Desoto Central High School Baseball

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

2021 will be Coach Monaghan's ninth season as Head Coach of the

Jaguar's baseball program. Since his arrival in 2012-2013, the Jaguars

have won five District 1 Championships, four North Half

Championships, and three State Championships. They have played

in four of the last six 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 #6 in the nation and #1 in

Mississippi before their shot at a "three-peat" was cut short in March due to the pandemic.

During Monaghan's tenure at Desoto Central, the Jag's overall record is 208-57 for a 78% winning percentage. 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. They were 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 Hoover, AL in 2019 and 2020. The 2020 squad brought home a PG Showdown Championship. Several of Monaghan's players have gone on to play professionally while over fifty 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. Monaghan joined the UNO staff as a volunteer assistant after graduation in 2003. Coach Monaghan and his wife Melanie have two daughters, Maggie (14) and Milla (9).

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