After serving as an integral part of the Ontario High School soccer program for the last seven years, Vince Mangione has decided to take some time away.
But he’s thinks he’s leaving the program in good hands.
“I just needed to take some time for me,” he said. “They’ll still be successful. Nothing has to change.”
Mangione had served as head of the program with most of that time spent as the direct head of he varsity team. This season he had more direct dealings with a young junior varsity squad and left Michael McCarson and Moses Venegas deal directly with the varsity.
Mangione also enlisted the help of Harry Cruz this season.
The position has to officially be flown but Mangione expects those coaches to remain in their capacity.
He plans to still pitch in but it will be on an informal basis as time permits. He also teaches history at the school and will stay in that capacity.
The boys soccer program has become that school’s flagship program. Mangione helped lead the Jaguars to a CIF title in the 2012-2013 season.
His record as head varsity coach was 77-21-23 with an overall mark of 104-25-26. The Jaguars were 23-8 the year they won a championship.