University of Louisiana Monroe Head Baseball Coach Mike Federico has announced that Joel Mangrum is joining his staff as an assistant coach. Mangrum concluded his third year at New Mexico State University in Las Cruses, N.M., as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator in 2017.
“I'm really eager to bring Joel and his family to Monroe. Joel is an outstanding recruiter who works relentlessly and is passionate about bringing in top quality players that will make our team better on and off the field. He has been a part of a rebuilding process at New Mexico State and we are excited about him doing the same here,” Federico said. “Joel brings great regional ties for our recruiting base having played and coached in Mississippi and Tennessee.”
Mangrum helped guide the NMS Aggies to the best win improvement in the country during the 2016 season. After compiling a record of 11-38-1 in 2015, Mangrum and the Aggies finished 2016 with a record of 34-23. Among the 34 wins was an early March road upset of nationally ranked and eventual College World Series participant, Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.
In the offseason leading up to the 2016 campaign, Mangrum and the staff were recognized for having the 37th best recruiting class in the country, as rated by Baseball America. The recruiting class included a pair of 2016 MLB draft picks.
Mangrum, a native of Brandon, Miss., joined the NMS coaching staff after spending the five seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Austin Peay in Clarksville, Tenn. Mangrum played a part in the most successful era of Austin Peay baseball history, including a three-year dominance of the Ohio Valley Conference, three straight regional appearances, and two regional final appearances. During that time the Governors pitching staff ranked among the league's top four in ERA for three seasons, also ranking first or second in strikeouts each of those campaigns.
Prior to joining the Governors, Mangrum served as a part-time scout with the San Diego Padres, helping scout the state of Tennessee and assisting in coverage of the rookie-level Appalachian League alongside Ash Lawson, current special assistant to the general manager of the New York Mets.
Mangrum spent three seasons at Milligan College in Elizabethton, Tenn., from 2007-09, where he was the program's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. During his tenure with the Buffaloes, the pitching staff's earned-run average was ranked among the NAIA's top 20 nationally each season, led the nation in 2007, posting a 2.64 ERA and ranking fourth in 2009. Mangrum also worked with three all-conference pitchers and had a pitcher lead all of NAIA in earned run average in two of his three seasons.
Following graduation, Mangrum returned to Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss., to begin his coaching career. In his only season, he assisted with the instruction of outfielders, hitters and recruiting.
Mangrum graduated from Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and played two seasons for the Choctaw Program, where he was an all-conference honorable mention selection in 2005. Prior to that he was a pitcher and infielder at Hinds Community College where he was an All-Region 23 selection.
Mangrum graduated from Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, Miss., in 2001.
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