NEW CASTLE —
Mark Mangino is headed back to familiar territory.
The New Castle native and former University of Kansas football coach accepted the offensive coordinator job at Iowa State University on Monday. Mangino will replace Courtney Messingham, who was fired after the Cyclones finished 3-9 in 2013.
Iowa State will be his fourth coaching job in the Big 12 after previous stops at Oklahoma and Kansas State.
“I’ve coached in that league since it was the Big 8 and I’m very familiar with it,” Mangino said last night. “I’m familiar with the recruiting climate out there and all of its college towns. I’ve always liked the competition in the Big 12. It’s a conference with intense rivalries. The league has been known for its sportsmanship and fan bases.”
“I’ve always had a healthy respect for Iowa State and their kids. They were always a formidable foe no matter where I coached. Iowa State has always had tough, hard-nosed kids.”
Mangino coached Kansas from 2002-2009 and led the Jayhawks to a 50-48 record. He inherited a Kansas program with six-straight losing seasons and turned it into an Orange Bowl champion in 2007.
The Jayhawks prospered under Mangino’s tutelage, winning a school-record 12 games and climbing as high as No. 2 in the national polls during his time there.
He received 14 national coach of the year awards in 2007, including recognition from the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News and ESPN.
He resigned with four years left on his contract in 2009 after being accused of verbal abuse toward his players. Mangino and the university agreed to a $3 million settlement.
Mangino served as assistant head coach and coached the tight ends at YSU under coach Eric Wolford last year after three years away from coaching, while his wife Mary Jane battled breast cancer.
“I had a very enjoyable year at YSU,” he said. “The university and the athletic department treated me well. It’s very difficult to say good-bye for a second time, because they were very nice to me and my family. I’ll miss YSU. It’s one of my all-time favorite places. I went to school there and they gave me the opportunity to come back to coach there a second time.”
He got his start in collegiate coaching at Youngstown State University under Jim Tressel and later coached at Geneva before making the leap back to Division I coaching at Kansas State as the run game coordinator under Bill Snyder from 1991-98.
Mangino later coached the offensive line under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma in 1999 before assuming the Sooners’ offensive coordinator duties for the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
Oklahoma beat Florida State in 2000 for the national championship.
“I am beyond thrilled to welcome Coach Mangino to the Cyclone football family,” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads told cyclones.com. “In terms of calling plays and executing a game plan, he is top shelf. He has learned from a ‘Who’s Who’ of college coaches, effectively led his own championship program and is respected throughout the coaching ranks.”
Mangino will oversee a Cyclones offense returning their top rusher, two quarterbacks that saw considerable time in 2013 and three of their top four receivers.
“He has an imaginative offensive mind, an ability to play to his players’ strengths, a track record of winning and a tremendous familiarity with the Big 12 Conference,” Rhoads said.
The Cyclones will play the Jayhawks on Nov. 8 in Lawrence, Kan. It will be Mangino’s first trip to Memorial Stadium since his final home game at Kansas, a 31-17 loss to Nebraska on Nov. 14, 2009.
“I don’t see any significance in that game,” Mangino said of his return to Memorial Stadium. “I’m not a sentimental person. I want Iowa State to win as many games as we can. If you want to be successful in this profession, you have to leave emotion out of it and be a tactician.
“This is the fourth school in the Big 12 that I’ve coached for. I’ll be coaching against people that I know — some are friends and others are guys that I’ve coached against before — so it’ll be the same for most of our conference games.”
Mangino is a 1987 graduate of Youngstown State. He and his wife have a daughter (Samantha) a son (Tommy) and four grandchildren.
“The most difficult thing will be my wife and I leaving our families for a second time,” Mangino said. “It was hard enough doing it once let alone a second time. I don’t recommend it to anyone.”
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