FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, November 19, 2020
Contact Carrie Butler for Seton LaSalle Catholic High School – 412-897-6177
Seton LaSalle Catholic High School announces a new era of Rebel football with Mauro Monz as the school’s new Head Football Coach.
Monz has 25 years of coaching experience at the collegiate, high school, and youth levels. He’s also no stranger to the Rebel way, as he was the starting quarterback and defensive back for the Rebels when he attended Seton LaSalle.
After graduating from Seton LaSalle in 1992, Monz attended Duquesne University, where he was twice named All-Metro Atlantic Conference defensive back (‘94, ‘95) and was Co-Captain of the 1995 AA Non-Scholarship National Championship Team. Monz finished the 1995 season as a First Team All-American Defensive Back and graduated as the Duquesne Dukes’ all-time leader in interceptions.
In 1997, Monz accepted his first collegiate coaching role under Robert Morris University’s esteemed Head Coach Joe Walton. During his time at RMU, Coach Monz held several roles including Quarterback Coach, and was a major contributor to RMU’s five NEC Championships.
Some of the additional highlights from Monz’s 25 years in coaching include: setting offensive records as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach for his alma mater Duquesne University in 2001-03; becoming the youngest Head Coach at any level in the country as the Head Football Coach at West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 2003; coaching five All-Conference Wide Receivers for the Akron Zips; leading Robert Morris to the University’s first championship run in a decade, and the school’s first NCAA 1AA playoff appearance, in 2010; serving as Head Coach for Carlynton High School in 2014; then serving as the Offensive Coordinator at Mt. Lebanon High School, where the Blue Devils’ explosive offense averaged nearly 30 points per game; and helping to spark the resurgence of Baldwin High School’s football program, where he worked alongside WPIAL’s 2018 Coach of the Year, Loren Cooley.
“Being entrusted with the future of the football program at my alma mater of Seton LaSalle is an incredible honor for me, both as a coach and as an alumnus,” says Monz. “I am humbled by the faith that Seton LaSalle’s Vetting Committee, President, Principal, and Administration have placed in me to teach and to lead a new generation of Rebels. My wife Dana and my father Edward are also Seton LaSalle alumni, so the school and its football program have meant a great deal to our family for decades. I am grateful to be able to share my love of the game, and of Seton LaSalle, with a new generation of players, and I am excited to lead these Rebels to new heights that uphold our tradition, our values and our proud history of championship-worthy efforts, both on and off the field.”
A brief but intense search and interview process among many talented and highly-qualified candidates ultimately led to the selection of Monz as the coach.
“I’ve known Mauro Monz since I coached him as a starter in high school,” says Seton LaSalle alumnus and University of Albany Head Coach Greg Gattuso ‘80, who was a member of the Vetting Committee that helped Seton LaSalle’s administration in its search. “He’s played for me and he’s coached for me, and his dedication to excellence in every aspect of the game has been consistent throughout his career. I believe in him 100%, and I know that he will do a great job in leading the Seton LaSalle Rebels.”
“I want to commend Principal Lauren Martin and President Lisa Osterhaus on how they’ve conducted this process, bringing in professionals on a committee to help narrow their head coaching search,” says Vetting Committee participant and Seton LaSalle alumnus Bruce Gradkowski ‘01, who also played for 11 years as an NFL quarterback. “It really made me proud as a Seton LaSalle alumnus to see all of the amazing applicants who submitted their resume for the job. We had some tremendous talent from which to choose and I’m glad the opportunity has gone to an alumnus. Mauro has extraordinary passion and knowledge of the game, and it is time for the entire Seton LaSalle community to offer our full support as he leads our football program into a successful future.”
“We conducted our search with the goal of finding a head coach who could also serve as a mentor to the young men on our team, and whose personal integrity is just as commendable as his football acumen,” says Seton LaSalle Principal Lauren Martin. “Coach Monz excels in both areas. We look forward to seeing his positive impact on our football program’s success, and on the lives of our players and students.”
“This is an exciting time for the entire Seton LaSalle community,” said Lisa Osterhaus, President, Seton LaSalle. “The Committee worked tirelessly and upheld the integrity of the vetting process to put forward the best candidates for the job. This experience confirms what we already knew...Rebel pride runs deep. We are "ALL IN" for a new era of Rebel football which begins today.”
The Seton LaSalle head football coach vetting committee included several distinguished Seton LaSalle alumni and many others who are dedicated to supporting the school community.