Mike Mongin fondly remembered
Former Fonda-Fultonville coach, administrator died last week
Jim Schiltz | March 6, 2018
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Long before Mike Mongin’s push for classification football in Section II, he was pointing Perth’s new program in the right direction and winning championships at Fonda-Fultonville.
He was a man who got things done in the gridiron game, yet also as a high school administrator and as a community activist.
“He was uncanny as a leader,” said Alex Mancini, who quarterbacked three of Mongin’s league title-winning football teams in the early 1970s. “He had an aura when he walked into a room. He could get the best out of people.”
Mongin died Friday in Daytona Beach, Fla., at the age of 74, leaving behind his wife of 49 years, Elaine; daughter Samantha and her fiance Tom Neri; son Michael and his wife Jodi; four grandchildren and a lengthy list of do-good deeds. There were some few knew of.
“The guy was involved in a million things,” Mancini said. “What’s not in the obit is some of the other things he did. He’d visit people in the hospital. Some guy no one knew about. He made all sorts of donations. He was generous almost to a fault. He never blew his own horn.”
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Mongin served as Fonda-Fultonville’s athletic director from 1971-78 and served as its high school principal from 1979 until his retirement in 2002. From 1997-2000 he was a member of the Johnstown Board of Education.
“He was one of those driving forces in the section,” Mancini said of the Johnstown High School and Manhattan College graduate, who served on the local and state high school executive committees. “When we had the retirement dinner for him people were asked to use one word to describe him, and someone said, ‘Unyielding.’ He would stand up for what he thought was right. He would argue that point until the cows come home.”
Mongin was among the first class to be inducted into the Fonda-Fultonville Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. The “Legends Class” also included Mancini, Higgins, John West, Dave Petersen, Bill Bowler and John Boshart.
“There has to be 1,000 great memories and laughs along the way,” Mancini said. “Too many to recount. You could almost write a book. He was quite a guy who was greatly involved in Section II athletics.”
Mongin was a charter member of the Republican National Committee. He served on the Fulton County Board of Supervisors (1974-1980) and was Chairman of the Board in 1976. He was Republican City Chairman for two years and was appointed to a nine-year term as Trustee of Fulton Montgomery Community College. He served as Chairman of the College Board in 1986. He was a director on the Johnstown Hospital and Johnstown Hospital Foundation boards. He was the Fulton County OTB director for 10 years (1998-2008). He also served on the Gloversville YMCA board of directors and the Middle States visiting committee, andlent a hand to the Knights of Columbus, Eagles, Moose, Sons of the American Legion and Sons of the AM Vets.
“Some might say he was larger than life,” said Higgins, who was Fonda-Fultonville’s high school principal before Mongin assumed the position. “He had that booming voice. He had his serious side, but there were a lot of laughs. He was an all-around good guy. You couldn’t help but like him.”
Born in Niagara Falls and raised in New York City, Mongin attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School before his familly moved to Johnstown. Following his graduation from Manhattan, he began his 37-year career in education at Perth where he taught science and health before becoming its athletic director and head football coach.
Higgins said plans are in the works for a memorial tribute.
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Mongin, Mike [MC???? RIP]
Guestbook: None cited
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I believe that Mike is a member of the Class of 1965.
May He Rest In Peace.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Mongin, Mike [MC1965 RIP]
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.
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