Monroe head coach Chad Allen talks to his team Nov. 29, 2018, at Madison. Chad Adolph (center, standing) was named as Allen’s replacement Monday night as he received school-board approval. RICK CASSANO/STAFF

Prep girls basketball: Monroe elevates Adolph to head coaching job

MONROE — Chad Adolph received school-board approval Monday night as Monroe High School’s new head girls basketball coach.

Adolph works in law enforcement and has been with the Hornets program two of the last three years. He was the junior varsity coach last season under Chad Allen, who stepped down after five years and a 68-49 record at the helm.

“I am extremely excited for the future of our girls basketball program under Chad’s leadership,” Monroe athletic director Eric Silverman said. “Chad is a natural leader and is an incredible person of high character who truly believes in using the game of basketball to prepare young women for success both on the basketball court and in life.

“Chad’s vision for girls basketball in the Monroe community stretches well beyond grades 7-12 as he genuinely values the importance of working collaboratively at all levels to develop a program that spans from the youth levels to the varsity team. Chad’s background and experiences have prepared him well for this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to the future of our girls basketball program under his leadership.”

Adolph has coached at various levels over the past six years. He lives in Monroe with his wife Kristen and their two children, Emma and Ryan.

“I am honored and excited the Board of Education and administrators at Monroe Local Schools have given me the opportunity to lead the girls basketball program,” Adolph said. “I am excited to share the sideline with a great coaching staff as we strive to continue building our program to be the best place to play girls basketball centered around our core values of Together, Tough, Accountable, Selfless and Thankful to transform our players into strong and confident women for life.”

Adolph said the identity of the Monroe program on his watch will be toughness.

“We will be dreaming big, starting small and ridiculously faithful to creating a culture where players adopt the mind-set that talent is a gift and greatness is a choice that requires dedication to training at elite levels,” he said. “We will be working to build a defensively focused team which limits turnovers offensively, rebounds the basketball and sprints the floor in transition.”

Adolph grew up in Indiana and was a four-year starter for Angola High School. He led his team to the Elite Eight as a senior and reached the 1,000-point plateau for his career.

He received all-area, all-district and and all-state honors and was recruited to play collegiately, but accepted full academic scholarships to become the first in his family to graduate college. Adolph graduated cum laude from Trine University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting.

There will be an informational meeting for all Monroe students currently in grades 6-11 and their parents on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria.

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