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Desoto Central High School Baseball

Head Coach Mark Monaghan
Baseball Office: 662-536-3612 ext 116 

2019 will be Coach Monaghan’s seventh season as Head Coach of the

Jaguar baseball program. Since his arrival in 2013, the Jaguars have won

four District 1 Championships, three North Half Championships, and

two State Championships. They have played in three of the last five state

championship games at Trustmark Park, and have won twice (2015 and 2018).

Coach Monaghan has seen four of his players reach the professional ranks

and 32 have received college scholarships to play baseball. 

As Head Coach at DeSoto Central, Monaghan’s overall record is 158-53 for a winning percentage of 75% over the past six years. The Jaguars’ impressive record has come against strong state, regional, and national competition. The Jaguars had a runner-up finish in the 2014 Perfect Game High School Showdown in Fort Myers, FL. They won the 2015 LaGrange Toyota Invitational in LaGrange, GA, and competed in the prestigious USA Baseball National High School Invitational in Cary, NC. DeSoto Central was the first team from Mississippi to compete in the NHSI. 

Before coming to DeSoto Central, Monaghan was at Pearl High School. He started as assistant coach in 2003 and became Head Coach in 2009. His teams made the state 5A playoffs every year. He coached the District 6 baseball team to the State Games of Mississippi Championship in 2010. He was selected to coach the North Mississippi 5A/6A All-Star team in the D. M. Howie High School All-Star Game in 2015. Following the 2018 championship season, USA Today announced his selection as the American Family Insurance ALL USA Coach of the Year for Mississippi. 

A native of Starkville, MS, Monaghan is a graduate of Starkville High school where he played for the legendary Coach Danny Carlisle. While playing college baseball, he was coached by two former major leaguers, Mackey Sasser at Wallace-Dothan Community College in Alabama (1999-2000) and Randy Bush at the University of New Orleans (2001-2002). As a shortstop at Wallace-Dothan, Monaghan earned All-State and All- Region honors. Over the course of his junior year at UNO, Monaghan saw playing time at 3B, SS and 2B and went on to start all 59 games at second base his senior year. After graduation, he joined the UNO staff as a volunteer assistant for the 2003 season. 

Monaghan is married to the former Melanie Blackwell of Starkville. They have two daughters, Maggie and Milla.