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Tuesday Van EngenAssistant Coach
College: Liberty ('84)
Start Date: 8/1/2006
Tuesday Van Engen is currently in her 10th year overall with the Liberty softball program, including her seventh year during her second stint as an assistant coach since returning to the coaching staff before the 2007 season.
Van Engen serves as outfield coach and is the team's first-base coach during games. She is the team's academic liaison as well as strength and conditioning coordinator. This past year, Liberty's softball team posted the 20th best GPA in the nation among NCAA Division I softball programs.
The 2010 squad posted a 39-18 record, including a 13-5 record in conference play, while setting a program record with 300 runs scored. The following season, 2011, Liberty went 30-30 with an 11-7 league mark, good for back-to-back 30-win seasons.
The Lady Flames made it to the conference title game for the third time out of the last four seasons, winning their second Big South title by defeating Radford, 3-1, May 14, 2011. Liberty capped the 2011 season with its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament, competing in the Knoxville Regional.
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.
Van Engen helped resurrect the program in 1994 after it was reinstated and served as an assistant coach for three seasons from 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, graduating 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.
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 and daughter Meagan, who both graduated from Liberty.