Making the transition from athlete to coach is second-year graduate assistant coach Monica Joannes. She enjoyed a stand-out four-year career as a middle distance runner for the Golden Hurricane. Joannes competed for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800-meters as a senior. In 2003, she was ranked No. 23 in the nation for the 800-meters according to USA Track & Field. Joannes also competed in the NCAA Indoor Championship for the 4x400 meter relay.
Joannes completed her career with three individual school records at Tulsa, while being part of six more record-setting relay teams. She owns the school's top times for the indoor 600-yards, as well as the outdoor 800-meters. Joannes won both an individual WAC Championship in the outdoor 800-meters in 2003, as well as running a leg of the conference champion 4x400-meter relay team. She ran the anchor leg of the school record-setting sprint medley relay team, which won at the Drake Relays in 2003, after finishing second in 2002. In 2001, Joannes was also a member of TU's first cross country team to win a WAC Championship.
Joannes, a native of Jefferson City, Mo., earned her bachelor's degree from TU in 2003 in accounting. She is currently working toward a master's degree in business administration.
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