Mr. Monty McDermott is entering his 26th year at St. John Bosco High School and his 16th year as Athletic Director. He attended St. Maria Goretti Parish school in Long Beach for eight years before attending St. John Bosco High School, graduating in the Class of 1986.
While attending SJB, Mr. McDermott was a captain and all Del Rey League performer in baseball and football. In his senior season, he set a national high school record vs Don Bosco Tech, hitting three home runs (two grand slams) and finishing the day with 14 RBI's, which stands today as the California state record. Mr. McDermott went on to play baseball at the University of San Diego, later transferring to the University of La Verne, where he was a captain and All-West Region outfielder for the Leopards. He graduated from University of La Verne and earned a professional clear teaching credential in Kinesiology and Biology in 1991.
In 1992, he came home to SJB as a PE teacher, baseball and football coach. Throughout his years here, Mr. McDermott served as a teacher (Math, Physical Education, Science and Health), Dean of Discipline, Department Chair, baseball and football coach before becoming Assistant Athletic Director in 1999. In 2001, Mr. McDermott earned a Masters Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and was named Athletic Director in the fall of 2002. He currently serves as the CIF Representative for the Trinity League.
In 2007, the CIF named Mr. McDermott the first Champion for Character individual award-winner in the history of SJB. The school has won this prestigious award three times (a current record); in addition, four coach-administrators and six student-athletes have won this award. Under Mr. McDermott's tenure as Athletic Director, the Braves have won 43 varsity league titles, 53 CIF titles (team and individual), 19 state championships (team and individuals) and 10 national titles (team and individual). In addition, there have been 248 All-CIF, 55 All state and 30 All-American student athletes under McDermott’s stretch as AD.
Personally, Mr. McDermott enjoys music, travelling, fishing, movies and going to the concerts. He lives with his wife Delores, son Monty Jr. and their dogs Sierra and Brave in Long Beach, where they attend St. Maria Goretti Parish.
I would like to welcome all of you to the 2017-2018 school year and another year for St. John Bosco Athletics. I would also like to welcome our new principal Dr. Christian DeLarkin to his new position. On behalf of all of our coaches and student-athletes, we would like to welcome you and wish you the best as you lead the St. John Bosco High School family! In addition, I would like to mention the tremendous accomplishment of senior cross country and track student-athlete, Colby Corcoran. He was selected as a CIF SS Section Champion for Character Award winner due to his amazing accomplishments on the field and in the community. Congrats Colby!
Congratulations to all of our Brave athletes who competed in and out of the classroom this past school year. In fact, all 13 of our CIF varsity sports earned a team GPA of 3.0 or higher, winning CIF academic honors and 210 of our varsity student-athletes were awarded scholar athlete status (+3.0 TGPA). This is the highest number in the school’s 77 year history. Our teams were also very successful on the field, compiling three league championships, 12 playoff berths, two semi-final appearances, two CIF championships and one state title. Individual student-athletes in 2016-17 broke 12 athletic records, collected four individual sport Trinity League MVP’s, earned 29 first team All CIF selections and won four CIF individual championships. In addition, we had six student-athletes named first team all-state, one state player of the year, two first team All Americans and one national champion. In addition, our seniors earned 25 athletic scholarships. What a fantastic year!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who make the St. John Bosco athletic program a success. First, I want to start by thanking the parents, who spend so much time volunteering and supporting their sons on and off the field. I would also like to give gratitude to all of my alumni brothers, friends and fans who have supported St. John Bosco athletics over the years with prayers, attendance and support. Lastly, I want to thank the Salesians, our faculty, staff, administration and board of directors for all of the love, support and guidance they have given our student-athletes and coaches.
A special thanks goes out to our 100 coaches and athletic staff, who put in countless hours of effort. They are not only preparing our young men for their sport of choice, but are also forming their future lives as well. Finally, I would like to thank our student-athletes. I honestly believe that we have exceptional young men here at St. John Bosco High School. I am confident that their hard work and commitment on and off the field will make all of us proud of their extraordinary endeavors. I pray that all of us will continue to support these young men in a positive and spirited way so that they will continue their success. God Bless!
Class of 1986
Director of Athletics
(562) 920-1734, ext. 250
The St. John Bosco High School Athletics Program was established to offer lessons in spirituality, stamina and teamwork. Our interscholastic program teaches the Salesian qualities of sacrifice, self-discipline and dedication.
These character-building tools - along with perseverance, the desire to play fairly and grace in winning and losing - further the school’s goal of fostering individual growth and physical activity, which lead to mental and physical health. The Braves compete in the Trinity League, recognized as the most competitive league in California.
We currently have earned 119 league championships, 14 CIF team championships, 2 So Cal Regional championships, 8 State championships and 1 National title. We also have 425 All-CIF (22 CIF Players of the Year), 58 All-State (13 state champions, 4 State players of the Year) and 32 All-American Student-Athletes (9 Individual National Champions, 2 National players of the Year). We offer 13 CIF-sponsored sports comprising of 39 separate teams. In addition, we have 2 club sports. 80% of our student population participates in one or more of our sports, and six of our 13 CIF-sponsored sports are "non-cut," giving all student-athletes an opportunity to participate. In 2016-17, all 13 of our CIF Sports were named All Academic CIF with each varsity team’s GPA above a 3.0.
At all times, the program is complementary and supportive of the Salesian Educational System, which emphasizes the concepts of teaching and serving youth while incorporating the all-important tenants of religion, reason and loving kindness.
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