Kevin Kelly Announces Hiring of Cheston Blackshear and DJ Mangas to Coaching Staff
April 2, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Football Coach Kevin Kelly has announced the additions of two new offensive coaches to his staff for the 2013 season. Cheston Blackshear will coach the Hoyas' tight ends, while DJ Mangas will coach the team's running backs under offensive coordinator Vinny Marino.
"Cheston is someone who brings Division I and Ivy League experience and has worked with Coach Marino in the past, so we are very excited to have him join the staff and working with our student-athletes," Kelly said. "DJ is a very good young coach and a rising star in the profession after being a very good player at William & Mary."
At Georgetown, Blackshear will work with the team's tight ends. He comes to the Hilltop, after spending 2012 as a guest coach with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League and as an intern with the Cleveland Browns.
Blackshear spent three seasons at the University of New Mexico, where he coached the Lobos' offensive tackles and tight ends for his first two seasons, before concentrating exclusively on tight ends in 2011. He also took on the role of Recruiting Coordinator. At New Mexico, Blackshear coached tight end Lucas Reed, who was an All-America and John Mackey Award candidate in 2011.
Prior to New Mexico, Blackshear spent three seasons at Columbia University, where he coached tight ends during his first season and then his following two seasons coaching the offensive line under current Georgetown offensive coordinator Vinny Marino. Blackshear entered coaching after an outstanding playing career at the University of Florida. He was a four-year letterwinner (1996-99) with 28 career starts at offensive guard. In 1999, Blackshear was second team All-Southeastern Conference and was awarded the Fergie Ferguson Award as the senior with the most leadership, character and courage.
Born in Oklahoma City, Okla., Blackshear grew up in Jacksonville, Fla, wher he was an All-State and Super Prep All-American at Ed White High School, becoming the first offensive lineman ever awarded Player of the Year honors by the Florida Times-Union. Blackshear received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Florida in 2000, and has credits toward a master's degree in educational policy studies.
Mangas will work with the team's running backs and with the Hoyas special teams units.
Mangas spent last season as an assistant coach with Division III Hampden-Sydney College, where he coached quarterbacks under Head Coach Marty Favret. Mangas helped guide HSC quarterback Nash Nance to First Team All-Conference honors in 2012, after he led the conference and finished among the nation's leaders in passing yards (2,652) and touchdown passes (24). Nance also led the league in total offense per game (280) under Mangas' guidance. At Hampden-Sydney, he also assisted with game plan development and video-tape analysis.
Prior to his time at Hampden-Sydney, Mangas spent the winter at his alma mater, as a volunteer coach at The College of William & Mary. While there, he worked with the team's running backs and quarterbacks. Mangas was a four-year letterwinner at William & Mary between 2007-2011, playing wide receiver and quarterback for Head Coach Jimmye Laycock. During his senior season, he led the Tribe in receiving with 45 receptions, 591 yards and five touchdowns. As a junior, Mangas helped W&M to a Colonial Athletic Association championship and a trip to the NCAA Division I FCS Championship Tournament. Though recruited out of Paul VI HS in Chantilly, Va., as a quarterback, Mangas finished his career at W&M 73 receptions for 824 yards.
Mangas, a Chantilly, Va. native, graduated from William & Mary with his Bachelor of Science in kinesiology in 2012.
Georgetown: Football names Cheston Blackshear tight ends coach; DJ Mangas running backs coach.