Football Adds Two to Coaching Staff

Football Adds Two to Coaching Staff

The Pioneer football team will have two new coaches working full time in support of the program, Tim Jacobs and Phil Magbabnua. They will join Head Coach Chris Sulages and Assistant Coach Ian Falconer as full-time mebers of the Pioneer Athletics Staff. The full list of the 2008 football coaching staff, including part-time coaches, will be available on the Pioneer website in the near future.

Tim Jacobs, a Linfield grad who worked most recently at North Medford High has been named the new Defensive Coordinator. At North Medford, Jacobs spent two seasons as the Defensive Coordinator for the Black Tornado, with his defenses tying for the league lead in takeaways. He spent two years as a strength coach and assistant at NMHS prior to his promotion as defensive coordinator. He was the JV Coach at Crater High and a volunteer assistant at Phoenix High School, both of those programs located in Southern Oregon. He also served as an assistant football coach for his alma mater, Linfield, in the 2001 season. Jacobs was an All-Northwest Conference Defensive End for the Wildcats in his senior season (2000).  Jacobs also holds an Masters of Arts and Teaching in Health Education from Oregon State. Jacobs replaces Scott Pierce who resigned from his position as the Pioneers' defensive coordinator. Jacobs will also serve as an instructor in the Physical Education department for the College.

Phil Magbanua comes to the staff from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He joins the Lewis & Clark Athletics staff as a third full-time assistant football coach, a new position within the Department. Magbanua spent seven seasons with the UNLV program, most recently serving as Director of Player Personnel and as Assistant Recruiting Coordinator. Magbanua started his career with the Rebels as an assistant video coordinator and was a graduate assistant for two seasons on the offensive side of the football. A 2000 graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Magbanua and his wife Sandra have a son, Tanner. Magbanua will also serve as an assistant in sports information, serving as the primary contact for three sports during the winter and spring seasons.

"I am very excited about what Tim Jacobs and Phil Magbanua bring to our coaching staff," said Director of Athletics Clark Yeager. "We spent a lot of time on this search, trying to find talent and personality that best fit the current staff and would give us the best chance of meeting the goals that we are trying to achieve. I think we have some real talent in these two individuals and I look forward to seeing their impact over the coming seasons."

The Pioneer football season opens on Saturday, September 6 when the Pioneers head to the St. Louis area for their season-opener against Principia College. The players report to campus on August 16 for pre-season camp.