Dan Monson

Dan Monson (born October 6, 1961)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Eastern Washington Eagles
Current conference: Big Sky Conference
Gonzaga record: 52-17 (.754)
Minnesota record: 118-106 (.527)
Long Beach State record: 275-273 (.502)
Eastern Washington record: 0-0 (.000)
Overall record: 445-396 (.529)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2024-present Eastern Washington
2007-2024 Long Beach State
1999-2007 Minnesota
1997-1999 Gonzaga
1988-1997 Gonzaga (asst)
1986-1988 UAB (grad. asst)

Dan Monson Facts

  • Daniel Lloyd Monson
  • Born October 9, 1961
  • Hometown: Spokane, Washington
  • Alma Mater: University of Idaho (BS, 1985) / University of Alabama at Birmingham (M.Ed., 1988)
  • Father, Don Monson, was head coach at both Idaho and Oregon
  • Started coaching with two seasons as a graduate assistant at UAB under head coach Gene Bartow
  • Spent nine seasons at Gonzaga as an assistant under Dan Fitzgerald before taking over as Zags head coach in 1997
  • Won the WCC regular season in each of his two seasons as Gonzaga head coach and went to the 1999 NCAA Elite Eight
  • Was head coach at Minnesota for eight seasons, going to one NCAA Tournament and four NITs during his tenure
    • Accepted an offer to be the head coach at Washington in 2002 before being convinced to stay at Minnesota
  • Resigned from UM after a 2-5 start to the 2006-07; following that season, was hired at Long Beach State
  • The following month, Monson was hired as the new head coach at Eastern Washington in the Big Sky

Dan Monson Coaching Tree

  • J. B. Bickerstaff (Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets)
  • Kevin Burleson (Rio Grande Valley Vipers)
  • Mark Few (Gonzaga)
  • Bill Grier (San Diego)
  • Ben Johnson (Minnesota)
  • Jim Molinari (Western Illinois, Minnesota, Bradley, Northern Illinois)
  • Leon Rice (Boise State)
  • Ryan Saunders (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Derek Thomas (Western Illinois)
  • Bill Walker (Missouri S&T, Illinois-Springfield)