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Keep an eye on Tommy Mangino, son of Mark Mangino

Nirmalendu Majumdar | Ames Tribune

Kentucky is still without a wide receivers coach after losing Chad Scott to North Carolina last week, but there’s a name we should keep a close eye on as a potential candidate.

He is Tommy Mangino, the son of former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino, and he’s an up-and-comer in the coaching game. He spent time as a graduate assistant under his father with the Jayhawks, before moving down to Hutchinson Community College, and then on to Iowa State, where he spent the last two seasons as the Cyclones’ receivers coach.

Now, Mangino is a free agent in the coaching game, and if his Twitter follows are any indication of his future, he’s poised to become a Kentucky Wildcat.

His most recent follows are:

— Marc Hill, UK’s executive associate athletic director for Internal Operations
— Pam Hinshaw, wife of new UK offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Darin Hinshaw
— UK Stoops Troops
— Jimmy Brumbaugh, UK’s defensive line coach
— John Schlarman, UK’s offensive line coach
— Frank Buffano, UK director of football operations
— Mitch Barnhart
— The official UK Football account
— Eddie Gran, new UK head coach of offense
— Mark Stoops
— Darin Hinshow

That’s a pretty telling sign, considering he only follows 112 people.

Remember the name.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 Comments for Keep an eye on Tommy Mangino, son of Mark Mangino



  1. fatbrat
    1:38 pm January 28, 2016 Permalink

    He would have good experience on how to coach at a struggling program. His D-1 coaching experience being at Iowa State and Kansas,not exactly schools to hang your coaching resume on. Should fit right in at UK.



    • pithuahua
      1:43 pm January 28, 2016 Permalink

      If Stoops decides to go with a up- and- comer. why not hire someone closer to home…



  2. macsauce13
    1:46 pm January 28, 2016 Permalink

    We need experience. We need success. We do NOT need unproven. We do not need an “up and comer” from two horrible programs.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:15 pm January 28, 2016 Permalink

      It’s common for position coaches to do fine jobs even at programs struggling overall. That’s why USC hired Tee Martin Away from us, to name one relatively recent example.



    • pithuahua
      2:42 pm January 28, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t think Tees situation is comparable to Hiring a guy like Mangino. Martin was a successful QB in college, spent five years in the pros and had built a decent rep as a recruiter both at UNM and UK. He was rumored to a job with the “Tide” before accepting that job at USC.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      4:12 pm January 28, 2016 Permalink

      But Tee proves you can still be a quality assistant at a poor program and be successful at your job enough that someone higher up the food chain will want to hire you away. UK has long been a struggling program that more successful programs have poached for years. Tommy Bowden became an OC here before he went to Auburn, as one example that comes quickly to mind. And Stoops is having to fight all the time to keep his current assistants here as winning programs try to hire them away (Marrow, Ansley).

      With that in mind, this guy should not be judged just based on the W-L record of the schools he coached at. If he does come, let’s greet him with an open and fair mind.



    • WeareBBN
      11:45 pm January 28, 2016 Permalink

      Really mac……All coaches began as up and comers and most did not start their career at Alabama or Ohio State etc. None were proven on their 1st day. This guy is young and has experience at major programs and has a dad that has been there so sure he learned alot that most other coaches don’t get to. Why say stupid things about him when I guarantee you know nothing about him.



  3. Big Kat
    1:58 pm January 28, 2016 Permalink

    Those manikins are jacked though.



  4. lex cath
    2:00 pm January 28, 2016 Permalink

    Please don’t do this I’m begging, we saw what happened with Dawson. There are experienced WR coaches out there to choose from and from ranked programs. Do this move and we suck again especially where we need it the most



  5. Long Dong Silver
    5:00 pm January 28, 2016 Permalink

    The dad looks just like that guy from Jake and The Fat Man.



  6. Tej
    7:39 pm January 28, 2016 Permalink

    Do Coach Stoops and Coach Gran want him? That’s the test; not what posters here say.



    • Bill the Cat
      8:04 pm January 28, 2016 Permalink

      Now THAT is the most intelligent comment I’ve seen today.