Aleksandra Wachowicz, Mario Carrera and Shawn Heide enter into esteemed honor society.
Red Storm baseball and lacrosse teams honored during men's home soccer match against La Salle.
SJU-TV to produce and deliver 80 games for third-party national sports networks in 2013-14.
Long Island-based car dealership becomes exclusive automotive provider of the Red Storm.
Freshman and transfer student-athletes receive their introduction to the Red Storm community.
Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery host An Evening With St. John's Basketball at Guastavino's on November 6, 2013.
Photos from Big East Women's Basketball Media Day
JaKarr Sampson Named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year March 12, 2013
St. John's Men's Basketball- Fire House and National September 11 Memorial
St. John's 8 Providence 4 April 20, 2012
Now in the ninth year providing leadership for his alma mater's athletics program, Chris Monasch oversees St. John's 17 varsity sports programs and leads the University's Strategic Plan for Athletics, including development, facilities, marketing, communications, corporate relations and NCAA compliance.
Monasch has made a considerable impact in every area of St. John's Department of Athletics during his tenure. He has overseen the hiring of men's basketball coach Steve Lavin and other key personnel in the Athletic Development, Sports Marketing and Athletic Communications areas. He also created several new assistant coaching positions for women's sports programs, in alignment with the University's commitment to gender equity.
Significant facility upgrades have been made during Monasch's tenure, including the construction of The Courts at St. John's and various improvements at Jack Kaiser Baseball Stadium, which honors one of Monasch's most distinguished predecessors. Monasch is currently spearheading the multi-phase fundraising and renovation plan for the modernization of venerable Carnesecca Arena - which received significant changes already in Phases I, II and III of the initiative, houses most of St. John's Athletics Department and serves as the on-campus home for the University's storied basketball programs. Phase II renovations in 2008 included a new playing surface, an overhauled seating bowl with 800 chairback seats, and enhanced ticketing and lobby areas. The installation of a high-resolution video scoreboard and sound system, a refurbishing of the arena ceiling, and a new high-definition lighting system are among the series of Phase III changes Red Storm fans enjoyed during the 2009-10 hardwood seasons.
Under Monasch's leadership, St. John's successfully completed the NCAA Certification process in 2009-10. Following a year-long self-study to review the Department's governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, gender/diversity issues and student-athlete well being, the St. John's Department of Athletics received a designation of "certified," by the Division I Committee on Athletics Certification.
In 2009, Monasch also announced a new corporate marketing partnership with IMG College. IMG College, the country's foremost collegiate sports marketing company, serves as the exclusive sales and marketing representative for the Red Storm.
Monasch has implemented an athletics department philosophy of "Win, Graduate, Serve," which begins with an annual orientation program for all incoming student-athletes. St. John's Student Development staff provides academic support and guides community service and leadership efforts in Carnesecca Arena's five-year old, state-of-the-art Student-Athlete Center for Excellence.
Annual giving to St. John's Athletics and the number of members in the Red White Club have markedly increased since Monasch's arrival, with the addition of development events such as the annual Bullpen Winter Banquet, benefiting the Red Storm baseball team. He has overseen several special events related to the storied men's basketball program, such as Legacy Honors Weekend (2006), the Joe Lapchick Symposium (2006), the year-long 100 Years of St. John's Basketball celebration (2007-08) and the 25th Anniversary of St. John's 1985 Final Four Run (2009-10).
In 2011-12, the St. John's athletics program posted another year of achievement:
Red Storm student-athletes continue to achieve in the classroom.
St. John's student-athletes continue to be extremely active members of the community - on campus, in the greater New York City area, and beyond. Red Storm student-athletes contributed nearly 2,000 community outreach hours during the 2011-12 academic year.
Monasch, 53, was named the fifth Athletic Director in St. John's University history on February 1, 2005. He has spent his entire career in collegiate athletics, serving in various leadership capacities for more than 25 years and has a résumé that touches some 30 institutions. He has served as commissioner of the America East and Northeast Conferences, as well as Assistant and Associate Athletic Director at Fordham and Seton Hall Universities, respectively. He has experience with complex issues such as NCAA governance, compliance, student development and academic support, and is known as a visionary administrator.
Monasch spent 1997-2004 as Commissioner of the America East Conference, leading that organization in implementing a NCAA compliance program, developing a marketing program and organizing the league's television network. Monasch created the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and restructured the league governance process to empower the member institutions' presidents as its chief governing body. Monasch also oversaw the addition of four new members to the conference and brought the conference to the highest level of athletic success in its history.
Prior to his tenure at the AEC, Monasch served as the first full-time Commissioner of the Northeast Conference, a position he held for nine years. He extricated the league from the ECAC in the late 1980s, changing its name from the ECAC Metro Conference, expanded league membership, added Division I-AA football to its sports sponsorship list and developed its television network.
Monasch has been a member of several NCAA committees, including the NCAA Management Council, the Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee and the Recruiting Committee. He recently completed a second term on the Division I Baseball Committee. He has been an advocate for student-athletes, serving two terms as liaison with the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He served as chair of the Division I Management Council during the 2004-05 academic year, and currently serves on the NACDA Sears Cup Board of Directors.
Monasch began his career as an Assistant Athletic Director at Fordham University, a role he filled for four years before serving as the school's interim athletics director in 1985, where he also started the school's first academic support program. As an Associate Athletic Director at Seton Hall University, Monasch was a key player in the athletic department's upgrade that led to a men's basketball Final Four appearance and the move of its games to the Meadowlands.
Monasch is a member of the BIG EAST Executive Committee and the Media Rights Negotiation Committee. He was recently the chair of the BIG EAST finance committee and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the National Consortium of Academics and Sports. He also contributes on the Advisory Board for the Sport Management program and the College of Professional Studies at St. John's. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Seton Hall University School of Law and St. John's University.
Monasch is a St. John's alumnus, graduating with a B.S. in athletic administration in 1981. In addition to his degree from St. John's, Monasch holds a M.A. in communications from Fordham University (1984) and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University (1993). He is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.
Monasch currently resides in Manhattan.