From Ottawa Sports Information
OTTAWA, Kan. – Ottawa University is pleased to announce the hiring of Scott Enge as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Ottawa University.
“We are very fortunate to find a coach with the depth of knowledge and expansiveness of experience that Coach Enge brings to our tennis teams,” said OU Director of Athletics Arabie Conner. “He has shown a lifelong commitment and passion to the sport and sets himself apart from other coaches due to the extensive amount of time he has committed to not only instructing and developing tennis players, but also coaches. Coach Enge has been highly successful and effective on the court and brings a gift for mentoring and building relationships. His connections to regional, national and international coaches and players is expected to make an immediate impact on our recruiting and the future success of the programs.”
Before coming to OU, Enge spent 35 years as a high school and elementary physical education teacher, having spent the last 20 years in the Blue Valley School District. Enge brings 25 years of head coaching experience at the college and high school level.
As a tennis coach, Enge was twice named National High School Tennis Coach of the Year, was named Section 5 National Federation of High Schools Coach of the Year, was a Kansas High School Coach of the Year, was named Johnson County Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004, named Missouri Valley PSPTA Tennis Coach of the Year, was a coordinator and coach for the World Scholar-Athlete Games, was a certified USPTA Elite Pro for 28 years, coached three Kansas State Championship Teams, was a clinician developer for “The College Search”, and was a certified USTA referee. Enge has one of the top five highest winning percentages among Kansas High School coaches over the last 15 years.
“I am very excited to be part of the Ottawa University coaching and teaching staff,” said Enge. “I previously had a great experience as an adjunct professor and now I am looking to create a highly competitive men’s and women’s tennis team. This is a very exciting time for me and my family.”
Enge was president and founder of the National High School Tennis Coaches Association and the first coach to rank both his men’s and women’s teams in the NHSTCA top 25. Enge has spoken at coaches conventions was creator of the “Tennis Coaches Handbook” instructional CD. He ran the Kansas State Tennis Tournament in 1996 and 2000 and was the first coach to get the tournament televised and to have USTA umpires. Enge was inducted into the Lenexa, Kansas’ Volunteer Hall of Fame for tennis program instruction and has ran and directed over 50 USTA sanction tennis tournaments in the last 15 years.
Enge graduated from Emporia State University with a degree in physical education in 1981. He earned his masters in curriculum and instruction from Baker University in 1997. As a player at Emporia State University, Enge was a four-time All-CSI selection and helped the Hornets to four CSI Championships. Enge won three rounds at the 1981 NAIA National Tennis Championships and helped lead ESU to a ninth place finish. He had wins over players from nationally ranked Gustavus Adolphus, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and Drake University.
After his collegiate playing career was over, Enge continued to play competitively. In 2002, Enge was the no. 7 singles player in the Missouri Valley Adult Rankings and finished sixth at the National Father/Son Grass Court Championships in 2009.
Enge will start immediately as head men’s and women’s tennis coach.