Jacqueline Mangola was named Head Softball Coach at Hiram College during the summer of 2014. She becomes the 13th head coach in program history during the fast pitch era at Hiram which began in 1984.
Mangola will replace Kristin Tassey who stepped down after the 2014 season and leaves the program as the winningest coach with a 160-141 record in eight seasons. During her tenure, she led her team to two North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament Championships and two appearances in the NCAA Division III National Tournament, including advancing to the Regional Championship game in 2011.
“I am extremely eager to begin this journey at Hiram,” said Mangola. “I hope to carry on Kristin’s success. The future is exciting and I am optimistic and grateful to be a part of the Hiram community.”
Mangola comes to Hiram after a one-year stay at Muskingum University as a graduate assistant and helped the Fighting Muskies post a 28-18 record in 2014 and finish as the Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season co-champions and OAC Tournament champs leading to an appearance in the NCAA national tournament. She was part of the coaching staff that was recognized by the conference as the 2014 OAC “Coaching Staff of the Year.” Prior to her time at Muskingum, Mangola spent some time at John Carroll University as an assistant where the Blue Streaks finished third in the OAC Tournament as well as making an appearance in the NCAA Tourney.
In addition to her success as a coach, Mangola was a standout softball player as a student-athlete at Ohio Northern University. She is a 2012 ONU graduate with a degree in health and physical education. As an athlete, Mangola was a three-time first-team All-OAC (2009-11) award winner, including a two-time OAC “Player of the Year” honoree (2010-11). She earned first-team All-American accolades on two occasions (2010-11) as well as first-team All-Region (2010-11). Mangola was named to two Regional All-Tournament Teams (2009, 2011) and received the OAC Clyde Lamb Award as a senior which is given to the top male and female athlete from each OAC institution.
For her career, Mangola played in 179 games and finished with a .392 lifetime batting average (222-of-567). She hit 45 homeruns, 44 doubles, scored 172 runs and had 179 runs batted in. She is the all-time leader in ONU program history in homeruns as well as the single-season leader in that category with 21 homers during the 2011 season. Mangola is also second all-time in RBI (179), third in runs (172) and fourth in hits (222), walks (79) and slugging percentage (.735). In addition, her .392 career batting average ranks seventh all time.
Off the field, Mangola also excelled in the classroom as a three-time Academic All-OAC award winner.
“We are excited to welcome Jackie Mangola as our next Head Softball Coach,” said Hiram Athletic Director Ellen Dempsey. “Jackie was an elite level player for Ohio Northern. She has taken her passion for softball and her drive to excel and very quickly parlayed that into two very successful coaching stints at both John Carroll and Muskingum. Jackie is absolutely the right person to take the helm and continue the Hiram softball tradition. We are pleased that she has joined us.”