North Stafford Head Coach Joe Mangano (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruitNoVA)
In a surprise announcement, Joe Mangano announces that he’s leaving the North Stafford Football program
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Joe Mangano has built the North Stafford Football program into a powerhouse.
You might think that it’s easy when you have a tailback like Penn State bound Devyn Ford. You have to dig deeper for Mangano’s origins with the program.
When Mangano started at North Stafford in 2008, the Wolverines were only four years removed from a state championship game loss to Meadowbrook, but the win-loss record declined to 4-6 in 2007 and the team hadn’t made the playoffs since the title run. He was their fifth head coach in four years.
The Wolverines were 1-9 in Mangano’s first season. The administration gave him time to turn the program around and in the last eight seasons, North Stafford has been 72-30. They’ve averaged nine wins a season in that span.
On Tuesday, Mangano announced that he’s leaving the program due to health concerns. His statement was published on the school’s Facebook page.“Due to some declining health issues and the increased demand and time to be a successful Head Coach, I have resigned my position as the Head Football Coach at North Stafford High School. This has been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made, but at the current time, it is necessary. High blood pressure and heart disease is a part of my family’s history,” Mangano stated. ” My father suffered a heart attack at 44 years old because of stress. He eventually had triple bypass surgery as well. Being a husband and father of two young boys, the time, pressure and overall commitment it takes to run a team 365 days a year is something I can no longer do.”
Coach Mangano is a husband and the father of two boys who will soon be 10 and 12 years old. Mangano has been the face of North Stafford football for over a decade, and you can tell that he has been thoroughly invested in North Stafford Football.
“(Coaching at North Stafford) has been extremely rewarding and it has brought a great deal satisfaction personally and professionally. I love this football program and I hold it in the highest regard. I am proud to say that I am the longest tenured coach in the school’s history,” said the coach. “During the past eight years, we won at least one playoff game. This is the longest streak in the area. We also have four state semifinals appearances, three regional titles, two district titles and more importantly over 50 of our players during this time have gone off to play college football. Over the past two years our varsity team has been able to maintain a 3.0 GPA during the course of the season.”
The coach also mentioned the many community service projects that his staff has led and his players have contributed their time, effort and hearts to. He reminisced about the workouts, the drills… all of the work that the staff and players put in to bring the program to where it is today.
“I want to thank all the current and past players who have played for me. Words can’t express how much I appreciate their passion, loyalty and commitment. I have been blessed to coach an unbelievable group of young men. Our players have embodied what it means to be a true student athlete,” he said. ” I have been blessed to be a part of their lives. Some of the greatest memories I will have are the regional championship wins. Looking at the faces of the players and seeing the jubilation and excitement will be something I will never forget. Our players understood the definition of hard work, discipline and commitment.
Of course Mangano thanked his assistant coaches, the community and the administration that have supported the program. It’s a farewell that’s tough for everyone involved.
Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Neil Sullivan will take over as interim head coach for North Stafford. It’s Mangano’s wish that Coach Sullivan succeed him as the next head coach of the Wolverines.
“Time has flown by. I need to make myself and my family my priority.”
“I am confident Coach Sullivan will continue our success and lead our program to even greater heights. I hope everyone rallies behind him and the other coaches on staff so our program continues to grow. I can’t wait to see what the future will bring, and I will be cheering North on!”
– Andy Hilton
You can see the full text of Coach Mangano’s announcement on the North Stafford Facebook page.