South Winn and Luther alum Darin Monroe continues to win.
The Ossian native led the Rock Valley Golden Eagles (Rockford, Ill.) to the Division III NJCAA National Softball Championship recently.
The Rock Eagles defeated Suffolk County 20-0 in the championship game, surviving cold and rain. They scored in all six innings and led 12-0 after four frames.
The championship was the fourth straight for Rock Valley. It marks the first time a NJCAA softball team has won four straight national titles since softball was split into three divisions.
Monroe’s squad finished the year 57-2. They won their final 40 games and outscored their opponents 400-38 during that stretch.
Monroe just concluded his sixth season as the Head Coach. Through six seasons, he has led the Golden Eagles to a 262-53 mark. Monroe and his staff have been awarded the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and he was the N4C Coach of the Year in 2013, ’14, ’15 and ’16. He was named the coach of the tournament for the fourth straight year.
Monroe was a four-sport athlete in cross country, wrestling, track and baseball at South Winn. Monroe played baseball at Luther, where he became involved as an assistant varsity baseball and softball coach. Following his time at Luther, he became the assistant softball coach at Southwestern Community College in Creston.
Monroe is the son of Scott and Janet of Ossian.