DJ Mangas, a former Tribe wide receiver and quarterback, enters his second season as W&M’s running backs coach after a tremendously successful initial campaign last fall.
Mangas made an immediate impact with the Tribe’s running backs in 2014, as the quartet combined to rush for 1,735 yards with 17 touchdowns. Leading the group was first-team all-conference selection Mikal Abdul-Saboor, who led the Colonial Athletic Association and ranked 13th nationally with 115.1 rushing yards per game. Additionally, Abdul-Saboor posted the sixth-best single-season rushing total (1,266) in school history and became just the second Tribe player to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark during the last 16 seasons.
Mangas returned to Williamsburg after a pair of one-year stints at Georgetown and Hampden-Sydney College. As the running backs coach with the Hoyas in 2013, he helped the squad’s starting running back finish among the program’s single-season top-10 list in every major statistical category.
Prior to joining Georgetown’s staff, Mangas spent a season as the quarterbacks coach at Hampden-Sydney where the Tigers’ starting signal caller was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection after leading the league in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense per game.
Mangas began his coaching career at W&M as a student assistant immediately following his playing career, as he worked with the Tribe’s running backs and quarterbacks in addition to assisting with the management of winter workouts and spring practice and development of daily spring practice plan materials.
A four-year letterwinner at the College, Mangas led the Tribe in receptions (45), receiving yards (591) and touchdown catches (5) during his senior season. Additionally, he earned the team’s 2011 Inspirational Award, which is given to the player who exemplifies great leadership.
Mangas serves as W&M’s primary recruiter in Northwest Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, Western Maryland, Ohio, Michigan, California, Arizona, Hawaii and Alaska.