About Matthew Monroe
Coach Monroe is in his third year as the head varsity boys’ basketball coach at Saint Ignatius College Prep and his 17th year overall as a basketball coach. In the past two seasons, the Wolfpack varsity team has posted an overall record of 29-26 and the program winning percentage has risen from .401 in 2015-16 to .733 in 2017-18. More importantly, Coach Monroe and his staff have established a program that is bigger than basketball - one in which the primary goal is to make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of everyone who participates in boys’ basketball.
Before coming to Saint Ignatius, Coach Monroe spent eight years as the head sophomore and lead varsity assistant boys’ basketball coach at Saint Patrick High School in Chicago. While at St. Pat’s, he helped guide the varsity to three IHSA Regional Championships, one IHSA Sectional Championship, and an overall record of 138-83. He also led his sophomore teams to an overall record of 134-61, the 2016 ESCC Conference Championship, and multiple Thanksgiving and Christmas tournament championships. Previously, Coach Monroe spent time as an assistant basketball coach at Niles West High School, Vernon Hills High School, and Deerfield High School. He also coached club basketball for twelve years and was a student-manager under Dave Leitao for the DePaul University men’s basketball team. In addition to his coaching duties, Coach Monroe serves on the Executive Board of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.
Coach Monroe is a Social Studies teacher at Saint Ignatius College Prep. He is happily married to his wife, Sarah, who is an elementary school assistant principal.