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Dan Monson Biography

Dan Monson was born October 6, 1961 in Spokane, Washingtonand is an American college basketball coach. He was hired as the head coach ofthe Long Beach State 49ers on April 7, 2007. Previously he was head coach atthe University of Minnesota for over seven seasons, from July 24, 1999, toNovember 30, 2006. Before coaching the Gophers, he was the head coach atGonzaga for two seasons, where he had spent the previous nine seasons as anassistant coach.

After graduation from college, Dan Monson was a high school coach in OregonCity, Oregon for a season, then became a collegiate graduate assistant underGene Bartow at UAB in 1986, where he earned a master's degree in education.

In 1988, after two seasons in Birmingham, he was hired byHead Coach Dan Fitzgerald as an assistant coach at Gonzaga back in Spokane. In1994, Monson was promoted to associate head coach, and became Gonzaga's headcoach upon the retirement of Fitzgerald in March 1997, at the age of 55. Whileat the helm at Gonzaga, the Bulldogs compiled a 52-17 (.754) record. The 1999team brought Gonzaga basketball to national prominence with an impressive runin NCAA tournament. In the West regional, the 10th seeded Zagsdefeated 7th-seed Minnesota and 2nd-seed Stanford in the Seattle sub-regional,and 6th-seed Florida in the Sweet Sixteen round in Phoenix. Gonzaga advanced tothe regional final (Elite Eight), taking the region's top seed, and eventualnational champion, Connecticut down to the last minute, losing by five points.

Dan Monson became one of the more sought after coachingcandidates in college basketball in the spring of 1999. After Gonzaga'simprobable run to the Elite Eight, he was offered the head coaching position atthe University of Minnesota, which he accepted. Mark Yudof, then president ofthe University, was hoping that Monson would be able to help the program movepast the scandals of previous head coach Clem Haskins. In the previous season,Gonzaga had defeated Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA tournament.Assistant coach Mark Few succeeded Monson at Gonzaga. Interestingly, Monsonalso had ties to Minnesota already, as his father Don was born in ruralMenahga, Minnesota.

In April 2002, Monson was courted by the University ofWashington to run the Washington Huskies men's team and return to his homestate of Washington. Monson initially accepted the offer presented by HuskiesAD Barbara Hedges.[2] The Minnesota athletic department under Tom Moe convincedMonson to change his mind and stay on with Minnesota.[3] In the end, Monsondecided to return to Minnesota because he didn't feel he had given enough timeto the rebuilding effort at Minnesota and hadn't yet attained enough successwith the team.

Dealing with the fallout from the academic scandals of theClem Haskins era, it was several years before Monson was able to recruit onequal footing with other Big Ten coaches. He led the Gophers to one NCAATournament and 4 NIT appearances in his 7 full-seasons as Gophers coach. OnNovember 30, 2006, Dan Monson resigned as head coach of Minnesota after a 2-5start and only achieving a single 20-win season in 7. Assistant coach JimMolinari was appointed interim head coach before Tubby Smith was named the newhead coach after the season.

Monson compiled a 118-106 (.527) record with the Gophers,giving him an overall career record of 170-123 (.580) as a head coach. On April6, 2007 Monson was named the head coach of the men's basketball team at LongBeach State. Under Monson's guidance, Long Beach State has improved eachseason, to the point that on February 24, 2011 Long Beach defeated Cal Poly61-55 to clinch their first Big West regular season title since 2006-07 and the#1 seed in the Big West Tournament. They won their last nine regular seasongames heading into the tournament.

Monson has also coached internationally; he was an assistantcoach on the 1999 World University Games team and the 2004 USA U-20 team.


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