Jeff Sokol led the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology football team to its first conference championship in 25 years during his third season at the helm of the Fightin' Engineers in 2013.
Sokol helped Rose-Hulman claim a share of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title with nationally ranked Franklin College after finishing 7-1 in league play.
For his efforts, Sokol was named the 2013 HCAC Coach of the Year by his peers. He leads a Rose-Hulman program that has completed a school record nine consecutive seasons with records of .500 or above.
In his three years at Rose-Hulman, Sokol has led the Fightin' Engineers to one HCAC championship (2013) and one conference runner-up finish (2011). His career record stands at 17-7 in HCAC action.
The 2011 team included Sokol leading an offensive unit that featured NCAA Division III all-purpose yardage national champion Kyle Kovach, who also set a new single-game school record with 246 rushing yards in a win at Anderson.
The 2012 squad won its last three games to finish 5-5 overall in a competitive season that featured three overtime games in a four-week span and the first triple overtime game in Fightin' Engineer history.
In 2013, Rose-Hulman won seven of eight conference games with a season for the ages. The Fightin' Engineers completed their largest in-game rally since 1988 by turning a 20-0 deficit into a 34-26 victory at Bluffton University. The offensive unit recorded the second-most points (322) and second-most yards (4,150) in school history. First-year starting quarterback Ryan Landwehr was selected for the Tazon de Estrellas Bowl of the Stars, and defensive tackle Dean Griffing joined punter Eric Schaible at the DIII Senior Classic.
Sokol came to Rose-Hulman after spending the past 11 seasons as offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at the University of Chicago, a member of NCAA Division III and the University Athletic Association.
The Maroons captured UAA championships in 2000, 2005 and 2010, while recording three runner-up league finishes during his 11 years as coordinator under head coach Dick Maloney.
Sokol's efforts included recruiting planning and coordination at the internationally regarded academic institution.
Prior to his Chicago experience, Sokol spent one season at fellow UAA member Case Western Reserve University as the recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach. He also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Defiance College and one year as wide receivers coach at Kalamazoo College.
Chicago established a modern era school record with eight wins in 2010, including victories over Case Western Reserve and Washington University to win the league championship.
Sokol earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Kalamazoo in 1996 and completed a master's degree in education from Defiance in 1999. He and his wife Alison are the parents of son Walter, born in November 2013, and reside in Terre Haute.
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