Liberty men's basketball Director of Basketball Operations, Chelsea Mangino, has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2019 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team. Mangino is one of 30 outstanding coaches in men's basketball under the age of 30.
Mangino is the only coach in the ASUN Conference to receive the honor and the first-ever in Liberty's history. Mangino is now just the second female ever to receive the honor by the NABC.
"Chelsea is an invaluable part of our program," head coach Ritchie McKay said. "Her contribution to our program may be invisible to some but in our family her impact is forever lasting."
Mangino has served in the role of Director of Basketball Operations for the Flames since 2016 and organizes travel, summer camps and all aspects of the program in order to run smoothly. With Liberty's first year in the ASUN, Mangino was in charge of handling flights, team meals and scheduling practices both in Lynchburg and on the road.
"God has blessed me with an incredible program to be a part of," Mangino said. "I have had so many mentors along the way and I am honored to be recognized."
Basketball runs in the Mangino family as Chelsea's father, Larry Mangino, is the Director of Scouting and Recruiting for the 2019 National Champion, Virginia. Chelsea's sister, Grace Mangino, also works at Liberty for the women's basketball program as an administrative assistant.
This is the second award Liberty's coaching staff has received since the Flames won the ASUN Championship and advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. During the Final Four, McKay was named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, presented to the Top Division I Head Coach.