Mauro Monz is in his third year with the Youngstown State football program as the tight ends coach.
In 2012, senior Will Shaw had a break out year at the position. Shaw, a second-team all-conference selection, led the team with 35 receptions, 429 yards and five touchdowns during the campaign. He was the first tight end to lead the team in receptions since Dave McIntosh in 1988. He joins Frank Pokorny and John Goode as the only tight ends to lead the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in the same season. Those players went on to play in the NFL and Shaw should get an opportunity in 2013.
Shaw had 10 receptions at South Dakota State and caught two touchdown passes in the win over Pittsburgh. He also had TD grabs vs. Valparaiso, SDSU and UNI. Nate Adams caught touchdown passes against UNI and South Dakota while Carson Sharbaugh had a touchdown at No. 1 North Dakota State.
As a unit, all three of the tight ends caught touchdown passes during the campaign. They combined for 43 receptions, 562 yards and eight touchdowns. The group averaged 13.1 yards per grab. A tight end had at least one catch in every game.
YSU posted a 7-4 overall mark in 2012 highlighted by a 31-17 win at Pittsburgh, the program's first-ever win over a BCS opponent.
In his first season, Monz worked with four tight ends who caught 21 passes on the season, four of which were for touchdowns. The group averaged 15.5 yards per reception during the 2011 season. Tight ends were a key part of the offense that set a school record for total offensive yards per game (458.6), passing touchdowns (27) and points per game (36.2). During the regular season, YSU was the only team in the FCS with more than 2,500 yards rushing and 2,500 yards passing.
Monz joined Head Coach Eric Wolford’s staff in March 2011 bringing 14 years of previous collegiate coaching experience to Youngstown.
Monz, who has two years of head coaching experience, has been an assistant at Akron, Duquesne and Robert Morris. He was the head coach for two seasons (2003-04) at West Virginia Tech, an NAIA school in Montgomery, W. Va.
He was with Akron from 2006-09 moving from a director of football operations post to wide receivers coach his final three seasons.
While with the Zips, Monz tutored five All-MAC wide receivers, including Jabari Arthur, who established an Akron single-season record for receptions with 86 in 2007. Arthur had 1,171 yards and 10 touchdowns that campaign. Arthur ended his career as Akron’s all-time leader in both receptions (184) and receiving yards (2,653).
In 2008, Monz helped in the development of Akron wide receiver Deryn Bowser, who had 64 receptions for 785 yards. Bowser signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals following his career with the Zips.
During the 2009 campaign, Monz coached the wide receivers for current YSU offensive coordinator Shane Montgomery.
Most recently, he spent the 2010 campaign as a special offensive assistant at Robert Morris under Head Coach Joe Walton. The Colonials had a stellar season winning the Northeast Conference title and advancing to the FCS playoffs for the first time in school history. RMU averaged 28.5 points per contest and 358.3 yards a game. Seven times the Colonials scored at least 30 points, and the offense scored 43 touchdowns in 12 games.
Monz spent the 2005 season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Duquesne for Head Coach Jerry Schmitt. DU averaged more than 26 points and 300 yards a contest that season. The stint was his second with the Dukes as he served in the same positions during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. During his first two seasons with Duquesne, he helped the Dukes finish 12th and 11th at the FCS level in scoring offense.
Prior to accepting his first assistant job at Duquesne, Monz served an stint as assistant recruiting coordinator at Pittsburgh, where he helped the Panthers land a recruiting class ranked in the top 25 nationally, featuring Larry Fitzgerald and Tyler Palko.
Before joining the staff at Pittsburgh, Monz served as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Robert Morris where he was part of four Northeast Conference championship teams.
In 1999, he served as quarterbacks and special teams coach for Team USA in the Team USA vs. Team Florida college all-star game.
Monz was a first-team All-MAAC defensive back for the Dukes in 1994 and 1995 and was a member of DU’s first MAAC championship team in 1995. He finished his career second on DU’s all-time list with 12 interceptions.
The Pittsburgh native earned his undergraduate degree in elementary education in the fall of 1996 and completed work on his masters degree in instructional leadership at RMU in 1999.
Monz and his wife, Dana, have three children, daughter Dea and sons Dominic and Dylan.