Monaghan Named As Interim Head Coach For Women's Soccer
July 24, 2000
Memphis, Tn. - Brooks Monaghan, a former first-team all-Great Midwest Conference player at The U of M, has been named as the interim head women's soccer coach for The University of Memphis. Monaghan, replaces former head coach Les Szabo, who resigned to accept a position with the women's soccer program at Ohio University. Szabo, who has been the only head coach since the program's inception in 1995, listed a desire to return to his hometown state of Ohio, as the primary basis for his decision. During his stay at The U of M, he amassed a career record of 34-60-4. "We are very pleased that Brooks has agreed to take the head coach's position this season," said athletic director R.C. Johnson. "He has been with the team for the past five years and has been instrumental in developing our goalkeepers. He will certainly be a strong candidate for the permanent position when we open it for applications this winter." Monaghan will inherit a program that has not had a winning season since 1997, when the Lady Tigers finished 11-10-1. As an assistant under Szabo, Monaghan served for five years as the primary goalkeeper coach, helping lower Memphis' goals against average from 2.743 in 1995 to 1.89 in 1998. In addition, Lady Tiger goalkeepers recorded seven shutouts in 1997 and five in 1998. Monaghan, 27, was a three-year starter for the Tigers after transferring to The U of M from the University of Evansville following his freshman season. A former prep standout for Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Monaghan returned to his hometown and made an immediate impact on the Tiger soccer program. A standout keeper, Monaghan is Memphis' all-time leader in shutouts with 24 and also career goals against average with 1.40. He was selected first-team all-Great Midwest Conference in 1992 and it was his superb goaltending in 1992 that led Memphis to a school-best 14-3-2 record and the co-championship of the Great Midwest Conference. Of the 14 wins the Tigers posted in 1992, 11 came via a Monaghan shutout, the largest single-season total by a Tiger goalkeeper. Monaghan finished the 1992 season with an amazing goals-against-average of 0.80.
In 1993, Monaghan helped lead the Tigers to the Great Midwest Conference Tournament crown and the team's first ever berth in the NCAA tournament. Following his excellent performance in the GMC Tournament, he was named the tournament's defensive MVP. In that same season, he was also selected as the Soccer America National Player of the Week, during the first week of November.
While at Memphis, Monaghan also played for the U-20 National Team.
A graduate of Christian Brothers High School, Monaghan anchored a Purple Wave squad that won two Tennessee state championships. He received the highest accolade as a prep player when he was named a high school All-American after his 1991 season. He was also a two-time all-state performer for David Dietrich at CBHS.