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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Columbia hires a new football coach

By Kieran Darcy

Columbia has hired Pete Mangurian as its new head football coach, the school announced on Thursday.

Mangurian has been a head coach in the Ivy League before, at Cornell from 1998-2000, where he compiled a 16-14 record, taking the Big Red from last place in his first season to second place in his last.

He also has extensive experience as an assistant coach in the NFL, including being on Dan Reeves' staff with the Denver Broncos, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons, and on Bill Belichick's staff with the New England Patriots.

"Pete Mangurian is an outstanding football coach," said Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Columbia's athletic director, in a statement. "He brings tremendous experience with a plethora of impressive mentors, including Bill Arnsparger, Dan Reeves and Bill Belichick. 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."

"As soon as I stepped on campus, I was energized," Mangurian said. "What excited me the most was that every person I spoke to had the same enthusiasm, commitment and passion for the athletics program and the football program in particular. We will need collaboration to be successful and I felt that immediately. This is a tremendous opportunity to give this outstanding university an outstanding football program."

Mangurian replaces Norries Wilson, who was let go in November following the Lions' 1-9 season. Wilson had a 17-43 record in six years at the helm.