Update on Columbia Football

There will be an update on Columbia Football on gocolumbialions.com released every Tuesday evening in 2013.  The features will include updates on the team's off-season workouts, dates to remember and other team information that will keep you in the know about the Columbia Football program!

Recruiting Trails

Coach Mangurian has collected significant frequent flyer miles, visiting four states in four days.  Beginning Sunday morning, Coach travelled to Illinois, Texas, Arizona and California. He returns to New York on Thursday for some local recruiting in the tri-state area before the start of our recruiting weekend, which begins Friday, January 18.  Our recruiting weekends are packed from start to finish, and we are lucky to have so many members of the Columbia community (or Coach Mangurian's Morningside Pride) involved.  We have two weeks to finish building this year's class. We're excited and ready.

Hitting the Weights           

The Columbia Football team begins training in our new Strength and Conditioning Center at The Campbell Sports Center the week of January 28. 

Our Director of Strength and Conditioning for Football and Outdoor Sports, Ryan Cidzik, joined the Columbia staff in July of 2012.  You can check out his bio HERE.

We caught up with Coach Cidzik to chat with him about his off-season lifting program.  This is what he had to say about his philosophy:

"Our goals for the 2013 off-season Strength & Conditioning Program will, as always, remain consistent with the goals set forth by Coach Mangurian. Regardless of the time of year, one of these primary goals is to communicate and reinforce his vision of success with our student-athletes.

Starting next week, our athletes will know that every training session will be approached with a destiny in mind.  Sure, much like most college programs across America, there are physical goals that need to be accomplished during the off-season. We need to get bigger, stronger, faster and more explosive.  However, we also need to reach the point where every part of our process to be successful is automatic.  Our vision needs to be automatic, our confidence needs to be automatic, and our discipline needs to be automatic. Our structure, energy and passion, down to our eating and sleeping habits, all need to be second nature. Our high expectations and most importantly, trusting the process to be successful needs to become automatic. 

So before any physical parameters are looked at, our team success is highly dependent on how many of those above objectives are embedded inside us.  When we as a team are faced with a challenge, be it in the weight room, on test day or on the competition field on Saturdays, those things will be embedded so deeply that we won't know what else to do - except be successful."

Check back for more updates on the off-season lifting program!

Save the Dates

In less than one month, Columbia Football will celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of Marcellus Wiley '97CC at the Ivy Football Association (IFA) Dinner on Thursday, February 7. This year's dinner will be held for the first time at the Marriot Marquis hotel in Times Square. You can get more information at  www.ivyfootballassociation.org.

The IFA dinner is just one of many exciting upcoming events on the Columbia Football calendar this spring. Save the Date for the following events:

February 7, 2013               Ivy Football Association Dinner  

Thursday, 5:30pm             New York Marriott Marquis


February 16, 2013             Columbia Football Team Dinner

Saturday, 5:00pm             Low Library


March 7, 2013                   Columbia Football Gold Dinner

Thursday, 7:00pm                     


May 4, 2013                      Final Spring Ball Practice

Saturday                          Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium


May 6, 2013                      Columbia Football Golf Outing

Monday                            Hackensack Country Club, Hackensack, NJ