Open main menu

Mark Thomas Mangino (born August 26, 1956) is a former American football coach, who most recently served as offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Iowa State University. Previously, Mangino served as the head football coach at the University of Kansas from 2002 to 2009. In 2007, Mangino received several national coach of the year honors after leading the Jayhawks to their only 12-win season in school history and an Orange Bowl victory. However, he resigned as coach at Kansas two seasons later following allegations of mistreatment of players.[9] While at Kansas, Mangino coached in four bowl games with a 3–1 record. Additionally, in five of his eight seasons at Kansas, the Jayhawks were Bowl eligible, they were only bowl eligible five times in the previous thirty seasons.

Mark Mangino
Mangino at a 2007 Kansas Jayhawks basketball game
Biographical details
Born (1956-08-26) August 26, 1956 (age 63)
New Castle, Pennsylvania
Alma materYoungstown State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1986Youngstown State (assistant)
1987–1989Geneva (OC/OL)
1990Lincoln HS(PA)
1991–1998Kansas State (RGC)
1999Oklahoma (OL)
2000–2001Oklahoma (OC)
2013Youngstown State (AHC/TE)
2014–2015Iowa State (OC/TE)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
1 Big 12 North Division (2007)
Frank Broyles Award (2000)
AFCA Coach of the Year (2007)[1]
AP Coach of the Year (2007)[2]
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2007)[3]
George Munger Award (2007)[4]
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (2007)[5]

Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2007)[6]
Sporting News Coach of the Year (2007)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2007)[7]

Woody Hayes Coach of the Year (2007)[6]
Big 12 Coach of the Year (2007)[8]

Early lifeEdit

Mangino was born and raised in New Castle, Pennsylvania. After high school, he was offered a football scholarship at Youngstown State. Mangino played semi-pro baseball in western Pennsylvania until he became an EMT. In his late 20s he returned to Youngstown State to complete his studies and earn his degree.[10]

Coaching careerEdit

Early positionsEdit

Mangino graduated from Youngstown State University in 1987, serving as an assistant coach there in his last two years under then-head coach Jim Tressel. He also coached at Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania and at Geneva College, before being hired as an assistant coach at Kansas State University in 1991. Prior to the 1999 season, Mangino left Kansas State to take an assistant position at the University of Oklahoma. While there, he served as the offensive coordinator for the Oklahoma team that beat the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles in the 2000 national championship. Following that season, he was awarded the Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.


Mangino was hired as Kansas head football coach in December 2001. The program had not posted a winning season in any of the 6 seasons prior to his arrival. In 2003, his second season at KU, Mangino led the Jayhawks to an appearance in the 2003 Tangerine Bowl (now known as the Champs Sports Bowl). This was the first bowl appearance for Kansas since 1995. In 2005, his fourth season at KU, the team finished the regular season 6–5, to post its first winning record under Mangino, and went on to the Fort Worth Bowl, its second bowl game in three seasons. Among the Jayhawks' wins was a 40–15 victory over Nebraska, breaking a losing streak against the Cornhuskers that had begun in 1969, which was the second-longest such streak of consecutive losses in NCAA history. The same year Mangino also built a defense that ranked 11th nationally (based on yards allowed per game) and featured third-team All-American and Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year linebacker Nick Reid. The 2005 team also ranked 6th nationally in total punts. In 2007, Mangino coached the Jayhawks to a 12–1 record and a win in the 2008 Orange Bowl (their first ever BCS appearance). Mangino's defense was ranked 12th in the nation, and 4th in scoring defense. On the other side of the ball, the Jayhawks finished 2nd in scoring offense.[11]

Following the win against the Iowa State Cyclones, Mark Mangino became the first KU football coach with a winning career record since Jack Mitchell in 1966. While at Kansas, Mangino led the Jayhawks to 19 consecutive weeks ranked in the AP and/or USA Today polls (2007–08), 20 wins in a 2-year period for the first time in school history, set home attendance average records in each of the last 4 seasons (2004–2008), led KU to its first appearance in national polls since 1996 and to the school’s highest ranking ever at #2, produced the top 3 total offense seasons in school history, the top two passing seasons and two of the top three scoring seasons and won three Bowl games—the same number they had won in their 102-year history combined prior to his arrival.

With 50 victories, Mangino has the second-most victories in Kansas coaching history.

