August 17, 2012
Belmont Abbey Director of Athletics Quin Monahan Resigns To Accept Same Position At South Carolina-Beaufort
Quin Monahan Resigns As Director of Athletics To Accept Same Job At South Carolina-Beaufort
Belmont Abbey College Director of Athletics Quin Monahan has resigned his post after two years to accept the same appointment at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. Monahan’s resignation is effective September 10. A national search for his replacement will begin immediately.
“I am extremely grateful to Belmont Abbey," Monahan said. “I will leave with mixed emotions – very excited to be going to USC-Beaufort but sad to leave behind a great community. The Abbey has been a blessing to me and my family and they will always hold a special place in our hearts. I am specifically grateful for President Thierfelder and his belief in me, Mr. Wayne Scroggins and his staff for their great support and most certainly the coaches and athletic administration. Belmont Abbey has some of the finest coaches and support staff in the country and they have been a great joy to work with."
Under Monahan’s aegis, the Crusaders athletic department had one team win a Conference Carolinas Championship and three that reached the NCAA Tournament. The women's soccer team captured the Conference Carolinas regular season title and earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Southeast Regional in 2011, while the women's golf team, which was ranked as high as third nationally, was crowned Conference Carolinas Champions with a 54-stroke victory later that spring. Both golf programs earned spots in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships for their efforts. In the spring of 2012, the men’s golf team ascended to as high as 19th in the national rankings and Adam Hedges was named a first team All-American.
Using his strong philosophy of winning by means of good sportsmanship, five programs-the women's cross country team, the women's basketball team and the men's tennis and men’s lacrosse teams, the most of any in Conference Carolinas-were recognized by Conference Carolinas with the Messick Award for displaying the best sportsmanship. The Crusaders claimed the overall sportsmanship award from the conference in 2012.
Two of Monahan’s hires-men’s lacrosse coach Chris Barrett and former men’s and women’s golf head coach Joey Denton-were honored with Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year designations.
Off the field, Monahan reinstituted the Crusader Club, the official fundraising arm of Belmont Abbey Athletics, and established a corporate sponsorship program through the newly-created sports marketing department. He also oversaw a massive facility overhaul that featured a weight room expansion, the creation of new office space at Sacred Heart Campus as well as in the Wheeler Center, a renovation of the playing floor at the Wheeler Center, acquiring full-time assistant coaches for all programs as well as the construction of new practice fields adjacent to interstate 85 on the edge of campus.
In addition, Monahan coordinated Belmont Abbey’s participation in an upcoming episode of the extremely popular ABC show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which will air in December. A segment of the show was filmed on the Belmont Abbey campus, and the College awarded the Friday family of Lincolnton, North Carolina full tuition scholarships for seven of the family’s children.