Iowa State football: Cyclones hire Mark Mangino as offensive coordinator


Paul Rhoads has hired former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino as the offensive coordinator and Louis Ayeni as the running backs coach on the football team.

Nov 30, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Paul Rhoads walks on the sidelines during the first quarter of the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Ames Tribune was able to confirm the reports from various outlets, including the Associated Press.

Mangino went 50-48 during his tenure as Kansas head coach, but most of success was seen in 2007 when he led the Jayhawks to an Orange Bowl victory and won the AP national coach of the year. He was fired in 2009 after reports of treating his players poorly.

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Mangino finally broke into coaching again this season with a job at Youngstown State as an assistant head coach and tight ends coach.

The Iowa State Daily provides some more background on Mangino before his time at Kansas and what he could bring to the struggling offense.

"Mangino served as an assistant coach at Kansas State (1991-98) and Oklahoma (1999-01) before being named the head coach at Kansas. In his time as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma for the Sooners’ national championship in 2001, Mangino developed a reputation with his ability to direct spread offenses efficiently."

Bobby La Gesse from the Tribune also reports that Louis Ayeni has been hired as the running backs coach. Ayeni was hired by the Toledo Rockets in 2010 and has been the associate head coach and run-game coordinator.