CHARLOTTE – At a downtown hotel right here not long ago, there was a purpose having put to recognize a segment of the NASCAR racing sector which attracted recognizable stock motor vehicle personalities this sort of as Joe Gibbs, a soccer mentor turned automobile owner, and Darrell Waltrip, a former driver.
There ended up a range of autograph collectors who fulfilled up with them, with pen and paper when a tall, smiling businessman casually walked previous their corner of the foyer with out any fuss being designed in excess of his presence.
Whilst John Mangan wouldn’t draw the focus of NASCAR enthusiasts, he has a resume to switch heads, particularly all those who know the background of University of Georgia tennis beneath Dan Magill and who are common with a doting alumnus who can’t do sufficient for his alma mater.
Mangan’s story is one particular that champions “love of alma mater” to the maximum level. He was an not likely candidate for enrollment 848 miles south of his residence in Rye, N. Y., which is just 30 miles north of Manhattan, apart from for the fact that Magill’s daughter influenced him to think about matriculating in Athens.
The mentor despatched the prospect a plane ticket which introduced Mangan to a new and vivid portion of the state and a person who was a colourful character with a deep and abiding really like of his preferred institution. Dan Magill could not do plenty of for the University of Georgia and influenced his legion of tennis players to underscore loyalty to UGA when their taking part in times ended up about.
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Magill despatched a coed with smashing very good appears to be to choose Mangan up at the airport. It would be a day of unforgettable encounters for the potential pupil-athlete. His pretty driver had guidance to fall him off at Increase Prescription drugs, the drug retailer in the 5 Details area of town with an iconic lunch counter.
The coach, shall we say, was not a fashionable dresser. He was mostly a sweatshirt/sweatpants aficionado. Or he may well greet a visitor in crimson trousers, pink shirt and blue sport coat or any blend that did not replicate gold, yellow or orange. Mangan observed him donning a mix of the latter.
Without the need of speaking about the menu with his future participant, Magill purchased two pimento cheese sandwiches and two Cokes. Mangan did not know what a pimento cheese sandwich was. The mentor disposed of the prospect’s puzzlement about his lunch by saying, “Son you are gonna get made use of to it.”
The afternoon was shortly elevated with enjoyment. Mangan sat by the guy who would turn out to be his mentor about all matters Ga and viewed the Bulldogs defeat South Carolina and Duke on a sunlight splashed afternoon.
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The excitement of an adoring student entire body, the setting and the vibrant coach prompted Mangan to grow to be smitten to the extent that when he returned household, he instructed his mom and dad that he would be walking on to engage in tennis at Ga, which intended he would be providing up offers to engage in with scholarship aid elsewhere.
Remaining the oldest of 6 youngsters, Mangan’s determination was not great information for his parents, but after they journeyed to Athens, toured the campus and satisfied the dynamic mentor, they became smitten, much too.
“The decision to walk on at Georgia, turned out to be the most effective selection I at any time designed,” Mangan states. He was given scholarship support his next year and quickly enjoyed the rewards of a “full journey.”
Today, he continues an exalted organization job in cash administration and the securities market where by he has been ultra-thriving for more than three a long time, usually allocating time for the College of Georgia.
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He serves on the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees and is Chairman of the Financial commitment Committee which has knowledgeable report development throughout his time as chair. A distinguished alumnus of the Terry College of Business enterprise, the substantial occasions in his lifetime arrive about when he reveals up in Athens for a Bulldog tennis match in the spring or a fall soccer sport amongst the hedges. “I get psyched,” he says, “anytime I walk the campus.”
Charlotte, he points out, attracts much more UGA graduates than any place outside the state of Ga and notes that with the excellent patronage by Bulldog enthusiasts, the Ga-Clemson sport past Labor Working day weekend “was the largest economic function from a athletics standpoint in the city of Charlotte’s historical past.”
John Mangan’s Bulldog pride and his enjoy of alma mater are excellent which ought to occur as no surprise. He was and is the beneficiary of the affect of the “Magillian doctrine,” which for several Bulldog partisans, is heart-warming and especial.