Scott Monarch almost has come full circle.
His basketball-world circumference measures more than 25 years of experience at all levels – from scouting for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks to successful recruiting and coaching as an assistant at Division I and II schools across the national roadmap and at junior colleges throughout Texas. In six years at Carthage where he became Panola’s winningest coach, some of his signature head-coaching moments included winning the 2003 Texas Eastern Conference Championship, the Region XIV Coach of the Year award and developing two-time NJCAA team-scoring champions.
Monarch, who worked 1993-96 seasons here with NJCAA Hall of Fame Coach Lewis Orr, now will serve as coach Michael Landers’ new assistant in the 2016-17 season. Monarch returns with an abundance to offer in all-too-familiar surroundings at Navarro College, and in a Region XIV setting where he experienced his earliest successes.
He’s been there, done that. And a lot of it has occurred deep in the heart of Texas.
His last three seasons were spent as an assistant on Tony Benford’s University of North Texas Mean Green staff. Monarch’s coached at McLennan, Navarro, Panola and Tyler Junior Colleges. He’s been Buzz Williams’ assistant at Marquette and The University of New Orleans. He’s been at Tennessee State, Grambling and at Kentucky Wesleyan in 1998 when the Panthers finished as a NCAA Division II runner-up.
During his career, Monarch has helped guide more than 40 players to NCAA Division I programs from the junior college ranks, and more than 20 to all-conference accolades. At Panola, he coached the all-time scoring leader in junior college history, Omar Thomas. At Kentucky Wesleyan, he recruited and helped to develop four players who would later be first-team All-Americans. Two of those standouts became National Players of the Year.
Monarch and his wife, Lacey, have three children: Samantha, Kacey and Scott, Jr.
SOME NOTED MONARCH RECRUITS:
To Navarro: Corey Brewer and Ruben Garces
To Kentucky Wesleyan: Antonio Garcia, Leroy Johns, Laricko Duncan
To Panola: Omar Thomas
To Marquette: Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder (and coached/developed Jerel McNeal, Dwight Buykes, Vander Blue, Wes Matthews, Darious Johnson-Odom and Lazar Haywood)