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Tuesday Van EngenAssistant Coach
College: Liberty ('84)
Start Date: 8/1/2006
Tuesday Van Engen is currently in her sixth year overall with the Liberty softball program, including her third year back since returning to the coaching staff for the 2007 season.
During her first year back, Van Engen helped the Lady Flames to one of their most successful seasons in program history. Liberty posted a 36-26 overall record, which included wins over three nationally ranked programs topped by a shutout victory over No. 6 Michigan. The Lady Flames also finished atop the Big South standings, tying for the regular season title with an 11-4 conference mark.
In 2008, Van Engen helped lead Liberty to the Big South Championship title game against Winthrop.
Van Engen helped resurrect the program in 1994 after it was reinstated and served as an assistant coach for three seasons (1994-96). During her final year with the squad, Van Engen assisted in Liberty's first of five-straight 30-plus victory seasons. The Lady Flames posted a 36-18 record and a 9-7 mark in Big South play, marking Liberty's first-ever winning season in conference competition.
Van Engen is no stranger to Liberty; as she graduated from the institution in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a minor in health education. She was a four-year starter (1981-84) at third base for Liberty's softball team during her collegiate days and still ranks in several Lady Flames' career categories. She currently ranks fifth in school history with a .334 career batting average, and her .361 batting average in 1981 ranks 12th best in school history.
Van Engen, who is a native of Nashville, Mich., is married to Robert Van Engen, who is a professor in Liberty's School of Religion. The couple has two children – son Garrett, who is a junior at Liberty and daughter Meagan.