Following up on some Dirt form way back on June 6th…
It’s now been made official, Mike Magpayo has been added to the San Francisco men’s basketball staff, rejoining the man who gave him his start in Division I coaching – head coach Kyle Smith.
“We are very fortunate to have Mike join us on the Hilltop,” noted Smith “He brings a range of experiences that will be beneficial and enhance our relationships with our student-athletes, administration and USF community. Mike will be active in all aspects of our program with a special focus on the day-to-day operations. In reality, Mike acts as the central nervous system for our program. He is a total team player who will do whatever it takes for us to reach our full potential.”
Most recently, Magpayo spent three seasons on the bench for the Campbell Camels, helping the squad to one of its best seasons in school history. In a three-year stint with the Camels, Magpayo served as defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator as well as managing a Moneyball-style statistical system employed by the team.
In 2016-17 Campbell enjoyed immense success on the court, including its first postseason appearance since 1992 and the first two postseason wins in program history after advancing to the CIT quarterfinals. Campbell’s defense dramatically improved under Magpayo’s newly implemented man-to-man system in his final year with the Camels, as the team improved their defensive field goal percentage from 292nd in the country to 169th overall, and rated 108th in three-point field goal percentage defense.
Prior to his time in Buies Creek, N.C., Magpayo helped Smith build the Columbia program to the pinnacle of its success while on the staff for four seasons. First, Magpayo served as the Lions’ Director of Operations for one season, creating and maintaining a state of the art recruiting database and building the infrastructure of Smith’s statistics-heavy program. He was then promoted to assistant coach where he served as recruiting coordinator and scheduler during the span where Columbia knocked off Villanova and nearly posted upsets of No. 1 teams from Michigan State and Kentucky.
Before getting his start in the DI coaching ranks at Columbia, Magpayo was CEO of a multi-million dollar real estate firm in Southern California for seven years. However, always passionate about coaching, Magpayo was bit by the coaching bug at an early age, helping is father coach his brother’s junior high teams. While pursuing his undergraduate degree in business economics from UC Santa Barbara, he continued coaching local youth and high school teams in Southern California including Laguna Blanca HS, Redondo Union HS, Newport Harbor HS and Aliso Niguel HS.
Magpayo, a native of Hacienda Heights, Calif., is also the founder and president of the Asian Coaches Association, which he helped form in 2012 while at Columbia after brainstorming the idea with Coach Smith. Since its inception, the Asian Coaches Association has grown to over 150 members in both men’s and women’s basketball. The association is dedicated to empowering and developing coaches of Asian descent at all levels.