Mangone Named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year
WACO, Texas – The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced the 2018 Regional Coaches of the Year, and The College at Brockport football head coach Jason Mangone was named the Region I Coach of the Year. This is the second straight season that Mangone has earned the title of AFCA Regional Coach of the Year, and it comes as no surprise after the Golden Eagles had another dominate year on the gridiron. Mangone joins an elite list of coaches, including fellow Division III selections Jim Margraff (John Hopkins University), Pete Fredenburg (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor), Larry Kindbom (Washington University in St. Louis) and Kevin Bullis (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater). The five Division III selections are now finalists for AFCA Coach of the Year, which will be announced during the AFCA convention held in January. Under the direction of Mangone in 2018, Brockport extended its program regular-season winning streak to 22, and posted another impressive post season run, this time to the 'Sweet-16' round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Football Championship. The Golden Eagles finished the regular season undefeated at 10-0, earning back-to-back Empire 8 titles and finished the 2018 season with an 11-1 overall record. The Green and Gold were strong on both sides of the ball, with a national caliber offense and defense. The offense put its stamp in the Brockport record books, setting a new mark for points in a season with a 41.67 per game average behind a record 69 touchdowns, 30 of which were through the air, another program best. The Green and Gold also set a new mark in yards per game with 496.4-yards and most net rushing yards in a season (2,733-yards). Mangone also coached some offensive individual record breakers, with Joe Germinerio setting the bar for most passing yards gained in a career in only his third season with 7,978-yards and Joseph Ortiz's 81-receptions in 2018 earning him the top spot in the record books. The defense had similar success, with the 2018 team leaving its mark amongst the best of Brockport. The Green and Gold defense, under Coach Mangone's tutelage allowed the fewest rushing yards in a season, a mere 81-yards over the course of the year. The Brockport secondary wreaked havoc, with 89-pass deflections for a new program mark, and Rashad Baker's 32-pass deflections setting a new program high for a season. The Green and Gold defense also earned national attention, as they led several statistical categories for the majority of 2018. The Golden Eagles boasted the best rushing defense, allowing a measly 6.8-yards rushing per game for their opponents and also had the best third down conversion defense, with a 0.158 percentage. Mangone has amassed a record of 49-19 in his six years at the helm of the Golden Eagle football program, developing the team into a national contender. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Golden Eagle scores and awards by following @BportAthletics on Twitter and by liking the "Brockport Golden Eagles" Facebook page.