Duane Monlux completed his seventh season as the head baseball coach at Bellevue University in 2017 and has compiled an overall record at BU of 307-108-3 (.738). The Bruins have averaged a 44-15 record in his seven seasons at the helm and have gone an average of 50-13 in the last three years. Monlux has an overall career record of 539-275-5 (.661) in 17 seasons as a head coach. Bellevue has won more games over the past seven seasons than any other college baseball team in the state of Nebraska.
In his first seven seasons at BU, he has led the Bruins to one Avista-NAIA World Series berth (a third place finish in 2016), seven-straight NAIA National Championship Opening Round appearances, four regular-season conference titles and a trio of conference tournament championships. The 2017 club was one of just eight NAIA programs to earn the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award.
Bellevue notched their second-straight 50-win season in 2017 posting an overall record of 51-11. The Bruins claimed the NSAA regular-season title with a 23-1 conference mark and reached the semi-finals of the league tournament. The regular-season title earned Bellevue a seventh-straight NAIA Opening Round bid which they hosted at Don Roddy Field. Bellevue posted a 2-2 mark in the tournament, falling to USAO in the championship round. BU maintained a top-10 national ranking throughout the entire regular-season and finished the year ranked No. 11, the highest of any team that did not appear in the Avista-NAIA World Series.
The 2016 season saw the Bruins return to the biggest national stage with Coach Monlux directing Bellevue to their first World Series appearance in eight seasons. Bellevue came within a game of the National Championship Game once reaching their World Series and were the only team to defeat eventual champion Lewis-Clark State. The Bruins recorded a 54-12 record on the year - their third-most wins in program history - and posted a 20-3 mark in conference play. Under Monlux's guidance, Bellevue won their NSAA regular-season and tournament championship in their debut season in the league before going on to claim their first Opening Round title in comeback fashion, battling out of the loser's bracket to oust Davenport. BU was a perfect 7-0 in extra-inning games, 50-0 in games allowing five or fewer runs, and did not lose back-to-back games at any point during the campaign. Following the conclusion of the season, Monlux was tabbed the ABCA NAIA Regional Coach of the Year.
He led the Bruins to a 46-15 overall record and an 18-6 tally in league play with a No. 16 final national ranking in 2015. BU finished just a game out of first behind MCAC co-Champions Oklahoma Wesleyan University and York College during the regular season but claimed a victory over Oklahoma Wesleyan to claim the final MCAC Tournament Championship. Bellevue posted a 12-10 record against teams that were either ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches' Poll. The team hosted the 2015 NAIA Opening Round, reaching the final game before succumbing just one game shy of the Avista-NAIA World Series.
Monlux guided the Bruins to a 40-17-2 overall record and an 18-6 mark in the MCAC with a No. 14 final national ranking in 2014. BU finished runner-up to third-ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan University in the conference regular season and tournament. The Bruins defeated seven NAIA top 25 teams, including top-ranked Oklahoma Baptist University in the NAIA Opening Round. The team finished as runner-up the 2014 NAIA Opening Round, missing the NAIA World Series by one game.
In 2013, Bellevue was ranked as high sixth in the NAIA and finished with an overall record of 45-10-1 en route to its second-straight conference regular season title with a 21-3 mark. The Bruins owned the 2nd highest winning percent the NAIA (.812) during the 2013 campaign.
Monlux, who also serves as the NSAA baseball rater, was named the conference's Coach of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. He currently sits on the NAIA National Selection Committee to help decide the qualifiers for the NAIA Opening Round Tournaments. He has had 23 players sign professional contracts. He has had five players drafted in the MLB Draft. John Timmins (San Francisco Giants) and Leland Tilley (St. Louis Cardinals) were both selected in the 32nd round of the 2016 draft. Stephan Meyer was drafted in the 18th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015. Three Bruins signed with MLB clubs at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Brennan Henry (drafted in the 17th round by the Kansas City Royals), Kyle Kinman (drafted in the 25th round by the Atlanta Braves), and Galli Cribbs (signed a free agent deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks).
Prior to Bellevue, Monlux spent nine seasons as the head coach at Dickinson State University where he compiled a 232-167-2 (.581) overall record and led the Blue Hawks to three Dakota Athletic Conference regular season and three DAC tournament titles.
His DSU squad claimed the 2009 DAC regular season championship and the Blue Hawks also earned back-to-back DAC regular season titles in 2006-2007. He also guided the Blue Hawks to the DAC Tournament titles three-straight seasons from 2006-2008. For his efforts, Monlux was named the ABCA NAIA Region III and DAC Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2007. He was also named DAC Coach of the Year in 2009. The 2007 squad set a DSU single-season record for winning percentage (.756) and wins (34).
Monlux led the Blue Hawks to their only five NAIA Region III tournament berths in school history (2008, 2007, 2006, 2004 and 2003). The 2007 squad became the third team in school history to win at least 30 games when DSU finished 34-11. The 2007 and 2003 teams both finished second at the NAIA Region III Tournament. The Blue Hawks were ranked No. 18 in the final 2007 national poll and as high as No. 20 during the 2008 campaign.
Monlux participated in football, baseball and basketball while attending Dickinson State. He was named the DSU Male Athlete of the Year for the 1997-98 school year. He was twice named to the NDCAC all-conference baseball team. In addition, he was a three-time first team all-conference football player and a two-time NAIA football All-American. In 1995, he led the nation in kickoff return average (33.7 yards per return). He ranks second in DSU football history for career touchdowns (43) and career points scored (262). He is the only player in school history to have over 1,000 yards rushing, passing and receiving in his career.
Monlux played professional football in the National Indoor Football League for four seasons as a wide receiver. He played two seasons for the Wyoming Cavalry and two seasons for the Bismarck Roughriders. He was named the NIFL Wide Receiver of the Year in 2001.
A 2009 Dickinson State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Monlux also served as an assistant football coach and an assistant professor in the HPER department at DSU.
A native of Gillette, Wyo., Monlux and his wife, Roxi (a 3rd grade teacher at Wake Robin Elementary), have two children, Easton (10) and Emree (8).
Updated June 27, 2017