Tony Monroe enters his first year as an assistant coach for Seattle U track and field in 2018-19, primarily helping with jumps and sprints.
Monroe’s career as a coach and athletic director spans more than 26 years. Most recently, he spent seven years as the jumps coach at Central Washington University, following three years as head coach for cross country and track at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Ore.
In 2011, Monroe coached both the indoor and outdoor men’s GNAC champions in the high jump. In 2012, his indoor and outdoor jumpers were a major force on the team, with the men winning the long and high jumps at GNAC Championships. During his time at CWU, he coached three school record-holders and numerous Division II national qualifiers. Monroe also oversaw the career of two-time All-American triple jumper Luke Plumber as well as five-time All-American and national runner-up high jumper Tayler Fettig.
He has extensive experience working with all track events and age groups with clubs, high schools and colleges. As the head track coach at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School in Reno, his teams won 10 division championships, five Nevada State Championships and three State runner-up trophies in 10-years. As a result, Manogue was recognized as one of the top track teams in all of Nevada. Monroe has coached over 40 individual Nevada State Champions with at least one in every track and field event, as well as several past and current Nevada state record-holders. He coached the fastest miler (4:08) in Nevada high school history and junior national team member in the 1500 (3:51), the winner of the Golden West Invitational mile (4:10.65), Brad Meyer (National Champion 1500m, 3k, 5k), and 1989 National High Jump Champion Justin James, among countless others. Monroe was named league and division Coach of the Year several times, culminating in the title of Nevada State High School Coach of the Year in 1993. He was instrumental in adding girl’s pole vault to Nevada high school track, coaching the first Nevada high school female vaulter. Later, he helped Andrea Miezel to an eighth place national finish in the heptathlon, and also instructed Division II All-American Josh Jones. Monroe was instrumental in coaching Mesa College to the NJCAA title.
After college, Monroe competed for several years with the Rail City Striders and the Reno Track Club, participating in multiple national and international tournaments. In 1966, Monroe won the title for Pacific Association USA Track and Field) 800 meters and medaling in the 1500. He was selected PA/TAC 1500/miler of the year in 1987.
Monroe was a high school varsity athlete in three sports, after which he played junior college basketball and competed for the University of Nevada Reno as a track athlete. He was part of Nevada’s Big Sky Conference championship team in 1982. Later, Monroe was a graduate assistant for Hall of Fame coach Jack Cook. As a GA, he assisted Coach Cook with his “Theory of Track and Field” class and in the writing of his book, titled “Run, Jump, Throw”. Monroe had a major role in assisting with the concept, organizing and implementing the first two Nevada-hosted indoor meets known as the “Fabulous Fifties”.