Marty Kilgore enters his 19th season as the head coach of the MCC-Maple Woods baseball program. During his first thirteen seasons, he compiled more than 500 wins and six regional championships. He was Region XVI Coach of the Year eight times.
He has coached several young men who have earned the opportunity to play at the professional level. These include: Albert Pujols, MVP with the St. Louis Cardinals, Logan Morrison with the Miami Marlins, Jake Blackwood with the San Diego Padres and many others.
He has helped student athletes get scholarships to continue their education through the game of baseball. Since 1999, more than 90% of his outgoing sophomores have moved on to four-year colleges and universities.
Prior to becoming head coach in 1999, Kilgore worked as the pitching coach at Maple Woods for four seasons and was instrumental in the 1998 fifth-place finish at the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.
From 1990 to 1993, Kilgore was the assistant coach at MCC-Longview where he helped lead the 1993 team to the NJCAA Division II World Series.
Kilgore began playing college ball at MCC-Longview before transferring to Iowa State University, where he was a starting pitcher.
He is supported by athletic director Brian Becthel, president Merna Saliman, assistant coaches Ryan Cooper and Joe Miller and the MCC-Maple Woods administration. At home, wife Kristin and daughter Chloe supports him "in this job I love."
Ryan Cooper is entering his second season as an Assistant Coach with the Monarchs. Ryan serves as the hitting and outfield coach and will also coach first base. Coach Cooper attended Maple Woods from 2011-2013 where he was a two time All-Region Player. After Maple Woods, Ryan went on to attend Elon University where he graduated with his degree in Exercise Science. While at Elon, Ryan won team MVP, first team All-CAA, and is one of only six Phoenix baseball players to earn the American Baseball Coaches Association first team All-Region Player. Ryan currently resides in Kansas City, MO.
Joe Miller is entering his fifth season as an Assistant Coach with the Monarchs. Joe serves as the hitting and infield coach and also coach third base. Coach Miller attended Maple Woods in 1999 and was part of the Monarchs Region 16 Championship team. Previous to Maple Woods, Miller was the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at Avila University 2009-2011 and helped the Eagles reach the NAIA National tournament. Joe then came to Maple Woods in 2012 to work with hitters and outfielders. In 2015, Coach Miller became the pitching coach at Rio Hondo Community College. Before returning back to Maple Woods, Joe helped Rio Hondo's lead pitcher to become Pitcher of The Year in California and an All-American. Joe currently resides in Kansas City, MO.