Magnante will be entering his fourth season with the Ports and 22nd with the Athletics' organization. In 2017, the Ports finished with a 71-69 overall record, winning the division in the second half and making an appearance in the post-season.
Prior to Stockton, Magnante served as the manager of Class-A Beloit in 2014 after spending eight seasons with the A's short-season teams in Vermont (2011-2013) and Vancouver (2006-2010). Magnante acted as a scout with the Athletics prior to his coaching career, from 1995-2005, and has been credited with signing both Barry Zito and Bobby Crosby to the A's organization.
Magnante served as the manager of the South African National Team during the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics and managed the team during the 2013 qualifying tournament. The University of California, Santa Barbara alumnus was drafted in the 13th round of the 1969 draft by the Cleveland Indians and spent one year in the minor leagues with their Class-A affiliate.