Mangino Named Associated Press National Coach of the Year

Dec. 19, 2007

<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. – After leading Kansas to one of the most remarkable seasons in school history, Jayhawk head football coach Mark Mangino was named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year on Wednesday.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

The sixth-year head coach led the Jayhawks to an 11-1 record, a national ranking of second late in the season, and the school’s first Bowl Championship Series bowl game, as KU will play Virginia Tech in the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

“I appreciate this honor given by the Associated Press and its writers from across the country,” Mangino said. “I feel very fortunate to win this award, but I know it is because of our fine assistant coaches and wonderful players more than anything.”

Mangino has been named national coach of the year by several organizations and publications, including earning the Home Depot, Walter Camp, The Sporting News, and Woody Hayes honors. He is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson, Bear Bryant, Liberty Mutual and George Munger awards.

Picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 North Division in the preseason, Kansas surprised nearly everyone, by winning 11 straight games and sharing the division title with Missouri this season.

Kansas had a record-breaking season of firsts throughout the year, including the school’s highest national ranking (second), a share of the division title for the first time in Big 12 history, single-game and single-season attendance marks, and a number of statistical records.

Mangino took over a Kansas football program, which had not won more than five games in six straight seasons before his arrival, and was able to produce a six-win season and a trip to the Tangerine Bowl in just his second year in Lawrence in 2003.

This year he became the first coach in school history to lead Kansas to three bowl games as he took the Jayhawks to the 2003 Tangerine Bowl, the 2005 Fort Worth Bowl and this year’s FedEx Orange Bowl. Last year KU was 6-6, but did not receive a bowl invitation.

After an inaugural 2-10 record in 2002, KU has gone 6-7, 4-7, 7-5, 6-6 and 11-1 in his years here to give him an even 36-36 record. The last KU coach to have a .500 or better record after his last game was Jack Mitchell, who was 44-42-5 for 51.1 percent from 1958-66. KU has had eight coaches in between Mitchell and Mangino.

This past season KU landed three players on the Associated Press All-America teams, including first-team selections Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins and second-team pick James McClinton.

KU also landed 14 players on the All-Big 12 teams as well as 14 on the Academic All-Big 12 teams.

The Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year with Missouri’s Gary Pinkel, Mangino became the third Big 12 Coach to earn AP National Coach of the Year honors, joining Bill Snyder of KansasState in 1998 and Bob Stoops of Oklahoma. Mangino was an assistant coach for both of those men when they claimed the national honor.

Frank Beamer, coach of KU’s FedEx Orange Bowl opponent Virginia Tech, was the national coach of the year in 1999.

Mark Mangino Bio

Sixth Year at Kansas (36-36 record)

Graduated From YoungstownState, 1987

Coaching History

1981-84 – New Castle HS (assistant)

1985-86 – YoungstownState (assistant)

1987-89 – GenevaCollege (assistant)

1990 – Elwood City HS (head coach)

1991-98 – KansasState (assistant)

1999-2001 – Oklahoma (assistant)

2002-present – Kansas (head coach)