Magnolia High has hired Vince Lobendahn, who recently led John Glenn for six seasons, as its football coach, Sentinels principal Karen Dabney-Lieras announced.
Lobendahn is the father of former La Habra standout offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn, who went on to play at USC and graduate assistant coaching with the Trojans.
Lobendahn coached John Glenn from 2014-19, leading the Eagles to a 6-5 record and the 605 League title in his final season. The undefeated, league championship was the school’s first since 1989 and marked considerable improvement after years of struggling in the Suburban League.
John Glenn also qualified for the playoffs in 2018.
Lobendahn said it was during his tenure with John Glenn that he noticed Magnolia’s potential, which attracted him to the job opening.
John Glenn opened against Magnolia from 2014-17 and would later open against Savanna, also from the Orange League, in 2018 and 2019. John Glenn also played Western, now the Orange League juggernaut, in 2019-2019.
“I believe in strong supportive families and think it’s very important that the school administration is strongly supportive of students and sports programs,” Lobendahn said in a message to the program. “We plan on teaching good, strong fundamentals and team work. We believe strength training and coaching on-field skills must be a part of those fundamentals so expect your student-athletes to be tired and hungry.”
Lobendahn, a teacher at John Glenn, will be a walk-on coach at Magnolia. He hopes Sentinels open summer practice July 1.
His son Donne will serve as Magnolia’s offensive line coach. He also coaches at Fullerton College. Toa, will also be connected to the program, his father said.
Lobendahn’s resume also includes coaching at Lakewood from 2011-12, compiling a 15-7 mark.
This past spring, Magnolia finished 2-3 in the Orange League in the coronavirus shortened and delayed season under coach Bill McFeggan, who also lead the Sentinels’ baseball program.
McFeggan took the reins of the football program after the departure of Thavis Miller in late October. Miller resigned before he coached the Sentinels because he moved with his family after his wife, Brittany, landed an assistant coaching position with Texas Tech softball.
Magnolia had found coaching stability in Desmond Hernandez but he resigned in August after three seasons. He now serves as an assistant coach at Portola.
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