Head Coach Cathy Monroe
After leading the Lady Miners to a five-win improvement in her first season with the squad, the team made another six-game jump in the win column in 2017 as they went 22-31 and 14-16 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Lady Miners were in contention for a spot in the GLVC Tournament all the way to the final day of the season with a team that had two all-conference performers.
Monroe led S&T to a 16-35 mark in her first year with the team after spending 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Truman State University, the last two as the program's associate head coach.
While at Truman, Monroe 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 first two seasons in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the Bulldogs posted a record of 76-29 and a 51-13 mark in conference play.
At Truman, Monroe was 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 2015.
The Bulldogs hit better than .300 as a team in each of the last four seasons she spent on the staff.
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.
Cathy Monroe enters her fourth season at the helm of Missouri S&T's softball program and will seek to continue the program's progress in the upcoming 2018 season.