Marty Kilgore enters his 18th 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 six 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 Justin Munson and Joe Miller and the MCC-Maple Woods administration. At home, wife Kristin and daughter Chloe supports him "in this job I love."
Justin Munson is entering his 7th season as an Assistant Head Coach with the Monarchs. Justin serves as the Pitching Coach and as the Recruiting Coordinator for the Monarchs. Coach Munson attended Maple Woods from 2005-2008 where he played under current Head Coach Marty Kilgore. After Maple Woods, Justin went on to attend Park University where he graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in English. Justin currently resides in Kansas City, MO where he coaches a college showcase team and provides private baseball instruction. Coach Munson is also an Associate Scout with the Miami Marlins. Coach Munson is supported by his wife Catherine.
Ryan Cooper is entering his first 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.