BREAKING: Pete Mangurian confirmed as head football coach
The athletic department confirmed that Pete Mangurian, head coach at Cornell from 1998-2000, will be the new man in charge of Columbia’s football team. Mangurian has additional college coaching experience with powerhouses Stanford and LSU, and he has coached in the NFL with the New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, and, most recently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
M. Dianne Murphy, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education, said in a press release:
Pete Mangurian is an outstanding football coach. He brings tremendous experience with a plethora of impressive mentors, including Bill Arnsparger, Dan Reeves and Bill Belichick. He has worked in great organizations under Pat Bowlen, owner of the Denver Broncos, and Robert K. Kraft ’63CC, owner of the New England Patriots. Pete’s experience speaks for itself.
Check after the jump for more information on his background, including details of his time with the Big Red.
In his three seasons in Ithaca, the 56-year-old’s Ivy record were 1-6, 5-2, and 5-2. In his final season, he guided the Big Red to second place in the Ivy League, an achievement Cornell has been unable to match since then. The 10-4 combined league record he achieved in his second and third season was the best in the Ivy League in that period.
However, the challenge at Columbia will be different for the Californian, as the Big Red was in a much better position when he came in than the Lions are now. The Light Blue’s Ivy record in the six seasons under former head coach Norries Wilson was 10-32, a stark contrast to the Cornell team that Mangurian inherited. The Big Red had finished second, third, and third, respectively, in the three seasons prior to his appointment.
Mangurian, a defensive tackle, played college football at LSU. He became the assistant offensive line coach at Southern Methodist University only a year after graduating. He then had stints, mainly as an offensive line coach, with New Mexico, Stanford, LSU, the Broncos, the Giants, and the Falcons, before going to Cornell. He left the Big Red in order to rejoin the Falcons as offensive coordinator, before taking over as the tight ends coach for the Patriots. He left New England to be the offensive line coach for the Buccaneers, and he served in that capacity till he was released in January 2011.
The release confirms that a formal press conference will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Faculty House.
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