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On this edition of the Wolfchase Toyota Insider, Jeff Brightwell talks to head women's soccer coach Brooks Monaghan about the this week's home matches against SMU and Houston.
On this edition of the Wolfchase Toyota Insider, Jeff Brightwell talks to head women's soccer coach Brooks Monaghan about the Tigers' road win over Western Kentucky and their upcoming weekend facing two SEC rivals in Alabama and Ole Miss.
On this edition of the Wolfchase Toyota Insider, Jeff Brightwell talks to head women's soccer coach Brooks Monaghan about the Tigers' previous match ups against Vanderbilt and MTSU and looks ahead to their road match up against Western Kentucky this weekend.
On this edition of the Wolfchase Toyota Insider, Jeff Brightwell talks to head women's soccer coach Brooks Monaghan about the Tigers' great start to the 2013 season and the rest of the season ahead.
Episode 38: Jeff Brightwell sits down with Head Coach Brooks Monaghan and talks about the 2012 season program and discusses the move into The Big East Conference in 2013.
Fourteen seasons ago, Brooks Monaghan took over the Lady Tigers soccer program in hopes of taking it to new heights. Five league championships and 157 wins later, Monaghan has molded Memphis women's soccer into a force to be reckoned with on a national level.
Asked what his one lasting impression on the program would be and why in 2000, Monaghan responded: "I would like my student-athletes to know that I gave everything I had to make this program better. I would want the young ladies to leave here knowing that they not only grew as players, but also as people."
Monaghan, the 2007 and 2011 Conference USA Coach of the Year, has seen the Lady Tigers flourish on and off the field since his tenure began back in 2000.
The program has claimed five-straight National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Awards, the 2009 C-USA Sport Academic Award, 14 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District IV selections and four NSCAA/Adidas Scholar All-Americans. Since Monaghan's first season in 2000, the team has not posted a composite grade-point average below 3.1.
On the field, team and individual success have become the norm in the Monaghan era. The Lady Tigers has won five C-USA Championships and has made five NCAA Tournament appearances (2007-11). Individually, Memphis has had 14 C-USA Player of the Year winners (5 Offensive/3 Defensive/2 Midfielder/4 Freshman), 34 All-C-USA picks, 16 All-C-USA Freshman Team selections, five All-Americans and one Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honoree.
"The most important thing we can do as coaches is try to prepare young people for success later in life," Monaghan said. "Soccer is important to me, and I want to win. However, the foundation of our program is the student-athlete."
In 2012, Monaghan passed the 150-win plateau as the U of M posted a 10-8-1 record. The 10-win campaign gave Memphis its ninth-straight, 10-plus win season. The term "rebuilding year" could define the 2012 season, as 25 of the 30 players on the roster were underclassmen.
The 2011 season went down as the best in school history. Memphis climbed as high as No. 3 in the national polls, the highest ranking for the program. The 2011 squad surged through the non-conference schedule with a 7-0 mark and won the C-USA title with a 10-0-1 record. The squad advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round, where it suffered its lone loss in a 22-1-1 season.
A sign that a program is among the nation's elite is its ability to win on the road, and under Monaghan's direction, the Lady Tigers have done that in recent years. Monaghan has led Memphis to a 44-13-5 road mark the past seven seasons, helping the Lady Tigers putting their stamp on the national soccer scene.
Prior to taking the head coaching duties, Monaghan served as the goalkeeping coach for former coach Les Szabo. Monaghan was a vital part of Szabo's staff during the program's first four seasons.
When Monaghan became the Lady Tigers goalkeepers coach, he was already familiar with the demands of running a successful college soccer program, having enjoyed tremendous success during his playing career at Memphis. The former goalkeeper still holds school records for season (11) and career (24) shutouts. His 298 career saves rank second all-time, and he is second in season goals-against average (0.80).
He was named All-Great Midwest Conference first team in 1992, after leading the Tigers to a share of the conference title. In 1993, Monaghan was the Defensive MVP of the league's championship game, helping the Tigers to the tournament crown and their first NCAA Tournament appearance. His 38 goalkeeper wins still stand as the school record.
A former prep standout at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Monaghan's collegiate play earned him a spot on the U.S. U20 National Squad. Monaghan also played professionally, spending two seasons with the New Orleans Gamblers from 1995-96 and one with the Memphis Express in 2002.
A Memphis native, Monaghan received a bachelor's degree in business management from Memphis in 1994. He and his wife, Mary, reside in Collierville.