Cougar Women Advance to the 2015 NACC Semi-Finals

Rusty Rogers

Head Coach

Rogers completed his 33rd season as a head coach in 2015-16. His overall coaching record is 664-368, which includes a 326-219 mark over 18 years at the college level. His first campaign at Concordia University Chicago (2014-15) produced the second-biggest improvement from the previous season of any of the 435 NCAA Division III womens basketball teams as the Cougars finished 16-11 (after a 2-23 mark in 2013-14). CUC was also nationally-ranked in the top 25 in four statistical categories in 2015: points per game (25th), steals per game (13th), three-pointers per game (19th), and turnover margin (24th). The team posted the schools fourth winning season in the last 30 years and broke 15 school records in the process.


Over an eight-year period beginning in 1992, Rogers teams qualified for seven NAIA National Tournaments that resulted in two sweet sixteen appearances and two national championships. He was named NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1996 and claimed seven other conference and district coach of the year recognitions as a college coach.


His coaching career began at his alma mater Dyke College in Cleveland, Ohio where he served as head womens coach for three years and head mens coach for another three (1983-89). He moved on to Wilmington University in Delaware from 1990-94, leading the Wildcats to three straight NAIA National Tournaments. He left Wilmington as the all-time winningest basketball coach to spend the next six seasons at Western Oregon University, leading the Wolves to back-to-back NAIA National Titles and two more Nationals appearances before the school moved into the NCAA Division II ranks.


Rogers spent the next 15 seasons coaching scholastically in Arizona and Texas, racking up a 338-149 record over that time. He garnered his 600th career victory in 2012 while at Houston Christian High School.



Kayla Engelhard


Assistant Coach

Kayla Engelhard is in her second year as assistant coach with the Concordia University Chicago womens basketball program.Engelhard graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2015 with a BA in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. In addition, she is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She is currently working on her MA in Sports Leadership at Concordia.


A native of Unionville, Michigan, Engelhard attended Valley Lutheran High School in Saginaw and then Calvin College where she played on the Knights basketball team four years as a point guard, starting every game of her collegiate career. Engelhard helped lead Calvin to three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) league championships, two NCAA Elite Eight appearances, and an overall record of 100-15 during her tenure. During her senior year, the Knights went undefeated in the regular season before falling in the NCAA Elite Eight tournament game for an overall record of 30-1. Engelhard enjoys the Division III environment for its tight-knit family feel within the athletic and academic communities.


Individually, Engelhard was a four-time MIAA Scholar-Athlete. She was a two-time first-team MIAA all-conference selection. She scored 1154 career points which ranks 10th on Calvins all-time scoring list, and she had 333 career assists which ranks 5th at Calvin. She also served as a two-year captain for the Knights.”Im excited to be a part of the Concordia community. I have been blessed in my experience with Division III athletics and am passionate about using those experiences to provide opportunities for young women to grow and succeed spiritually, academically, athletically, and socially during their time at CUC and beyond.”