Monroe named coach of the year
Thursday, May 29, 2014 4:26 PM
Ossian native Darin Monroe has found success on the softball diamond.
Monroe, a graduate of South Winneshiek High School and Luther College, has been named the National Coach of the Year, following his team’s NCJAA National Championship.
Monroe is the head softball coach at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill. He has tallied 104 wins in his first three seasons at the helm.
Monroe picked up hits 100th win at Rock Valley in an 8-7 victory over the College of DuPage in the Region IV championship May 3.
At the tournament, the Golden Eagles earned the third seed. They defeated Rochester Community and Technical College 8-7 in the first round. They knocked off defending national champion Herkimer County Community College 2-0 in the second round. Facing No. 1 seed Brookdale Community College, the Golden Eagles were victorious 2-1. The championship game was a rematch with Herkimer, with Rock Valley winning 2-1.
The Golden Eagles won the first school national championship and had a program single-season record with 42 wins.
The team finished sixth at the NJCAA tournament in 2013.
Monroe was a four-sport athlete in high school, where he participated in cross country, wrestling, track and baseball. He went on to play baseball at Luther, where he became heavily involved in coaching as an assistant varsity baseball and softball coach, assistant varsity wrestling coach and junior high football coach at South Winn. After college, he accepted a position to become an assistant softball coach at Southwestern Community College in Creston. While there, he helped his team set a school record for wins in a season (24). He was also the head softball coach at Lamoni High School.
Monroe is currently working on his master’s degree in organizational management, with an emphasis in sports management through Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb.
Monroe is the son of Scott and Janet Monroe of Ossian.