UMass Receives Major Gift From Manganaro Family For Football Performance Center
Sept. 20, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Department of Athletics is pleased to announce a major gift on behalf of the Manganaro Family in support of the football program and its new Football Performance Center which is on schedule to be completed in time for the 2014-15 academic year.
Brothers David and Paul Manganaro made the commitment on behalf of the family. In honor of their generosity, UMass will name the new coaches offices in the Football Performance Center as the Manganaro Family Football Office Suite.
"After receiving an outstanding education at UMass, it is now time for me to return the sincere and honest commitment given to me by the University and its fine football program," said Paul Manganaro who played for the Minutemen from 1982-86.
His brother David echoed those sentiments but also felt supporting the Commonwealth's flagship university was imperative from his role as a business leader in the state.
"The impact that the game of football has made on my family cannot be understated and as a Massachusetts business leader I strongly believe that supporting our flagship university and its football program is something that will benefit us all in so many ways," said David who is a Providence College graduate.
During his time with the Minutemen, Manganaro was a part of two Yankee Conference Championship teams (1982, 1986). He was an All-Yankee Conference linebacker as a junior in 1985 and served as team captain as a senior in 1986.
"To have our football alumni like Paul, his brother David, and the entire Manganaro family step in to make a commitment like this is wonderful," said Director of Athletics John McCutcheon. "Their generosity will help many future Minutemen reap the benefits that Paul received from the University. For him and his brother to pass that opportunity on to others is greatly appreciated and will make a great impact on our program."
UMass football head coach Charley Molnar sees the gift as another example of alumni helping to elevate the program in the new Football Bowl Subdivision era.
"I am pleased that Paul continues to be a leader for UMass Football long after his time on the field has ended. It will be an honor to walk into the Manganaro Family Football Office Suite while we are working on building a program that is nationally recognized for excellence on and off the field," said Molnar. "His generous gift demonstrates his gratitude for what this great institution has done for him and his philanthropy sets the bar for other Minutemen to follow. It's exciting to see another Made In Massachusetts success story like that of Paul and his gift will help provide the next generation of Minutemen the resources to succeed."
The UMass Football Performance Center is slated to be ready in time for the 2014 season and the return of several home games to McGuirk Stadium. The 55,000 square foot facility will serve as the new home of UMass football with office space, locker room facilities, meeting rooms, a new strength and conditioning space, and dedicated athletic training space. Additionally, construction is underway on the new Martin and Richard Jacobson Press & Skybox Complex.
Additional naming opportunities for UMass football projects remain. For more information or to become involved in the UMass Rising Campaign contact, Rocko DeLuca, Associate AD for Development at 413-545-0750, or visit www.TheMinutemenClub.com. Fans can also follow the construction of both projects online via a live camera at www.UMassAthletics.com.