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Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011
Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516
Rock Valley College is pleased to announce the hiring of Darin Monroe as the new head coach for RVC softball. He will also serve as a part-time lab assistant for the Fitness Lab at RVC.
Previously, Monroe was an assistant softball coach at Southwestern Community College, a Division II Junior College in Creston, Iowa. While at Southwestern, he helped his team set a school record for wins in a season (24) and helped recruit the team’s largest recruiting class in school history (18), which was headlined by five all-state players.
While at Southwestern, Monroe was also the head softball coach at Lamoni High School. In one season, his team saw an eight win improvement from the previous season. At Lamoni, he coached three all-state, three all-district, and six all-conference players in just one season at the helm. He also put on the school’s first ever “Coaches vs. Cancer” event, which helped raise money for cancer research.
Monroe is from Ossian, Iowa where he was a four-sport athlete in cross-country, wrestling, track and baseball at South Winneshiek High School in Calmar, Iowa. He was a state participant in track and cross country, and a two-time district qualifier in wrestling. In baseball, he was an all-conference catcher, and was named his team’s Most Valuable Defensive Player in his junior and senior seasons.
He went on to play college baseball for Luther College a NCAA Division III College in Decorah, Iowa. While at Luther he also became heavily involved in coaching as he was an assistant varsity baseball and softball coach, assistant varsity wrestling coach and junior high football coach at his alma mater.
Monroe is currently working on his Master’s degree in Organizational Management with an emphasis in Sports Management through Chadron State College in Chardon, Nebraska. He is also a member of the National Fast-pitch Coaches Association.
“I am excited about the opportunity to become the new head softball coach at Rock Valley College,” says Monroe. “From the day I came on campus for my interview, I knew this was where I wanted to be. Our athletic facilities are unbeatable for a college our size, as we have state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities. While I recognize the successful history of the RVC softball program, I also recognize the need to carry this program toward national prominence and contention.”