Archive for Saturday, December 5, 2009

Manginos have left positive impressions on community

December 5, 2009


While not always as visible in doing charitable work as coaches like Roy Williams or Bill Self, Mark Mangino and his wife, Mary Jane, have left their mark in different ways.

The Manginos were regular contributors to the United Way, said Colleen Gregoire, vice president of the United Way of Douglas County.

“Mangino could be the most generous giver of anybody in the athletic department, and you would never know because that’s how some people choose to fund their groups,” and charities respect that, Gregoire said.

Loring Henderson, executive director of the Lawrence Community Shelter, said Mangino and his wife are “exemplary” chairs of a dinner and dancing fundraiser in 2008, on the heels of the coach’s Orange Bowl victory.

Mary Jane helped with the planning and committee meetings of the event, and he delivered a very well-received speech on homelessness, Henderson said.

“You could just tell that he had done some research,” Henderson said. “He spoke — for 10 or 15 minutes without notes — eloquently and solemnly about homelessness.”

They also personally donated to the shelter, and Henderson said Mangino designated the shelter as the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from signed footballs.

The Manginos have also been active in raising money for KU Libraries — making a $10,000 pledge in 2008.

The Rev. Leo Barbee, of Victory Bible Church, recalled a 2004 speech where Mangino delivered another keynote speech at a banquet honoring Martin Luther King.

“We were impressed,” Barbee said. “It was well-received and a really good message.”


camper 4 years, 4 months ago

Make no mistake (in my humble opinion), Mark Mangino is an excellent football coach. I once witnessed a practice last year, a Sunday after a victory. The organization and drills were timely, quick, and to the point. Coach Mangino I could see on the field, arms folded, watching the drills.

A whiz at offense schemes (I might say genius) I think the problem was that the league caught up to and distrupted the spread offense. A year later, given the chance, Mangino know doubt would catch up and adjust likewise.

Without sounding too philosophical, I think coaches (like the rest of us) are dual in nature. Both caring and harsh at times. Mangino is the former. As Jesus said, "He who is without mistake", let him cast the first stone.


jaywalker 4 years, 4 months ago

Had to be at least one immature comment on this string. Congrats, marce.


somebodynew 4 years, 4 months ago

edjayhawk - You normally post reasonable things, and while this is reasonable, it is sadly mis-informed ( "Mangino had more positives then negatives").

I don't know if you remember Jason King, formerly of The Star, and now with yahoo sports, but he wrote an article Friday giving great insite into MM and his daily activities, and his normal, everyday treatment of regular people (not FB players). Now, I know from past articles that J King has outstanding contacts at KU, and I know from the people I know in the AD, that what he writes in this article is correct.

You should really check it out if you haven't read it. It was titled something like "Temper sinks Mangino" or something close to that.


macon47 4 years, 4 months ago

oh please the only thing he did wrong was lose 6 games and missouri lew was just wanting to pocket as much of the conract money for athletics as he could. there was no more abuse when he was losing as their was when he was winning. most of the whinners were second string players with a grudge most of the first string players supported him it is all ku hogwash to save money for the ku cash registier


marcdeveraux 4 years, 4 months ago

The only impression would be from his fat ass on his easy chair


Edward Coan 4 years, 4 months ago

No one said it did. Just another aspect of Mangino whether you like it or not. Seems to me Mangino had more positives then negatives but Pew Lerkins didn't want him around anymore...


suzchase 4 years, 4 months ago

This doesn't make everything alright.


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