A three sport all state athlete(Football, Basketball, Baseball) at Wallington HS, Paul was drafted in the 5th round by the Detroit Tigers in the 1991 draft. He finished his high school career with a 38-8 pitching record which is the most wins in New Jersey history. He also finished with a career .375 batting average over 4 years, including hitting .435 with 5 HRs and 33 RBI as a senior.
Magrini went on to play 3 ½ years in the Tigers chain , before an arm injury and Tommy John surgery sidelined his career a year and a half. He rehabbed and cameback to have a successful minor league career in 5 years of independent stops in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Souix Falls , South Dakota, Johnstown, Pennslyvania, and finally with the New Jersey Jackals. He finished with a 38-28 record with a career 3.74 ERA in 9 minor league seasons. He won 2 championships, in 1993 with the Niagara Falls Rapids (Detroit, NY-Penn league), and 1998 with the New Jersey Jackals(Northeast, independent). Magrini was 3-0 in playoff games for the Jackals in a 2 year span and won 18 games. He is a member of the Jackals 5 year Anniversary Team picked in 2002.
Paul’s coaching career began in 1998 as an assistant at Passaic Valley HS where they won the Passaic County Championship that year.
He moved on to the college ranks in the fall of 1999 to become the pitching coach at Division 1 Pace University for 2 years where he helped resurrect the program into the successful one it is today.
From there he took his first head coaching job at Montclair HS where they handn’t had a winning season in 10 years. Magrini got them there in his 3rd year with a 14-13 record. Four of his former players went on to play college baseball. Three at the Division 1 level, including Marlon Calbi who went on to be a 4 year starter at Villanova.
From there Magrini joined the staff at perennial power Nutley HS as an assistant for 3 years where they won 48 games and a conference title during that time. 3 players moved on to play college baseball, including Guiseppe Pappacio who got drafted by the Chicago Cubs out of Seton Hall University.
He then went on to become the pitching coach at Division 1 Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck from the 2008-2009.
In 2015 Magrini joined Paramus Catholic HS as Assistant Head Coach. PC has had back to back 15 win seasons and beat state power St. Joe's Montvale twice, which they have never beaten. In 2016 the Paladins beat Don Bosco and made it to the final 8 of the Bergen County Tournament with 2 wins. They also made it to the quarterfinals of the Parochial A State Tournament where they lost to eventual State Champ Seton Hall Prep. The 30 wins in the most for PC in the last 20 years! He looks to guide them to being a perennial power in North Jersey.
Magrini has been a professional instructor since 1997, running Paul Magrini Baseball, LLC. He has trained many top players in North Jersey. He has managed travel club teams the Field 1 Blue Sox(2005-07), the South Bergen Mets(2008-10), and from 2011- present New Jersey Yankees for the 18u-14u levels playing in national tournaments across the country. Coach Magrini has coached, mentored, and provided recruiting advisement to hundreds of student athletes who have received scholarships to Division 1,2,3 and Junior Colleges across the country including Rutgers,Vanderbilt, Stanford, Louisville, Arizona St., Lehigh, Delaware, Villanova, University of Tampa, and the College of Charleston. 7 of his former players that he trained or coached were drafted at the professional level including 2 that have made it to the Big Leagues!