Fountainebleau's Monaghan signs with Spring Hill College
Fontainebleau 2006 graduate Seth Monaghan signed a national letter of intent last month to attend and play baseball for Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala.
Monaghan visited the Spring Hill campus earlier this summer during an official visit.
Seated, Seth Monaghan, a 2006 Fontainebleau High graduate, signs his national letter of intent to attend Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. Monaghan is flanked by his mom Stacey and dad Chris. Standing from left, are, local hitting instructor Scott Lambert, Fontainebleau assistant coach Lance Nelson, Fontainebleau head baseball coach Butch Millet and Fontainebleau principal Johnny Vitrano. (Staff Photo by Mike Pervel)
"I'm really eager to get started. I can't wait to do what I have to as a freshman to get playing time. I really liked the campus and since it is only about two hours from home, that helped me make the decision to go there," said Monaghan.
Monaghan said he got an offer from Southwest Community College in Summit, Miss., and he also considered attending Southeastern Louisiana University and South Alabama among others.
"My new coach (Frank Sims) told me I would see playing time as a freshman. Spring Hill didn't have a good record last year because their top two pitchers got injured early in the year, and the starting shortstop was hurt," he said.
Spring Hill finished 17-32 overall and was 10-20 in conference play.
Head coach Frank Sims described Monaghan as an outstanding baseball player as well as student.
"We're tickled to get Seth. He's a versatile athlete. He's a pretty good hitter and a good infielder. He can also pitch so it's nice to have those options. We're looking forward having him this fall," said Sims.
Monaghan said the Spring Hill coaches said they would probably use him as a third baseman, but he would also do some backup catching and relief pitching.
Monaghan finished his Fontainebleau career as a first baseman along with time on the mound as a spot starter and reliever.
He said he enjoys playing third base and feels that's his natural position.
Monaghan, 5-foot-11, 182 pounds, was named the Bulldogs' 2006 MVP. He batted .330, hitting in the No. 4 hole.
He ripped four home runs and led the Bulldogs with 26 runs batted in. He also scored 14 runs and stole five bases.
He posted a 4-2 record on the mound in 30 innings of work. He posted a 4.48 earned run average while recording 28 strikeouts.
Monaghan helped lead the Fontainebleau Bulldogs to a 21-9 record his senior season. The Bulldogs finished third in District 4-5A with a 9-5 mark before losing to Sulphur in the bi-district round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state playoffs.
Fontainebleau new head coach Butch Millet attended Monaghan's signing and said Spring Hill is getting an excellent player.
"Seth is a role model to players on and off the field. Academically, he does the job in the classroom, and he is a leader in the dugout and on the field. He can do it all. Seth is your basic utility guy because he can play any position. You can put him behind the plate because he has a great arm. He can play first and third. You can put him on the mound as a starter or a closer. Spring Hill is getting a treat by signing him," said Millet.
Millet said Monaghan's work ethic will open doors for him as he continues his career.
Monaghan said his dream is to play professional baseball some day, so he will do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal.
Monaghan named the New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez as his favorite major league player while he tabbed the Texas Rangers as his favorite team.
He has worked over the summer with Brandt Quick of B. Quick Athletic Development to improve his speed and agility.
"I want to make a good impression when I get to Spring Hill. The training has helped make me become quicker, stronger and more explosive, which is everything you need in baseball. It has also given me more stamina," he said.
Monaghan has also taken instruction from local hitting coach Scott Lambert in Goodbee for the past eight years.
"Coach Lambert helped me stay on track mentally and physically during my high school career. It was like a 2-for-1 deal with the psychologist part to go with the hitting instruction. He really helped smooth out my swing," said Monaghan.
Lambert described Monaghan as a tenacious hitter.
"Seth is a battler at the plate who likes to get the job done. He is a clutch hitter, a guy you can count on to put the bat on the ball in tough situations. He is a hard worker, and puts in every waking moment to better himself as a hitter," said Lambert.
"I wish him the best of luck in college and I'll be making some trips to Spring Hill to see him play."
Monaghan graduated from Fontainebleau High with a 3.1 grade point average and said his favorite subject is social studies. He plans to major in secondary education. He hopes to become a high school teacher and possibly coach baseball some day.
He is the son of Chris and Stacey Monaghan of Mandeville.
St. Tammany News
By Mike Pervel
Published on Monday, August 7, 2006 10:07 AM CDT