After starting his coaching career as an assistant coach at Metropolitan Community College 25 years ago, Marty Kilgore has reached yet another milestone with the Monarchs: his 500th win. With Kilgore in the dugout, the MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs coasted to an easy 12-2 home win over conference rival St. Charles Community College April 11.
After serving as baseball coach at MCC-Longview in 1990, Kilgore came to MCC-Maple Woods as an assistant coach in 1994. He helped lead the Monarchs to the National Junior College Athletics Association’s (NJCAA) Division 1 World Series in 1998. Since becoming head coach in 1999, Kilgore has kept the wins and the accomplishments coming. Under his guidance, the Monarchs have won seven regional championships (1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2013) and have made more than 10 appearances.
Mirroring his number of regional championships, Kilgore also has been named NJCAA Region XVI Coach of the Year 7 times. His focus on conditioning and fundamentals has allowed many of his players to move on: many transfer to four-year institutions, some are signed to regional or minor league teams, and 23 have gone on to sign contracts with a Major League Baseball team. He coached current MLB players Albert Pujols (Los Angeles Angels) and Logan Morrison (Seattle Mariners).
“Marty has brought a wealth of experience and professionalism to the Monarchs,” said Brian Bechtel, Maple Woods’ athletic director. “We’re proud to support him as he earns this important milestone in his career.”