Paul Mangen was hired in May of 2009 as the men’s and women’s swim coach at Saint Leo University. The Celina, Ohio native has built an extensive coaching resume over the past 10 years.
Mangen has guided the Saint Leo University swim programs to unprecedented heights, both academically and athletically.
2011 was another step in the right direction for Mangen and his Lions. Directing the team to 16 broken records during the year, Mangen's group finished with a record of 9-5, including the team's highest national ranking to date, 21st. Additionally, senior Tim Olson placed himself in the NCAA Championships in the 50 and 100 yard Freestyle, as well as the 100 yard Butterfly. It marked the first time in program history that both the men's and women's teams finished with an above .500 record in conference (9-5).
The Lions went from 3-8 (0-6 in Sunshine State Conference) record in 2010 to a respectable 8-7-1 (5-6-1 in SSC) in 2011. Both programs finished the season ranked 23rd nationally, had six individuals qualify provisionally for the NCAA National Championships, two conference individual champions, (both set conference records), 26 new team records were set and four student-athletes earned Academic All-America honors.
Mangen was a 14-time Bluegrass Mountain Conference champion and was named the 2003 swimmer of the year.
He was selected by the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Association as the 2003 male scholar-athlete of the year. He was an eight time, NCAA All-America selection and also earned Academic All-America honors twice during his undergraduate career.
Mangen began his head swim coaching career at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.V. where his athletes captured one national championship, five NCAA All-America honors, set 13 school records and two conference records (WVIAC/ BGMC). In addition, his teams won 22 conference individual championships and three conference team titles (WVIAC/ BGMC).
After three years at Wesleyan, Mangen moved from Division II to Division I as the No. 1 assistant coach of Wright State (OH). He also served as swimming and diving recruiting coordinator for both programs. While at WSU, the program regained the Horizon League conference championship two of three years and added a second place finish. The athletic accomplishments while at WSU included three NCAA Division I qualifying swims, five Horizon League records, 13 school records, 29 individual conference championship swims, and four relay conference titles.
A 2003 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV, with a bachelor of science degree in Sport Management, Cum Laude, and also holds a Master's of Business Administration.
Coach Mangen resides in San Antonio, Fla. with his wife Melissa. They have one son, John 'Jack' Michael.
Lions under Mangen...
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