2007. COLUMBIA CONNECTION Engles served as a Lions assistant coach under Joe Jones from 2003 to 2008.
Griffith played professionally in Europe from 2007 to 2010. FUN FACTS Engles comes from a family of hoopsters: his grandfather played for Georgetown and his uncle for Penn.
"As a player, I walked in their footsteps. I've worn their colors. I will outwork anybody because of that." IN THEIR OWN WORDS "We want to play pretty fast. We really focus on sharing the basketball and playing as unselfishly as possible."
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