Phyllis Mangina

Phyllis Ann Mangina (born January 3, 1959) is an American college basketball coach who was most recently an assistant women's basketball coach at Saint Peter's. Previously, she was head coach at Seton Hall from 1985 to 2010.[1] Mangina was first a star basketball and softball player at Seton Hall, and later returned to her alma mater as an assistant, before assuming a leading role as head coach in 1985.

Phyllis Mangina
Biographical details
Born (1959-01-03) January 3, 1959
Orange, New Jersey
Playing career
1977–1981Seton Hall
Position(s)Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1982Wagner (asst.)
1982–1985Seton Hall (asst.)
1985–2010Seton Hall
2012–2018Saint Peter's (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall352–368 (.489)[1]
TournamentsNCAA Division I: 3–2 (.600)[2]
WNIT: 2–3 (.400)[2]
Accomplishments and honors
  • 2× Big East Coach of the Year (1990, 1994)

Early life and education

Born and raised in Orange, New Jersey, Mangina graduated from East Orange Catholic High School in 1977.[3] At Seton Hall University, a Catholic university in nearby South Orange, Mangina played at point guard on the Seton Hall Pirates women's basketball team from 1977 to 1981, during which Seton Hall went 93–28 and made the postseason every year, including the 1978 AIAW national final. She also played on the softball team.[4][5]

Coaching career

Assistant coach (1981–1985)

After graduating from Seton Hall in 1981, Mangina became an assistant coach at Wagner College in Staten Island for a season before returning to Seton Hall as an assistant coach under her former coach Sue Regan. After serving as recruiting coordinator at Seton Hall from 1982 to 1985, Seton Hall promoted Mangina to head coach after Regan became associate athletic director.[6]

Seton Hall (1985–2010)

As head coach of Seton Hall from 1985 to 2010, Mangina led Seton Hall to two NCAA Tournament appearances (1994 and 1995) and three Women's National Invitation Tournament appearances (2003, 2004, and 2007). The second women's basketball head coach in program history, Mangina has the winningest basketball coaching record at Seton Hall with an overall record of 341–345. She coached three honorable mention All-Americans and 18 All Big East selections. During the 1994-95 season, the Pirates went 24-9 earning the program's second consecutive 20-win season and tournament appearance. The 1994 team spent 10 weeks in the Top 25.[6]

In the 1993–94 season, Seton Hall had its best season ever at 27–5 (16–2, second in the Big East) and finished the year ranked no. 14 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.[6]

After the 1997–98 season, in which the team finished 8–19,[1] five players, including leading scorer Danielle Golay and starting point guard Christine Koren, decided to transfer.[7][8]

On March 15, 2010, Mangina resigned from Seton Hall.[9]

Saint Peter's assistant (2012–2018)

In 2012, Mangina returned to coaching as an assistant at Saint Peter's, another Catholic university program in northern New Jersey, under head coach Pat Coyle.[4] Going 19–132 through six seasons,[10] Coyle resigned following the 2017–18 season, and the new head coach did not retain Mangina on staff.[11][12]

Coaching tree

These former players or assistant coaches under Mangina later became head coaches..

Name Latest school/organization as head coach Relationship Years with Mangina
Marlin Chinn FIU Assistant coach 2005–2009
Tina Martin Delaware Assistant coach 1987–1996

Head coaching record


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Seton Hall Pirates (Big East Conference) (1985–2010)
1985–86 Seton Hall 5–232–149th
1986–87 Seton Hall 12–173–138th
1987–88 Seton Hall 10–194–128th
1988–89 Seton Hall 18–109–7T–4th
1989–90 Seton Hall 21–711–53rd
1990–91 Seton Hall 18–117–95th
1991–92 Seton Hall 14–155–13T–8th
1992–93 Seton Hall 14–138–106th
1993–94 Seton Hall 27–516–22ndNCAA Sweet 16
1994–95 Seton Hall 24–912–63rdNCAA Second Round
1995–96 Seton Hall 16–139–9T–1st (Big East 7)
1996–97 Seton Hall 10–177–115th (Big East 7)
1997–98 Seton Hall 8–196–12T–4th (Big East 7)
1998–99 Seton Hall 6–213–1313th
1999–2000 Seton Hall 11–165–11T–9th
2000–01 Seton Hall 16–129–76th
2001–02 Seton Hall 15–146–10T–9th
2002–03 Seton Hall 14–157–98thWNIT First Round[2]
2003–04 Seton Hall 15–156–108thWNIT Second Round[2]
2004–05 Seton Hall 14–146–109th
2005–06 Seton Hall 6–213–13T–13th
2006–07 Seton Hall 19–129–7T–8thWNIT Second Round
2007–08 Seton Hall 13–143–13T–14th
2008–09 Seton Hall 17–144–12T–13th
2009–10 Seton Hall 9–211–1516th
Seton Hall: 352–368 (.489)161–253 (.389)
Total:352–368 (.489)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  2. Seton Hall 2017-18 Women's Basketball Media Guide & Record Book (PDF), Seton Hall University, 2017, pp. 36–37, 53
  3. Caldwell, Dave (February 25, 2007). "A Force in Seton Hall Sports, on and Off Court". The New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  4. "Phyllis Mangina". Saint Peter's University. Archived from the original on June 28, 2018.
  5. 2015 Seton Hall Softball Record Book, p. 23
  6. "Phyllis Mangina". Seton Hall University. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  7. Moretti, Mike; Blasko, Andrea (May 8, 1998). "5 Seton Players to Leave Team". The Star-Ledger. Newark, NJ. p. 64.
  8. Riley, Lori (November 1, 1998). "Seton Hall Coach Downplays Revolt". Hartford Courant. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  9. "Phyllis Mangina Steps Down as Head Women's Basketball Coach". March 15, 2010. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  11. "Pat Coyle Resigns from Saint Peter's as Women's Basketball Head Coach". Saint Peter's University. March 16, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  12. "Mitchell Announces Women's Basketball Coaching Staff". Saint Peter's University. April 6, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  13. 2010-11 Big East Women's Basketball Media Guide, Big East Conference, 2010, pp. 96–98
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