Head Coach Cathy Monroe
Cathy Monroe, who has spent the last nine seasons as an assistant coach at Truman State University and last two as the program's associate head coach, has been named as the new head softball coach at Missouri S&T.
Monroe, who is taking over for Don Kennedy in the position, served as the acting head coach for the Bulldogs for an eight-game stretch during the early stages of the 2015 season and led them to a 7-1 record in those contests. Truman finished the 2015 campaign with a record of 33-16, including a 21-7 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and made its second straight trip to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional.
In Truman's two seasons in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the Bulldogs have posted a record of 76-29 and a 51-13 mark in conference play.
"I am extremely excited to have Cathy joining our Miner family. She brings outstanding experience, passion, and commitment to our program," said S&T director of athletics
"Cathy's personality and leadership abilities will be a great asset to our softball program, our department, our campus, and the local community. I am anxious for her to get started."
At Truman, Monroe has been involved in all aspects of the Bulldog program, including the team's strength program and skill development. She worked primarily with the outfielders on the defensive side and with the entire team offensively, where it finished with a .305 team batting average, 50 home runs and 253 runs scored in 49 games in the past year.
The Bulldogs hit better than .300 as a team in each of the last four seasons.
In addition, she helped coordinate and promote the team's StrikeOut Cancer and Military Appreciation games and was also a founding member of Bulldogs L.E.A.D.E.R.S., a leadership development program with four staff members for student-athletes to help them build skills to become leaders in the future.
Monroe, a 2002 graduate of Truman State with a bachelor's degree in agricultural science, played four seasons for the Bulldogs – including five games against the Lady Miners during that stretch – and served as a team captain during the 2002 season when the Bulldogs reached the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year.
Three of her former teammates at Truman – Erin Brown, Kristi Bredbenner and Elizabeth Economon – are currently head coaches at the collegiate level. Brown is the head coach at Truman, while Bredbenner heads the program at Wichita State University and Economon is the head coach at Pittsburg State University.
Following her playing career with the Bulldogs, Monroe spent three seasons as the head coach of the junior varsity team at Lutheran High School South in St. Louis before joining the Truman staff prior to the 2006 season when Brown took over as the program's head coach.