Desoto Central High School Baseball
Mark Monaghan is beginning his fifth year as head coach of the DeSoto Central High School
(DCHS) baseball team. He became only the second head baseball coach in DCHS history in
In 2015, Coach Monaghan led the Jaguars to their first State Championship. Following a repeat
as Division Champions and North State Champions, they swept perennial South MS 6-A
powerhouse Oak Grove in two straight games in the State Tournament at Trustmark Park.
In 2014, Monaghan's second year at DCHS, the Jaguars claimed the division championship with
a perfect 9-0 record followed by their first ever North State Championship and first trip to the
State Championship series. They lost the final game 2-1, but their 28-10 record was a new school
record for wins in a season.
Monaghan guided the Jaguars to a 27-10 record in 2013. They advanced to the North State Championship series, losing a decisive game three to cross-town rival Southaven, putting and end to the best season in school history up to that time.
Monaghan's first three years at DCHS have seen a steady progression of success with an overall record of 83-29, two division championships, two North State Championships, and a 6-A State Championship. Regional and national recognition has led to their participation in several prestigious national tournaments. The Jaguars won the 2015 LaGrange Toyota Invitational in LaGrange GA and had a strong showing in the prestigious USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) Tournament in Cary, NC in 2015. In 2014, the Jaguars finished runner-up in the Perfect Game High School Showdown in Fort Myers, Florida. The Jaguars' impressive record is against some of the strongest state, regional, and national competition.
Coach Monaghan comes to DeSoto Central from Pearl High School, where he spent the previous nine seasons, serving as head coach from 2009 through 2011. During his tenure at Pearl, Coach Monaghan’s teams qualified for the playoffs every year, capturing multiple division championships. In the summer of 2010, Coach Monaghan coached District 6 to a State Games Championship. Coach Monaghan was recently selected to coach the North MS 5A/6A All-Star Baseball Team in the 2015 DM Howie MS High School All-Star game.
A native of Starkville, Ms, Coach Monaghan was a 1998 graduate of Starkville High School. Coach Monaghan went on to play college baseball at Wallace-Dothan Community College in Dothan, Alabama from 1999-2000. After two years at Wallace, garnering All-State/All-Region recognition, Coach Monaghan signed a scholarship with the University of New Orleans. 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. Upon graduating from UNO, Coach Monaghan joined the Privateer coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach in 2003.
Coach Monaghan is married to the former Melanie Blackwell of Starkville, MS. He and Melanie have two daughters, Maggie and Milla. Coach Monaghan currently teaches Physical Education at DCHS.
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