Jack Monick

About This Inductee

Jack graduated from Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School in1969, where he was the quarterback on the varsity football team and captain of the 1968 and 1969 Wyoming Valley Catholic League baseball championship teams. Jack received MVP Awards from the Catholic League; Sunday Independent; Wyoming Valley Super All Star Baseball Team; and Wyoming Seminary; and in 1969, was drafted by the New York Mets as a pitcher. In 1984, Jack was honored to be inducted into the Wyoming Seminary Hall of Fame. After Seminary, Jack continued his education on scholarship at Arizona Western Junior College, where he served as class president and played varsity baseball. In 1971, he transferred to Bradley University where he played varsity baseball while completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts. Jack subsequently earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Scranton. Jack taught physical education and coached a variety of sports in the Wilkes-Barre School District for eight years before taking over the Penn State University Wilkes-Barre campus athletic program in 1984 and teaching kinesiology for the next 26 years until retirement in 2011. During his tenure at Penn State, Jack was selected as President of the Council of Athletic Directors and member of the University’s Executive Committee restructuring CES Athletic Intramural and Recreational Sports Programs (AIRS). On the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus, Jack was most proud of being part of the lives on his student athlete changing the eligibility rules from two years to four years of the PSUAC, three presentations at the National Collegiate Directors of Athletics, starting the Penn State Open Golf Tournament and being the director of the USCAA National Golf Tournament. He started, coached or advised countless intercollegiate teams, sports clinics and summer sports camps. He has been honored by the campus with the Fran Brown Hayfield Award, President’s Award and inducted to the campus Wall of Fame in 2011. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Robert J. Scannel Roll of Honor by the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC). Since 1995 he has served in a variety of positions within the United States Tennis Association, as USTA/Middle State Board of Directors, President of the Eastern Pennsylvania District, Manager of Valley Tennis and Swim Club, Tennis Pro at Newberry Country Club, and Glenmaura National Golf Club. Other affiliations include Keystone Games and Wyoming Valley Athletic Association. After retirement from PSU WB, Jack’s passion for photography was able to come to fruition, with exceptional opportunities to shoot USTA, NASCAR, PSU, USCAA, Keystone Games and wedding events. Jack’s family includes his wife of 33 years, Valerie, two daughters Kaitlin and Corrine and two grandchildren Anna and Steven. His parents are Dolores and John Monick, sisters Donna Albright and Michelle Grant.