Mr. Monty McDermott is entering his 25th year at St. John Bosco High School and his 15th 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 St. John Bosco High School, 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 St. John Bosco High School 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 St. John Bosco High School. 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 41 varsity league titles, 46 CIF titles (team and individual), 16 state titles (team and individuals) and 9 national titles (team and individual). In addition, there have been 220 All-CIF, 51 All-State and 28 All-American student athletes under McDermott’s stretch as AD.
Personally, Mr. McDermott enjoys music, travelling, fishing and going to the movies. 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 2016-2017 school year and another year for St. John Bosco Athletics. I would also like to welcome two new leaders to St. John Bosco High School. Dennis Mulhaupt will be serving as our new President and Fr. Nick Reina is our new Salesian Director. On behalf of all of our coaches and student-athletes, we would like to welcome you to the St. John Bosco High School family! This year is a very special year and our theme in the athletic department is “GRATITUDE.” We are very lucky to have so many blessings in our lives, especially our students.
Congratulations to all of our Brave athletes who competed in and out of the classroom this past school year. In fact, all 12 of our CIF varsity sports earned a team GPA of 3.0 or higher, winning CIF academic honors and 186 of our varsity student-athletes were awarded scholar athlete status (+3.0 TGPA). This is the highest number in the school’s 75 year history. Our teams were also very successful on the field, compiling four league championships and 12 playoff berths. Individual student-athletes in 2015-16 broke 11 athletic records, collected three individual sport Trinity League MVP’s, earned 19 first team All CIF selections and won four CIF individual championships. In addition, we had three student-athletes named first team all-state, one state player of the year, one first team All American, and one national player of the year. In addition, our seniors earned 19 athletic scholarships. What a 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 thank 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 95 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. Our coaches are walking in the footsteps of Don Bosco himself and will continue to be strong role models for our student-athletes. 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 on and off the field!! 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.
To date we currently have earned 11 CIF team championships, two So Cal Regional championships, seven State championships and one National title. We also have 313 All-CIF, 42 All-State and 24 All-American Student-Athletes. We offer 12 CIF-sponsored sports with 38 separate teams. 80% of our student population participates in one or more of our sports, and six of our 12 CIF-sponsored sports are "non-cut," giving all student-athletes an opportunity to participate.
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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