Phil Magbanua
Phil Magbanua
Title: Assistant Head Coach- Offensive Coordinator
Phone: 503-768-7038
Previous College: UC Santa Barbara
Years Active: 2008-14
Phil Magbanua joined the L&C football coaching staff in July of 2008 as the defensive backs coach, moved to the wide receivers coaching and special teams coordinator position in 2009, and has served as the offensive coordinator for the program since 2010. Through his final season with the Pioneers in 2014, Magbanua helped develop record-setting and explosive offenses in each of his seasons as an offensive coordinator at L&C. 

Magbanua helped quarterback Keith Welch become the No. 1 player in total career yards in the history of the Northwest Conference; No. 2 in the state of Oregon for all levels, only behind Neil Lomax. Welch also holds the school record for career passing yards and career TD passes.  In 2013, the offense also touted the No. 1 receiver in the nation in Andrew Frisina averaging 10 receptions per game.

2011 was another record-breaking year for the Pioneer offense with the No. 1 total offense in the Northwest Conference No. 16 in the nation, helping guide the team to the best season since 1991. Starting the season at 7-0 in 2011 was a feat last accomplished by Lewis & Clark in 1963. Sophomore quarterback Keith Welch (NWC Offensive Player of the Year) broke the 23-year-old record for consecutive passing attempts without an interception with 165.  Senior Shawn Evans (First-Team All-NWC) ended the season as the #2 tight end in the nation in receptions per game earning him First-Team All-Region and a First-Team All-American award. Evans finished his career as the No. 1 receiving tight end in the history of Lewis & Clark, No. 2 overall.

In Magbanua’s first year as offensive coordinator, the Pioneers ranked 16th in the nation in rushing yar , and broke two single-game school records in Yards Rushing (549 vs Pomona Pitzer) and Points Scored (68 vs UPS).  Magbanua tutored the number one and five rushers in the conference in Joevontae Mayes (Second-Team All-NWC) and freshman Keith Welch (First-Team All-NWC) who was the number one rushing quarterback in the nation and 10th in the nation in points responsible for. 

Magbanua joined the program from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2002-08) where he was the offensive graduate assistant, working with running backs the first year and tight ends the second. During his time with the Rebels, he also had roles as the Assistant Video Coordinator and most recently Director of Player Personnel and Assistant Recruiting Coordinator, and took the role of Interim Running Back coach in Spring 2008. 

While at UNLV, Magbanua coached eight players that have gone on to sign in at the professional level, including running back Frank Summers who was drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round in the 2009 draft.  Tight End Greg Estandia signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent, as well as receivers Ryan Wolfe (Atlanta Falcons), Rodelin Anthony (Baltimore Ravens), and Casey Flair (Las Vegas Locomotives – UFL), running backs Larry Croom (Arizona Cardinals) and Dominique Dorsey (Saskatchewan Roughriders – CFL), and punter Gary Cook (Oakland Raiders).

In 2001, Magbanua served as an offensive assistant and video coordinator for Cal State Northridge where he coached DJ Hackett who was drafted in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks.

Magbanua began his career as a running back coach at Santa Barbara City College, where he played while attending UC Santa Barbara.  He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in coaching.