Panther Coach Steve Englehart Ready For 2014 Season

By  //  September 4, 2014

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — We’re excited to kick off our second season of football this Saturday, Sept. 6 against Stetson in DeLand.

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Head coach Steve Englehart will lead the Panthers out onto the field for their second season of football on Saturday at Stetson. (Florida Tech image)

Last season was special in many ways, and we appreciated all of the fan support.

We’re going to need that support and more as we look to fulfill our year two motto, which is “enlarge our territory.”

We have five home games at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium and away games within our home state, Alabama, Georgia and Texas.

Four of our five home games will begin at 6 p.m. or later. Our home schedule opens with a non-conference game Saturday, Sept. 13 against Ave Maria.

Following a two-game road trip, we return home to kick off Gulf South Conference play versus Delta State on Thursday, Oct. 2. That game will be carried on ESPN 3 and the WatchESPN app.

Steve Englehart ( image)
Head football coach Steve Englehart is in his third year at FIT, and is heading into his second season as the Panthers open competition in 2014. ( image)

We host North Alabama, a 2013 NCAA Division II quarterfinalist, on Saturday, Oct. 18. The following week is our Homecoming Game against Mississippi College on Saturday, Oct. 25. The regular season ends at home against Valdosta State on Saturday, Nov. 15.

The five home games above are included in our season ticket package. The package remains $65 for adults and $40 for Florida Tech employees, seniors ages 65 and above, and children ages 5-16.

The Florida Tech Ticket Office is also selling individual game tickets for all five home games. The ticket prices for reserved premium seats are $12 for adults and $8 for FIT employees, seniors, youth and military with ID.

For general admission seating, it is $10 for adults and $5 for FIT employees, seniors, youth and military. Children age four and under are free in both sections.

Florida Tech is excited to kick off our second season of football this Saturday, Sept. 6 against Stetson in DeLand. (Florida Tech image)

If you are interested in catching a game on the road, the ticket office is selling individual game tickets for this Saturday’s game at Stetson for $20, the Sept. 20 game at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, against Tarleton State and the Sept. 27 game against Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach.

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Throughout the football season, the ticket office will be open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Each time we step onto the field, we will showcase a high-effort, hard-nosed and never give up brand of Panther Football.

We look forward to seeing you help spread the Panther Pride at our games this fall.



Head football coach Steve Englehart is in his third year at FIT, and is heading into his second season as the Panthers open competition in 2014. 

Steve Englehart
Steve Englehart

For the past two years at FIT, he has built the program from the ground up. With the help of his staff, he has recruited over 110 new student-athletes, fundraised for the new Varsity Training Center, been heavily involved with the Brevard County community and traveled throughout the state of Florida to promote Florida Tech Football. 

Prior to settling in Melbourne, Englehart was the offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Indiana State University, in 2010. His unit set program records, scoring 351 points and 48 touchdowns, and averaged the 17th-most yards in the Football Championship Subdivision at 411.8 yards per game. Running back Darrius Gates excelled under Englehart as he averaged 10.6 points per game, which led the Missouri Valley Conference and was second at the FCS level.

Englehart also coached for four years at NCAA Division III Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He guided the Fightin’ Engineers to a 26-14 record. His .650 winning percentage is still the best in program history. During his last three years at Rose-Hulman, his players combined for 30 All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference awards. Englehart also coached quarterback Derek Eitel who graduated with every major career passing record, and was named HCAC Player of the Year in 2009.

Englehart played quarterback at Indiana State from 1996-99 where he ran the triple option. He earned letters in 97, 98, and 99. He was named to the Gateway Football Conference’s All-Academic Team in 1998 and 1999, was named a GTE Scholar Athlete three times, and earned Sycamore Honor Athlete recognition for four seasons.

Englehart and his wife, Carrie, reside in Melbourne and have three children, Caden (12), Ty (9), and Lila (3).