Release courtesy of SUNY Cobleskill
Cobleskill, N.Y. - SUNY Cobleskill Director of Athletics Marie Curran-Headley announced today that Christopher Mango has been named the Fighting Tigers new Interim Head Men's Lacrosse Coach for the 2019-20 season. Mango comes to Cobleskill from the City College of New York (CCNY) and takes over the Men's Lacrosse program from long-time head coach Ryan Gunzinger who stepped down after the 2019 season to concentrate on his duties as one of the program's Technical Assistants.
The new Fighting Tiger mentor said about his new appointment, "I would like to thank Athletic Director Marie Curran-Headley for having confidence in me to lead the program back to the heights it has experienced in the past.", Mango said. "I am elated to be joining the Fighting Tigers family. This is a terrific opportunity to build a great lacrosse program, and I look forward to the challenge of building that program the right way. As we look for young men that will fit our culture, New York State will be the key to our recruiting efforts. After that, we'll start branching out to other states. I'm grateful and excited for this opportunity and can't wait to get started."
Before joining the Fighting Tigers, Mango coached three years at CCNY restoring the men's lacrosse program at the club level for the college. While at CCNY, he also coached the boys modified and junior varsity lacrosse programs at Westlake High School in Thornwood, N.Y.; additionally, he coached the Westlake-Mount Pleasant town team in 2019.
Athletic Director Marie Curran-Headley wanted to thank Ryan Gunzinger for his years as the head coach, "I would like to first thank Ryan Gunzinger for all his effort and years at the helm of our Men's Lacrosse program. As we devote Ryan to other efforts within the athletic department, we have been afforded the opportunity to hire a full-time coach.
According to Curran-Headley, Coach Mango was the right man for the job, "When looking at many strong candidates, Chris Mango rose to the top. His proven record of recruiting and ability to build programs is exactly what we are looking for. I am excited to bring his energy and passion to further enhance the Athletic Department as a whole. I look forward to the future of Fighting Tiger Lacrosse."
Prior to his time at CCNY, Mango coached the Georgia Southern University Lacrosse Club for one season and led them to a program-best 6-6 record.
Before Georgia Southern, Mango served as the head coach at Mount Saint Michael Academy (Bronx, NY). In the spring of 2015, he coached the Mountaineers varsity lacrosse team to the semi-finals of the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Class "A" Championships, ending the year with a 9-7 overall record. After the season, he was selected as an assistant coach the CHSAA's Senior All-Star team at the Mayor's Cup.
The Yonkers, N.Y. native earned his Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Iona College and his Master's Degree in Sports and Recreation Administration with a Concentration in Coaching from Western Kentucky University.
Mango takes over the program following the 2019 season that saw the Fighting Tigers post a 3-10 mark including a 1-6 record in the North Eastern Atlantic Conference (NEAC).