Mostly Cloudy


Area native coaching at Rio Olympics

By The Mercury

Former Kansas State track assistant and Council Grove native Troy Engle is among the coaches headed to the Olympics this week to support Team USA in Rio de Janeiro.

Engle, a former head coach of the track and field team at Army, is serving as an assistant coach and overseeing men’s distance runners.

Engle has been involved in U.S. track and field for some time. He served as an assistant coach at Army before taking over as head coach from 2008-14. During his time as the head coach at West Point, Engle helped the team to 11 victories over Navy.

He served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2013 IAAF World Outdoor Championships, 2011 Pan Am Games and 1995 World Indoor Championships. He was previously chair of the USATF Coaches Education board and was the associate director of the Paralympic Division of the USOC.

Engle currently lives in Singapore and serves as the director of coach development for Sport Singapore at the Singapore Sports Institute.

Engle is joined at the games by current K-State head coach Cliff Rovelto, who is coaching men’s jumps and combined events for Team USA.

Rovelto is considered to be one of the most respected high jump coaches in the world and is in his 24th year at K-State. Rovelto will coach former K-State high jumper and 2012 silver medalist Erik Kynard.

K-State assistant Karol Rovelto, Cliff’s wife, is attending the Olympics with a coaching credential from the Barbados National Team. Barbados features former K-State multi-athlete Akela Jones. Karol Rovelto was a four-time All-American and Big Eight Conference Champion as a high jumper at Colorado. She competed for Team USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Rules and coaching obligations prohibit Cliff from coaching athletes with other teams. Because of that Karol is substituting for Cliff as personal coach for Jones and Canadian high jumper Alyx Treasure.

The track and field competition at the Olympic Games begins on Aug. 12.

Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | The Manhattan Mercury, 318 North 5th Street, Manhattan, Kansas, 66502 | Copyright 2017