Shelley Monas brings over three decades of coaching and administrative experience to the Lakeland softball program in her first season as an assistant coach. Monas’ coaching career includes stints at Mercyhurst College (NCAA Division II) and Allegheny College (NCAA Division III) as well as numerous high school programs.
Her career began at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she helped guide the softball program to four consecutive Keystone Conference championships from 1979-83 and posted the only undefeated season in school history. In 1985, she was named head varsity softball coach at Northwestern High School in nearby Albion, Pennsylvania. In her five years at Northwestern, Monas led the program to the quarterfinals of the state tournament and the first undefeated season in Erie County League history. She earned Erie County League Coach of the Year honors that same season.
She returned to the collegiate ranks in 1990 after being named head softball coach at Allegheny College. In short time, Monas re-established Allegheny as a national contender. She helped guide the Gators to an NCAA Regional Championship in 1993 en route to National and Regional Coach of the Year honors from the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA). While at Allegheny, she also served as a member of the NCAA Division III All-American selection committee.
Monas spent the subsequent seven years as athletic director at Seton School in Meadville, Pennsylvania where she was responsible for the leadership and direction of the entire athletic program.
She returned to coaching at Meadville High School where she led the varsity program to the quarterfinals of the state tournament, six straight Crawford County Conference championships, and a District X championship from 1997-2002.
In 2003 she took over at Edgewood High School in Ashtabula. Monas helped the Warriors advance to the OHSAA State semifinals in 2006 and claim seven consecutive Northeastern Conference (NEC) championships from 2003-09. Monas was a six-time Coach of the Year selection by the Star-Beacon during that span, which included seven sectional championships and six appearances in the district finals.
Currently, Monas works at Perry High School where she serves as an online health teacher and faculty manager. She is also a staff member at the Perry Community Fitness Center. She resides in Perry with her husband, John. Their son, Kent, attended Cleveland State University where he was four-year member of the Vikings’ golf team.