WAYNESBORO - Wayne County High School introduced Todd Mangum as the War Eagles’ new head football coach in a press conference held in the WCHS Library Monday night.
Mangum is the seventh head coach in the history of the school that was formed in 1989. He replaces Marcus Boyles who three weeks ago was named the head football coach and athletic director at Petal High School.
Mangum was the defensive coordinator at Madison Central High School under former War Eagles head football coach Bobby Hall this past football season. Mangum helped Madison to the North State Class 6-A championship game. Madison Central is the largest high school in Mississippi.
Having served as defensive coordinator from 2001-2004, Mangum is no stranger to WCHS football. During that time span Wayne County won the Class 5-A and Class 4-A MHSAA State Championships, winning 37 of 42 games. The former JCJC football player and Mount Olive native has a career head coaching record of 65-29 in stops at McLaurin, Collins, Seminary, and Ocean Springs. He also served as offensive coordinator at East Central Community College before coming to Wayne County in 2001.
The previous five years before coaching at Madison Central last season, Mangum was head football coach at Ocean Springs where he made the playoffs all five years and compiled a 46-15 overall record. His 2009 Greyhound team made it to the Class 6-A South State Championship in recording an 11-3 overall mark.
When some coaches may have doubts about following the popular Boyles (121-21) who won three state championships and saw his team play for two others in his 11-year-run at Wayne County, Mangum embraces the idea of following Boyles. “The tradition of the football program and the high expectations are what drew me to this job. Marcus did an excellent job of getting this program to where it is recognized as one of the top football programs in the state over the last ten years. We do not want to back up. We’ve got to go to work and get better every day. I consider it an honor and privilege to be the head coach here. It was a no brainer,” stated Mangum.
Mangum says in order to be successful the players needs to be physical and fast on defense and very fast-paced on offense. “These players are used to a certain offense, and the athletes are geared for that. We started using a little of this up tempo offense in 2003 when I was here before,” stated Mangum.
Mangum has a simple formula for winning. “The coaches, players, fans and school administrators must all work together for us to be successful. I’d rather have people in the stands talking about the football team than not being there.”
WCHS Supervising Principal Dr. B.R. Jones stated that during the process of conducting interviews he wanted the best. “I do not think the community would accept anything less than our bringing in the best and most successful person that we can bring in. I think we accomplished that with the hiring of Coach Mangum.
“We wanted to work quickly through the process for the benefit of WCHS, and I think we achieved that goal. In fairness to our program, we wanted someone in place well ahead of spring football (April) so that the kids can get used to that person’s system,” stated Jones. Mangum will begin his duties February 1.
Jones noted that 15 very qualified applicants officially applied for the opening and he trimmed that number to three for interviews. “Todd is an experienced head coach. He knows our program and understands the tradition that has been established here,” Jones further commented.
Wayne County Superintendent of Education Ben Graves likes the hire of Mangum.” He is the right man and will work with our football boosters to help finish some projects that we have on the board. He is very familiar with our school and football program. Todd was well-liked when he was here the first time and he fits the job qualifications to a T. We wanted someone that is naturally a good coach, but also we wanted someone who is morally strong and is a good overall person. In our choice we also wanted a person that wants to part of our community,” stated Graves.
“Football is important to us. It brings our community together 11 times a year. Everyone is pulling for Wayne County on Friday nights, and that is the glue that keeps our community together,” Graves said.