2007 Coach of the Year awardsEdit

For his accomplishments in 2007, he was named the 2007 National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press,[12] ESPN/ABC,[5] The Sporting News, Football Writers Association,[3] Walter Camp Football Foundation,[7] National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association,[6] American Football Coaches Association, the Maxwell Football Club (George Munger Award),[4] and he has been named the Woody Hayes National Coach of the Year.[13] He was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year by the Big 12 Coaches and Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year by the Associated Press. Upon winning these Coach of the Year awards, he became the only NCAA coach in history to win both the Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach and all the major National Coach of the Year awards.[14]

Youngstown StateEdit

On March 1, 2013, Mangino was hired at his alma mater, Youngstown State as the teams Assistant Head Coach and Tight Ends Coach.[15]

Iowa StateEdit

On January 6, 2014, Mangino was hired at Iowa State to be the team's Offensive Coordinator and Tight Ends coach.[16] In his first season as coach, Mangino returned to Lawrence to face Kansas for the first time since his resignation following the 2009 season. On November 8, 2014, Kansas defeated Iowa State by the score of 34–14.[17] After disagreements about the direction of the offense with head coach Paul Rhoads, Mangino was relieved of his position on October 26, 2015.[18] Rhoads himself was fired less than a month later.[19]


Mangino retired from coaching in 2016.[20]


Lincoln High controversyEdit

After Mangino went 1–9 in his first season as the head coach of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, a group of parents went to the school board and demanded his firing because of his "language, and harsh approach to people". The board elected not to fire Mangino, but he left the school after only one year and did not complete the year as a teacher.[21]

High school referee incidentEdit

On September 21, 2002, Mangino yelled at the officiating crew assigned to the Lawrence High SchoolOlathe East football game in which Mangino's son, Tommy, was playing. Mangino apparently became angry after referees failed to call what he believed was a late hit on Tommy, the Lawrence High quarterback.

Lawrence High School officials took undisclosed action against Mangino after the game for violating a Kansas High School rule barring abuse of game officials by coaches, players and fans.[22]

2004 Kansas–Texas gameEdit

In 2004, Mangino paid a $5,000 fine for suggesting that officials acted with favoritism in a questionable offensive pass interference call that affected the outcome of a game against Texas. Mangino implied that money and a BCS berth for the Big 12 Conference influenced the officials to make a call in favor of Texas.[23] He and athletic director Lew Perkins issued public apologies the day after the incident.

NCAA penalties and probationEdit

In 2005, the University of Kansas self-reported to the NCAA that five major rules violations—including academic fraud—had been committed by some of the football team's student-athletes.[24] In 2006, these major violations, along with four others that has allegedly occurred in other KU sports programs, contributed to the NCAA charging the athletics department displaying a "lack of institutional control".[25] A graduate assistant was found to have supplied answers for some of the correspondence courses taken by some prospective recruits from junior colleges. As a result, the football program's ability to recruit players transferring in from junior college was reduced for two years; and, the program lost two scholarships for each of the 2007 and 2008 seasons.[26]

Raimond Pendleton incidentEdit

During the first game of the 2007 season in which the University of Kansas beat Central Michigan University, KU's Raimond Pendleton ran a CMU punt back 77 yards for a touchdown; but, as he approached the endzone, he slowed down in order to jump into it in a dramatic fashion. The officials threw a penalty flag for "excessive celebration", and gave the Jayhawks a 15-yard "unsportsmanlike conduct" penalty that forced KU to kick off 15 yards closer to their own endzone. When Pendleton returned to the sideline, an irate Mangino took Pendleton aside and gave him an expletive-laden tongue-lashing.[27] The incident was caught on video, and transmitted by local TV stations in the Topeka and Kansas City areas, eventually finding a wider audience after a copy of it was uploaded to YouTube.[28]

Internal investigationsEdit

In November 2009, the recurring issue of Mangino's chronic, alleged misconduct towards his players became the subject of an internal investigation by the University of Kansas Athletic Department. Reportedly, matters came to a head before a game against Colorado, after Mangino grabbed linebacker Arist Wright, yelled at him and poked him in the chest before a game against Colorado.[29][30] He was formally accused of boorish and violent actions, and several players threatened to transfer after they felt Mangino did not speak to them in a respectful manner.[30] A separate investigation was conducted in 2007, related to Mangino's repeated parking tickets on campus and alleged verbal abuse and negative behavior toward campus staff issuing those tickets.[31]

After a prolonged period of negotiations, the university and Mangino's attorneys agreed on a buy-out amount that was large enough to secure his quiet resignation in December 2009.[32]

Personal lifeEdit

Mangino and his wife live in his hometown of New Castle, Pennsylvania.[33] His wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011.[34] Mangino was noted to have lost over 125 lbs between 2012 and 2013.[35]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12 Conference) (2002–2009)
2002 Kansas 2–10 0–8 6th (North)
2003 Kansas 6–7 3–5 T–4th (North) L Tangerine
2004 Kansas 4–7 2–6 T–5th (North)
2005 Kansas 7–5 3–5 5th (North) W Fort Worth
2006 Kansas 6–6 3–5 4th (North)
2007 Kansas 12–1 7–1 T–1st (North) W Orange 7 7
2008 Kansas 8–5 4–4 3rd (North) W Insight
2009 Kansas 5–7 1–7 6th (North)
Kansas: 50–48 23–41
Total: 50–48


