After one season in the NFL as an offensive assistant with the Carolina Panthers in 2020, DJ Mangas returned to LSU last January as the passing game coordinator for the Tigers.
Mangas first joined LSU in 2019, coming to the coaching staff as an offensive analyst after two years as the offensive coordinator at William & Mary.
In his original stint with the Tigers, Mangas worked with former offensive coordinator Joe Brady as LSU put together the most prolific offense in SEC history, averaging 48.4 points and 568.4 total yards per game in 2019. That year, LSU won the national championship, scoring 50 or more points seven times and winning all but two games by double-digits.
That 2019 LSU squad also featured Heisman Trophy quarterback Joe Burrow and Biletnikoff Award winner Ja’Marr Chase. LSU’s 2019 squad also became the first in the history of the NFL Draft to have its starting quarterback, running back (Clyde Edwards-Helaire), and wide receiver (Justin Jefferson) all pick in the first round of the draft. The following year, Chase was picked No. 5 overall by the Bengals.
Following the 2019 season, Mangas followed Brady to the Carolina Panthers, where he served as offensive assistant in 2020. Mangas worked alongside both Brady and new LSU offensive coordinator Jake Peetz, who was the quarterbacks coach for the Panthers, in Carolina.
In 2020, Mangas was part of a Carolina offensive coaching staff that produced four players with over 1,000 scrimmage yards in a season as the Panthers become only the fifth team in the Super Bowl era to accomplish such a feat.
Mangas served five years on the William & Mary coaching staff from 2014-18. He coached running backs for three seasons and then was elevated to offensive coordinator for his final two years with the Tribe. At the time of his promotion in 2017, Mangas was the second-youngest offensive coordinator in Division I football.
Mangas, a former wide receiver for the Tribe, had four players earn all-conference honors during his first year as offensive coordinator. Two of his former players – offensive linemen Chris Durant and Connor Hilland – signed free agent NFL contracts.
Under Mangas’ direction as a running backs coach for William & Mary, both Mikal Abdul-Saboor (3,108) and Kendell Anderson (3,082) etched their names in the Tribe’s record books and finished their illustrious careers as two of the most productive running backs in school history, ranking fourth and fifth, respectively, on the program’s all-time rushing list.
The duo was especially prolific during the 2014 season in which it helped W&M average 195.2 rushing yards per game and total 27 rushing touchdowns. Anderson accounted for much of that production was honored as a STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Finalist after recording 1,418 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns – figures that both rank second on W&M’s single-season lists.
Mangas, a 2012 graduate of William & Mary, returned to his alma mater in 2014 after a pair of one-year stints at Georgetown and Hampden-Sydney College. As the running backs coach with the Hoyas in 2013, he helped the squad’s starting running back finish among the program’s single-season top-10 list in every major statistical category.
Prior to joining Georgetown’s staff, Mangas spent a season as the quarterbacks coach at Hampden-Sydney where the Tigers’ starting signal caller was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection after leading the league in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense per game.
Mangas began his coaching career at W&M as a student assistant immediately following his playing career, as he worked with the Tribe’s running backs and quarterbacks in addition to assisting with the management of winter workouts and spring practice and development of daily spring practice plan materials.
A four-year letterwinner at W&M, Mangas led the Tribe in receptions (45), receiving yards (591) and touchdown catches (5) during his senior season in 2011. Additionally, he earned the team’s 2011 Inspirational Award, which is given to the player who exemplifies great leadership.
The DJ Mangas File
Year at LSU: Second
Birthdate: February 22, 1989
Hometown: Chantilly, Virginia
High School: Paul IV High School
College: William & Mary, 2012
DJ Mangas Playing Experience
2007-11 William & Mary (wide receiver)
DJ Mangas Coaching History
2012 Hampton-Sydney College (quarterbacks)
2013 Georgetown University (running backs)
2014-18 William & Mary (running backs, 2014-16; offensive coordinator, 2017-18)
2019 LSU (offensive analyst)
2020 Carolina Panthers (offensive assistant)
2021 LSU (passing game coordinator)
As a Coach
Season Bowl Team Opponent Results
2019 CFP Semifinals LSU Oklahoma W, 63-14
2019 CFP National Champ. LSU Clemson W, 42-25