Monty McDermott had an incredible 29 year career at St. John Bosco High School, with 19 of those years as the Director of Athletics. He attended St. Maria Goretti Parish school in Long Beach for eight years before attending SJB, 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 Master’s 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 52 varsity league titles, 79 CIF titles (team and individual), 26 state championships (team and individual) and 11 national titles (team and individual). In addition, there have been 314 All-CIF, 88 All state and 45 All-American student athletes under McDermott’s stretch as Director of Athletics.
Mr. McDermott loved music, travelling, fishing, movies and going to concerts. His memory lives on with his wife Delores, son Monty Jr. and their dogs Sierra and Brave in Long Beach, where they attend St. Maria Goretti Parish.