Coaching treeEdit

Head coaches under whom Mangino served:

Assistant coaches under Mangino who became college head coaches:


  1. ^ "Mangino snares 8th coach of the year award" Archived July 7, 2012, at, CJOnline, January 10, 2008.
  2. ^ "Kansas' Mangino wins AP Coach of the Year". December 19, 2007. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Kansas' Mangino Wins 2007 Eddie Robinson Award" (Press release). Football Writers Association of America. Retrieved January 6, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "George Munger Award – College Coach of the Year". Archived from the original on October 1, 2009.
  5. ^ a b Fusco, Asher (December 7, 2007). "Mangino earns coach of the year award". The University Daily Kansan. Archived from the original on April 22, 2007. Retrieved January 6, 2008.
  6. ^ a b c "Mangino Earns Coach Of The Year Honor From Peers" Archived March 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, KU Athletics, January 10, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Kansas' Mark Mangino Named 2007 Walter Camp Coach of the Year" (Press release). Walter Camp Foundation. Archived from the original on June 10, 2008. Retrieved December 11, 2007.
  8. ^ "2007 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced" (Press release). Big 12 Sports. November 27, 2007. Archived from the original on July 29, 2007. Retrieved November 27, 2007.
  9. ^ "Mangino Resigns as Head Football Coach". Official Website of Kansas Athletics. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Athletic Department. December 3, 2009. Archived from the original on December 7, 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2012. Mark Mangino has resigned his position as head football coach at the University of Kansas, effective immediately.
  10. ^ Evans, Thayer (November 24, 2007). "The Detours of a Coaching Life". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  11. ^ "Kansas ( 12 – 1 – 0 ) Thru: 01/07/08". NCAA. Retrieved February 23, 2008.
  12. ^ Wood, Ryan."Mangino named AP National Coach of the Year", Lawrence Journal World, December 19, 2007.
  13. ^ McCollough, J. Brady. "KU’s Mangino, MU’s Pinkel top AP coach of the year voting", Kansas City Star, December 19, 2007.
  14. ^ Kansas Football Notable from 2008 Kansas Big 12 Football Media Day Archived August 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Mark Mangino hired as assistant head coach at Youngstown State".
  16. ^ "Iowa State hires Mark Mangino".
  17. ^ "Iowa State Falls To Kansas, 34-14". Iowa State Athletics. November 8, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  18. ^ "Paul Rhoads ousts Mark Mangino as Iowa State offensive coordinator". October 26, 2015.
  19. ^ Peterson, Randy, and Tommy Birch, "Paul Rhoads fired as Iowa State coach, will coach, will coach finale," Des Moines Register, November 22, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2016. [1]
  20. ^ "Mark Mangino: 'I won't be returning to Kansas'". Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  21. ^ McCollough, J. Brady. "Mangino's approach split team at first job," Wichita Eagle, November 20, 2009. (accessed October 16, 2013)
  22. ^ "The Mangino calls incident 'regrettable'". Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  23. ^ Heuben, Liz (November 13, 2004). "Mangino livid about penalty on Gordon". Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  24. ^ Woodling, Chuck (July 16, 2005). "KU reveals NCAA violations". Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  25. ^ Wood, Ryan (April 22, 2006). "NCAA: Kansas lost institutional control". Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  26. ^ "KU probation extended". October 12, 2006. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  27. ^ "Simple PlanStrict discipline and hard work is how Mark Mangino turned Kansas around". November 8, 2007. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  28. ^ "Kansas football wide receiver Raimond Pendleton punt return Mark Mangino YouTube J. Brady McCollough". Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  29. ^ "Sources: Mangino-Wright incident triggers KU investigation". kansas. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  30. ^ a b "Kansas investigating matter related to Mangino". November 17, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  31. ^ Fagan, Mark. "Documents show what it looks like when Mangino loses his temper,", November 17, 2009. (accessed October 16, 2013)
  32. ^ "College football - Mark Mangino, Kansas reach settlement for him to resign as coach". The Seattle Times. December 3, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  33. ^ "Tom Keegan: Mark Mangino opens window to his Kansas success, obsession with job". August 31, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  34. ^ "Oklahoma football: After wife's cancer treatments, Mark Mangino is ready to get back to coaching". October 18, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  35. ^ Yosay, Robert K. (August 17, 2013). "Ex-KU coach Mark Mangino building happy, healthy life at alma mater". Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  36. ^ "NCAA Football Rankings, 2002–present". ESPN. Retrieved February 23, 2008.
  37. ^ "Big 12 Record Book" (PDF) (Press release). Retrieved February 23, 2008.

External linksEdit