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

2023 will be Coach Monaghan's 11th season as Head Coach of the

Jaguar's baseball program. Since his arrival, the Jaguars have won six

District 1 Championships, five North Half Championships, and three State

Championships. They have  played in five of the last eight State Championship

games at Trustmark Park, bringing home state titles in 2015, 2018, and 2019.

In 2020, the Jaguars were 12-1 and ranked as high as #6 in the nation and

#1 in Mississippi before their shot at a "three-peat" was cut short in March due

to the pandemic. In 2022, the Jags were 22-12 advancing to the

State Championship series for the fifth time in program history.

During Monaghan's tenure at Desoto Central, the Jag's overall record is 243-86 for a 74% winning percentage and averaging over 25 wins per season. His overall win total as a head coach stands at 314.  The Jaguars impressive record has come against some of the best state, regional, and National competition.  The Jags won the 2015 Toyota Invitational in LaGrange, GA, and played there again in 2020 earning a 3rd place finish. The 2015 squad was invited and played in the prestigious USA Baseball National High School Invitational Tournament in Cary, NC becoming the first team from Mississippi to compete in this national event. DeSoto Central was runners-up in the 2014 Perfect Game High School Showdown in Fort Myers, FL and played in the PG Showdown again in Atlanta, GA in 2015 and in Hoover, AL in 2019, 2020 and 2022, bringing home a Championship in 2020. Monaghan has had seven players gone on to play professionally while over sixty have earned college scholarships.

Prior to his arrival at DC, Monaghan was the Head Coach at Pearl High School (2009-12) after starting as an assistant there in 2003-2004. He coached the District 6 team to the State Games of Mississippi Championship in 2010.  In 2016, Monaghan was selected to coach the MS 5A/6A All-Stars in the D.M. Howie HS All-Star game. Following the 2018 championship season, he was named USA-Today's American Family Insurance ALL-USA MS Coach of the Year. In 2019, he received the MS 6A Baseball Coach of the Year Award.

A native of Starkville, MS, Monaghan is a graduate of Starkville High School where he played for the legendary Danny Carlisle. In college, Monaghan had the opportunity to play under two former major leaguers, Mackey Sasser at Wallace-Dothan Community College (1999-2000) in Dothan, Alabama and Randy Bush at the University of New Orleans (2001-02). He earned All-State and All-Region honors as a shortstop at Wallace-Dothan and played 3B, SS and 2B at New Orleans.  After graduation, Monaghan joined the UNO staff as a volunteer assistant for the 2003 season. Monaghan and his wife Melanie have two daughters, Maggie (16) and Milla (11).

Desoto Central High School Baseball

The official website of the DeSoto Central High School Jaguars Baseball Team