New football coach hired

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“Excellence in football is measured in wins,” said Peter Mangurian, the new Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football for the Lions, at his introductory press conference on December 9. “We need to expect to win. We need to expect to be excellent at what we do.”

Mangurian, a former NFL coach who worked two Super Bowls and was Cornell’s head coach from 1998 to 2000, intends to change the football culture at Columbia. In 2011, the Lions avoided a winless campaign by beating Brown on November 19 in the last game of the year, which wasn’t enough to save the job of coach Norries Wilson, who was dismissed the next day. Wilson went 17–43 in six seasons — a record that looks almost Lombardian next to the streak of forty-four consecutive losses that Columbia suffered in the 1980s. But as Mangurian firmly stated, “We will not be defined by the past.”

Peter Mangurian / Photo:  Alyson Goulden, Columbia SpectatorMangurian, fifty-six, has three decades of coaching experience, mostly as a tight-end, offensive-line, and running-back coach in the NFL. From 1988 to 1997, he helped lead the Denver Broncos, the New York Giants, and the Atlanta Falcons, all under head coach Dan Reeves, before joining the New England Patriots under Bill Belichick from 2005 to 2008, and finally the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under Raheem Morris from 2009 to 2010. Mangurian coached the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV and the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

“Pete Mangurian is an outstanding football coach,” says M. Dianne Murphy, Columbia’s director of intercollegiate athletics and physical education. “He brings tremendous experience with a plethora of impressive mentors. 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.”

This experience also includes a successful three-year stint as Cornell’s head coach. Mangurian brought Cornell from the Ivy League basement in 1998 to third place in 1999 and second in 2000, compiling a 16–14 overall record. The Big Red went a combined 10–4 in the Ivy League from 1999 to 2000, the team’s best two-year conference record in its history.

To watch video of Mangurian’s press conference, visit gocolumbialions.com.

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