BELLFLOWER – Community of St. John Bosco is in mourning following Saturday’s death of longtime sporting director Monty McDermott.
McDermott, 53, is survived by his wife, Delores, and his son, Monty Jr.
McDermott, a graduate of St. John Bosco in 1986, has worked at the school for 29 years, including 19 years as the School’s Athletic Director. He also served as the CIF representative for Trinity Federation.
We would like to inform you of the passing of our brother, Athletic Director, Monty McDermott (class of ’86). We will miss his presence more than words can express. More information coming soon. Please keep his family and the Bosco community in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/J4SGJjL2xt
– Bosco Athletics (@sjbathletics) January 8, 2022
Braves head coach Jason Negro announced McDermott’s death on Twitter. No cause of death has been revealed.
Statement by Head Coach Jason Negro on the passing of longtime Athletic Director Monty McDermott. Rest in peace with our Brother Bosco pic.twitter.com/MipDUaUwCh
– Bosco football (@boscofootball) January 8, 2022
Negro’s heartfelt quote read:
“It is with a heavy heart that I have informed Brave Nation of the unfortunate passing of our longtime Sports Director and Bosco’s Brother Monty McDermott. Monty has been a pillar of integrity and humility in our Salesian Community since graduating from Bosco in 1986.
“Monty’s impact on the sports community in St. John Bosco will forever be remembered. His fame and legacy will be an inspiration to all coaches, student-athletes and families for years to come.
“As head coach of the St. His guidance and belief in our vision are the two main reasons we are where we are today. It is a privilege to work for such a virtuous and honorable man. We will all miss our leader, yet we will continue to honor his legacy with our work, day in and day out.
“Rest in peace, my brother… ..Go Braves” -Jason Negro, Head Coach ’91
Game night’s best score right here! Monty McDermott in the house! pic.twitter.com/GclSboKT1l
– Jessie Christensen (@HarryandC5) October 16, 2021
In his career biography, McDermott said he enjoys music, traveling, fishing, watching movies and going to concerts.
During his time as a student-athlete at Bosco, McDermott was the captain and All-Del Rey League athlete in baseball and football.
As a senior, he set a national high school record against Don Bosco Tech, hitting three home runs (two wins) with 14 RBIs, a number that remains a state record . He went on to play college baseball at the University of San Diego and La Verne University, where he graduated in 1991 with a degree in kinesiology.
In 1992, McDermott decided to return to Bosco as a PE teacher, baseball and football coach. He has served a variety of roles on campus as a math, physical education, science, and health teacher. He was also Dean of the School’s Disciplinary Department and Head of Department before becoming assistant athletic director in 1999.
McDermott earned a Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sports Administration from California State University, Long Beach before being appointed athletic director of St. John Bosco in the fall of 2002.
McDermott’s tenure as sporting director at Bosco was unmatched. Under his leadership, the Braves have won 52 league championships, 79 CIF titles (team and individual), 26 state championships (team and individual) and 11 national titles ( team and individual). Additionally, there have been 314 All-CIFs, 88 All states, and 45 All-American student athletes under McDermott as Director of Athletics.
Meanwhile, McDermott has received condolences from across Southern California and the national high school sports landscape.
You are the key to my return to Bosco. Road trips together to watch wrestling playoffs. My car buddy of the out-of-state soccer game. When I heard the news today, it really surprised me. U don’t just give me advice as a father, as a colleague and as a friend. I will miss you ANH! pic.twitter.com/3jm5j29M8t
– Burrel Lee III (@ burrellee3) January 8, 2022
The Swordsman community sends its sincerest condolences to the McDermott family and the Brave community. May he rest in peace with the angels in Peace.🙏#Braves
– @SwordsmenAthletics (@SPHSSports) January 8, 2022
RIP Mr. McDermott. He was a great man and a legend at St. John Bosco. Monty was on the sidelines when we first met him covering Bosco during the Josh Rosen days, and it wouldn’t be a Bosco game without him on the sidelines… He’s going to be missed. great number of. https://t.co/bzhhg5G5Jm
– Football team. (@FootballRecruit) January 8, 2022
– Damien Athletics (@DamienSports) January 8, 2022
We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the McDermott family and the entire Bosco community during this time. A great person and a leader. Rest in peace, Monty
– Football Mater Dei (@MDFootball) January 8, 2022
A brave pass and pass.
A Bosco alumnus.
A Bosco coach.
A Bosco teacher.
A Bosco Sports Director.
A Salesian Educator.
A friend to many people.
– Bosco Athletics (@sjbathletics) January 8, 2022
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/01/08/st-john-bosco-athletic-director-monty-mcdermott-dies-at-53/ Sports director of St. John Bosco Monty McDermott Dies at 53 – Orange County Register