Mary-Frances Monroe is entering her third season at the helm of a rising Atlantic Coast Conference soccer power in Coral Gables.
Miami finished 9-8-1 in Monroe's first season, ending with a perfect 5-0-0 mark through its non-conference slate and putting forth an impressive season in a challenging ACC schedule.
Monroe joined Miami after seven years as the head coach of the University of Albany in the America East Conference. A well-respected player and instructor, Monroe competed on the field with the Boston Breakers of the WPSL Elite League as recently as the 2012 season.
Charged with building the Great Danes program from the ground up, Monroe and her coaching staff won 2009 America East Co-Coaching Staff of the Year honors in just her third year at the helm. During that season, the Great Danes earned the first Division I postseason berth in program history.
Just one year later in 2010, the Great Danes finished with a 10-8-2 record under Monroe’s direction – the first winning season for the program since 1988. Albany would win its first postseason tournament match in program history that season, advancing to the America East semifinals.
Her success would continue in 2011, as the Great Danes won seven consecutive games heading into their first-ever appearance in the America East Conference Championship game. Four of Monroe’s players were selected all-conference, among 13 who earned that recognition over her seven years as leader of the Danes.
A four-year college All-American at the University of Connecticut and UCLA, Monroe has served as liaison for U.S. Soccer's National Training Centers covering the New England area, including regions of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Maine.
During her time as a student-athlete at UConn and UCLA, Monroe was a candidate for the Hermann Trophy - awarded to the best female college soccer player in the country. As a freshman with the Huskies, the Northport, N.Y., native set the program’s single-season record with 65 points. Monroe was rewarded for her spectacular debut with BIG EAST Rookie of the Year honors and first-team all-conference recognition.
The former Soccer America Freshman of the Year earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCLA in 2003.