Paul Mangili, who was the owner, president, and head coach of the Attleboro Bluefish Swim Club in Massachussetts for 12 years, passed away on Wednesday. He was 48 years old.
Mangili, who eventually moved on to a career in software consulting, owned the famous New England club from 1993-2005 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. The broader Bluefish club that has produced famed female swimmers including Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel and NCAA Champion Laura Sogar in recent years.
University of Pittsburgh head coach Chuck Knoles, who coached Mangili at Arizona State as an assistant, said that even on a team that included Olympic bronze medalist Andy Jameson, “Paul was the spiritual captain of the Arizona State men’s team.”
“He was one of the most lovable athletes I have ever coached and always had a nice smile and a kind word for everyone he met,” Knoles said of his former swimmer.
As an athlete, Magnini left a mark on New England swimming that still rings today, more than forty years later. At the end of January, Bluefish swimmer Max Miranda broke the Bishop Henrdicken High School record in the 200 IM, a record that Mangili had previously held from 1983.
Mangili is a member of the Rhode Island Aquatics Hall of Fame.