Dan Engelstad was named the 22nd head coach in Mount St. Mary's men's basketball program history on May 9, 2018.
Engelstad, a former assistant coach at the Mount under Milan Brown, spent the last five seasons at the helm of Southern Vermont College (SVC) in Bennington, Vermont, where he led a remarkable turnaround and helped carry the program to new heights. The Bethesda, Maryland native posted a 104-34 (.754) career record at SVC, was named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Coach of the Year three times, and helped guide the program to a pair of NECC Championships, including the school's first-ever title in 2016.
Engelstad took over at Southern Vermont following a 1-24 season, and guided SVC to one of the top turnarounds in the country in 2013-14. The Mountaineers, who finished the campaign at 16-10 overall, opened the season with a victory over nationally-ranked Williams College, and went on to win the Tri-State Tournament and finish fourth in the NECC, as they earned their first playoff berth since 2011.
The following year, Engelstad led the Mountaineers to a historic season as they finished with the best record in program history at 25-4 overall, and went a perfect 16-0 in NECC play. Engelstad earned his first of three NECC Coach of the Year Awards that season after guiding Southern Vermont to a regular season title and an appearance in the conference championship game. Although the Mountaineers lost in the NECC Championship game, they were invited to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Tournament as the No. 1 seed, where they defeated Anna Maria and Fitchburg State to capture the school's first-ever ECAC Championship in any sport. In addition to Engelstad earning coach of the year honors, he also saw his players collect the NECC Player of the Year (DeShawn Hamlet) and Rookie of the Year (Daemond Carter) Awards.
In 2015-16, Engelstad's Mountaineers went 24-4 on the year and recorded their second straight undefeated record in conference play at 16-0, earning Engelstad Coach of the Year honors once again. Entering the conference tournament as the top-seed, SVC rolled past Regis College and Becker College to earn its first-ever NECC Championship and second berth to the Division III NCAA Tournament, where the Mountaineers were eventually edged by Tufts. Engelstad became the program's all-time winningest coach during the season with a victory over Elms College on February 18.
During the 2016-17 campaign, SVC received weekly recognition in the NCAA Division III Northeast regional rankings and received votes for the national top-25 poll. Engelstad led the Mountaineers to their third consecutive Tri-State Shootout Tournament Championship during the regular season, and helped SVC reach the NECC Title game for the third straight season as well.
This past season, Engelstad guided the Mountaineers to another 20-plus win season as they earned the No. 1 seed in the NECC Tournament for the fourth consecutive year. In the conference tournament, they topped Lesley College and Becker to capture the second NECC Title in program history, and Engelstad earned Coach of the Year honors for his third time in five seasons. In addition to his own personal honors, his players won two major awards as Mike Pierre was tabbed the NECC Player of the Year and Daemond Carter earned NECC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Prior to his time at Southern Vermont, Engelstad served as an assistant coach for three years (2010-13) at Holy Cross, where he was the defensive coordinator and played a vital role in recruiting and scouting. While at Holy Cross, he recruited and assisted in the development of current Toronto Raptor Malcolm Miller.
Engelstad started his career as an assistant coach at Mount St. Mary's from 2007-10 under Brown. He helped guide the Mount to a 2008 Northeast Conference Championship, which was the third title in program history. The Mountaineers went on to record their first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament win with a victory over Coppin State in the opening round.
Outside of the collegiate realm, Engelstad was a head coach in The Basketball Tournament, commonly known as TBT, which is a 5-on-5, winner take all tournament composed of professional players, some of whom have previously played in the NBA, at major Division I colleges, and on professional international teams.
Engelstad is also the director and founder of the Fast Break Basketball Camp in Bethesda, Maryland, and coached the Walt Whitman Varsity Summer League team in 2005 and 2006. In the summer of 2006, Engelstad served as an intern in the Washington Wizards front office, where he worked for President of Basketball Operations, Ernie Grunfeld.
Engelstad is a 2007 graduate of St. Mary's College (Maryland) with a bachelor's degree in political science. He served as a team captain (2004-07) for the Seahawks and graduated as the school's all-time leader with 419 career assists.
Engelstad is married to the former Camille Trainor, and the two welcomed their daughter, Laney Anne-Marie, to the world in June of 2017.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT ENGELSTAD
MILAN BROWN, University of Pittsburgh assistant coach and former Mount St. Mary's head coach
"I've watched Dan grow into a tremendous coach and an even better person. What he was able to do at Southern Vermont was impressive and I'm sure success will follow him to the Mount. His energy, knowledge, and work ethic will be a great fit for the Mount St. Mary's basketball program."
JAMION CHRISTIAN, Siena College head coach and former Mount St. Mary's head coach
"When you think Mount basketball, you think enthusiasm, excitement and eagerness to prove oneself. Dan has always exemplified these qualities. For the Mount and for him, I am juiced. The players in that locker room are going to love playing for him, and our fans will love how they play."
JOHN BECKER, University of Vermont head coach
"I'm really happy and proud of Dan, what a great hire for the Mount. I've known Dan since his playing days at St. Mary's College. It cannot be understated the incredible job he did at Southern Vermont. The Mount has an amazing basketball tradition dating back to Coach Phelan. I know Dan's passion and work ethic will honor that tradition and make Mount fans, alumni and the community proud."
ANTOINE WHITE, former player under Engelstad at SVC and current Mount St. Mary's women's basketball assistant coach
"Dan leads by example, is dedicated and determined, motivates and listens, challenges and develops, and teaches teamwork: he is the ultimate players' coach. Dan has been a mentor of mine since my freshman year of high school and he's taught me so much about the game of basketball and life. I am excited to see him continue the success of the men's basketball program here at the Mount."