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Alex Mangan

School

DePaul University

Position
Forward
Major
Organizational Communications
G
6
A
2
PTS
14

Classroom

Alex Mangan graduated Cum Laude in communications in 2009. Now Mangan maintains a 3.85 GPA as a graduate student in organizational communications. He’s a four-time honoree on the All-Big East Academic team, a three-year member of the DePaul Academic Integrity Board and he’s been named to the first-team NSCAA All-Scholar Region. Outside of soccer, Mangan has worked an advertising internship with Mauge, Inc., and a marketing internship with Cityoply, Inc.

Character

Just staying on the field has been a struggle for Mangan, who’s entering his sixth season in college. He’s dealt with three serious injuries in his time at DePaul, missing the entire 2005 season and all but one half of the 2008 season. However, these hardships have helped carve Mangan’s character and contributed to his selection as one of four DePaul student-athletes to receive the 2010 Rev. Edward F. Riley, C.M. Memorial Award for excellence in leadership, character and academics. “A lot of my maturity comes from all the adversity I have gone through,” Mangan said. “I would not be the person I am today if I had not gone through the things I did. Being on the sidelines gives you a different perspective. I grew not only as a soccer player, but as a man. It was an invaluable experience for me.” This summer Mangan led a conditioning group responsible for soccer players maintaining high fitness level in order to pass team fitness tests.

Community

Since arriving at DePaul, Mangan has cooked for the homeless and provided shelter at a local church, made sack lunches for the indigent and homeless in Chicago, worked at a soccer camp for special-needs children and put on a soccer clinic for neighborhood elementary schoolchildren. Prior to college, Mangan went on missions to Appalachia, Tenn., where he helped build a church, and Reynosa, Mexico, where he worked at a day camp for kids and also helped build a church.

Competition

Mangan ranked third in the Big East in goals scored as a junior, and he’s led DePaul in goals scored as a freshman, sophomore and junior. He’s tied for 11th all-time at DePaul in points scored.