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Richard Worsell
Associate Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator

Rich Worsell is his sixth season at the University of La Verne, serving as Offensive Coordinator for the Leopards.

During his time at La Verne, Worsell has turned the Leopards into a national offensive juggernaut and has been instrumental in a turnaround that culminated in a 2015 SCIAC Football Championship and the Leopards' first appearance in the NCAA Football Championship since 1994.

The 2015 Leopards went 7-0 in SCIAC play while boasting one of the best offenses in the nation. The Leopards were 45th in the nation in total offense (444.1), 41st in scoring offense (37.0) and 18th in rushing offense (256.4). La Verne also committed the 17th fewest turnovers in the country.

La Verne also led the SCIAC in 11 offensive statistical categories in 2015.

Worsell mentored arguably the best runnning back and the best wide receiver in La Verne history. In 2015, running back Travis Sparks-Jackson was tabbed Second Team All-American after running for 1,591 yards and 19 touchdowns. Sparks-Jackson also became La Verne's all-time leading rusher (3,046 yards). In 2014, wide receiver Jon Lilly posted one of the best single-season by a receiver in La Verne history. Lilly finished the season with 1,050 yards and 13 touchdowns on 50 receptions in just eight games and moved up to No. 2 all-time in career reception yards (1,855). 

Prior to his arrival, Worsell spent two seasons as Offensive Coordinator at Illinois College.  During his first season at Illinois College, the Blueboy squad set 14 school records and five Midwest Conference Records.

He previously spent three seasons as the pass game coordinator at Millikin University. During the three years he produced three different All Conference receivers.  Prior to coaching at Millikin, Worsell spent two years at Lakeland College in Wisconsin. During this time Lakeland won a share of the IBFC Championship and was ranked #8 nationally in Scoring Offense (2003) scoring 40.1 points per game.

Born and raised in England, Worsell is a 2003 graduate of Aberystwyth University during which time he served as the Head Coach for three years, in addition to serving as the Great Britain Bulldogs Offensive Line coach. In 2003 he was the Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the Sussex Thunder.

Worsell holds a Master of Business Administration from Lakeland College.

Jeff Magdaleno
Quarterbacks / Director of Public Relations & Player Development

La Verne football alumnus Jeff Magdaleno '06, '12 is in his sixth season on the coaching staff at his alma mater in 2015.

Magdaleno is now serving as the quarterbacks coach, Director of Public Relations and Player Development for football, and the athletic department's equipment manager. He also served as the defensive coordinator from 2013-14.

Having come on board the same year as head coach Chris Krich, Magdaleno has been instrumental in a turnaround that culminated in a 2015 SCIAC Football Championship and the Leopards' first appearance in the NCAA Football Championship since 1994.

Magdaleno coached quarterback William Livingston to All-SCIAC status in 2015 as he finished the season with 1,727 passing yards and 12 touchdowns. Livingston also flashed the ability to make plays with his feet, running for 102 yards and two touchdowns against Chapman. He added four touchdowns on the ground.

In his two seasons as defensive coordinator, the Leopards placed a total of five players to All-SCIAC Teams.

He brings 10 years of coaching experience at both high school and collegiate levels. Prior to his promotion, Magdaleno served as the wide receivers coach/assistant recruiting coordinator (2011), offensive line/special teams coach (2012).

Magdaleno returned to his almamater after a three-year stint at Villa Park High School for three seasons (2008-10), where he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. Prior to that, he served a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Cerritos High in 2007.

A four-year starter and two-year captain for the Leopards, Magdaleno was a two-time All-SCIAC selection at safety (2003, 2005) while also garnering SCIAC All-Academic honors.

In 2006, Magdaleno played one season in Europe as a member of the Avedore Monarchs in Denmark.

He earned his bachelors in Business Administration from La Verne in 2006 and earned his master's from La Verne's Leadership and Management Program in 2012.

Magdaleno resides in Huntington Beach with wife Caitlin and their daughter Presley, and son Braxton.