ASSISTANT COACH, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Marc Mangiacotti enters his ninth season as an assistant coach with the Crimson in 2020-21. He oversees the men’s sprinters and hurdles for Harvard University.
The 2019-20 season was filled with success for Mangiacotti and his athletes. Jovahn Williamson broke his own record in the 400m, while also winning another Ivy League Heps title in the 400m. Mangiacotti led the team to a Ivy League Heps title in the 4×400 (3:13.85), moving the group into sixth in the Harvard record books. First-year Sam Bennett worked his way into third in the record books, as Mangiacotti helped Bennett set a career best 7.98. Mangiacotti’s group contributed 64 of the team’s record setting 116 at Indoor Heps.
The 2018-19 season brought more success for athletes under Mangiacotti’s tutelage. He had multiple All-Ivy League performers, including sophomore Jovahn Williamson capturing the 400m crown during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Williamson bested teammate Rodney Agyare-May’s Harvard record set just one day earlier in the 400m dash, running 46.73 seconds at the Ivy League Outdoor Heps Championships. Both Williamson and Agyare-May were two-time All-Ivy performers in the indoor and outdoor seasons. Mangiacotti also helped the Crimson men’s 4x400m squad to win both indoor and outdoor Heps, composed of Kahlil Wassell, Williamson, Agyare-May, and senior Miles Marshall.
In 2018, several records fell in Mangiacotti’s group. Freshman Jovahn Williamson won the 400m at Outdoor Heps with a school-record 47.03 mark. Harvard’s 4x400m relay won Outdoor Heps with a meet record 3:09.52 winning time. Earlier in the season the relay team – Rodney Agyare-May, Myles Marshall, Jovahn Williamson, and Matt Hurst – set a new school record at the Texas Relays (3:08.57).
Under Mangiacotti’s guidance in 2017, Harvard’s Jay Hebert (110m hurdles) and Efe Uwaifo (triple jump) qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Meet, with Uwaifo earning All-America honors after qualifying for the national meet. Uwaifo was named Ivy Outdoor Heps Field Athlete of the Year, winning the long jump and triple jump at the meet, with personal records in both, and scoring 20 points for Harvard.
The 2016 season saw the continued emergence of triple jumper Efe Uwaifo, who competed at the NCAA East Regional and British Championships. Uwaifo tallied the top jump in program history during the indoor season, becoming the first Crimson student-athlete to surpass 52 feet. Additionally, 2016 saw top-10 performances in program history from Max Mondelli in the outdoor 200 meters and Jay Hebert in the 60- and 100-meter hurdles.
The men’s sprints and hurdles were a bright spot for Harvard in 2015. In the indoor season, Jarvis Harris ran a program-record time in the 60 meter hurdles, while freshman Malcolm Johnson adapted quickly to collegiate competition under Mangiacotti, registering the second-fastest Harvard time ever in the 60m and 200m dashes. Harris went on to qualify for the NCAA East Prelim in the 100m and 400m hurdles.
Mangiacotti helped with the success of the 2013-14 squad, as the men scored the most points at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships since 1983.
In his first season with the Crimson, Mangiacotti saw the men’s sprinters/hurdles record five indoor marks and three outdoor marks that rank within the school’s all-time top 10. He also mentored Jarvis Harris ’15, who broke the Harvard record for the 60 meter hurdles and the 110 meter hurdles in the same season. Mangiacotti also helped two student-athletes garner All-Ivy League honors in 2012-13.
Mangiacotti came to Harvard after a two-year tenure at Brown University. During his time in Providence, R.I., he made a big impact on the Bears’ sprinters, coaching five Ivy League champions that combined for nine league titles. He also coached 15 athletes that earned All-Ivy League credentials and saw his group break four school records.
Mangiacotti graduated from Bridgewater State in 1998 with a dual bachelor’s degree in elementary and physical education. He was also a standout student-athlete on the cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field teams, earning All-New England honors in track & field his senior year.