Women's Basketball

Phyllis Mangina
Phyllis Mangina
Title: Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
Phone: 201-761-7343
Email: pmangina@saintpeters.edu

Phyllis Mangina begins her fifth season as a women's basketball assistant coach under Pat Coyle in 2017-18.

Mangina helped guide the Peacocks to their best conference start under head coach Coyle, winning two of the first three MAAC games. The team also earned thier second win over MAAC powerhouse Marist in four seasons, giving Saint Peter's their first road win over Marist in 15 years. In her second season, Saint Peter's defeated the defending league champion Marist in the regular season and advanced to the MAAC Quarterfinals. Two players have earned MAAC All-Rookie honors with Mangina on staff.

Mangina returned to the coaching ranks after retiring as the women’s basketball head coach at Seton Hall in 2010. Since her retirement, Mangina has served as a color commentator for the Northeast Conference and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Mangina was the women’s basketball head coach at Seton Hall for 25 seasons where she won more than 340 games and coached three honorable mention All-Americans and 18 All-Big East selections. The winningest head coach in program history, she guided Seton Hall to two NCAA Tournament appearances and three trips to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).

Mangina took over the Pirates in 1985-86 and Seton Hall saw an eight-game improvement by her second season and then she notched her first winning season as head coach at 18-10 in 1988-89.

The next season, the Pirates went 21-7 to record the program’s first 20-win campaign since 1980-81 and posted an 18-11 record in 1990-91. 

Mangina then guided Seton Hall to its first two trips to the NCAA Tournaments in team history. The Pirates recorded its best season in program history in 1993-94 when the squad finished 27-5 overall and 16-2 in the Big East and was ranked 14th in the nation.  Seton Hall fell to Connecticut in the Big East Championship Game before advancing to the program’s first NCAA Tournament. The Pirates downed Vermont in the first round and Texas in the second round before falling to Penn State in the Sweet 16.

The team backed up the 1993-94 season with a 24-9 record and a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. After falling to Connecticut in the Big East Championship Game for the second-straight year, Seton Hall defeated Stephen F. Austin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to defending national champion North Carolina in the second round.

Mangina guided the Pirates back to the postseason in 2002-03 with the squad’s first appearance in the WNIT. The next season the squad returned to the WNIT and advanced to the second round after defeating George Mason in the first round.

Seton Hall made one more trip to the WNIT in Mangina’s tenure in 2006-07. The Pirates finished 19-12 on the year and downed Dartmouth in the first round of the WNIT to advance to the second round for the second time in program history.

She got her start in the coaching ranks as an assistant coach at Wagner in 1981-82 and then returned to West Orange to serve as an assistant coach under her former head coach Sue Regan for three seasons before being named head coach in 1985-86.

A standout point guard with the Pirates from 1977-81, Mangina led Seton Hall to a 93-28 mark during her four-year playing career. Each year the team advanced to postseason play, highlighted by a trip to the 1978 AIAW National Final. Mangina was team captain in both her junior and senior seasons and at the time of graduation, held Pirate records in career assists (441), assists in a season (151) and career steals (269). Mangina is currently 11th on the all-time scoring list with 1,195 points. She was one of 13 former Pirate student-athletes inducted into the Seton Hall Athletic Hall of Fame in November 1991.