Jeff Sokol, the 17th head coach in the 119-year history of Rose-Hulman football, has helped the Fightin' Engineers continue their recent history of success.
The third-year head coach has helped Rose-Hulman continue the most consistent era in program history. The Fightin' Engineers enter the 2013 season with a school record eight consecutive years with records of .500 or above.
Sokol helped the Fightin' Engineers finish second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings in 2011, matching the program's best league finish since 1988. His career record stands at 10--6 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 Sokol's first sideline appearance as Rose-Hulman head coach, he helped lead the Fightin' Engineers to a 35-34 overtime victory over the Austrian National Team as part of the team's trip to Vienna and the Czech Republic in June 2011.
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 reside in Terre Haute, and are expecting their first child in November.
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