A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Chris Monette is co-founder of Elevate Your Game.
Monette and co founder Brian O’Neill have a relationship going back to Monette’s playing days at Cibola High School in Albuquerque, where O’Neill was his coach. Monette comes to EYG Hoops after an 8 year collegiate coaching career, most recently with the University of New Mexico Lobos under Coach Steve Alford. In his 3 years at UNM, the team amassed a 74-30 record while recording back to back Mountain West Conference championships,and earned 3 post season appearance NIT 2nd round( twice) and NCAA second round.
The Lobos also had arguably their most successful season in school history finishing 30-5 setting numerous school records and finishing ranked 8th in the country. Monette’s primary duty at UNM was advanced opponent scouting for game preparation. He was also the UNM Lobo Summer Camp Director, overseeing all aspects of Coach Alford’s summer camps.
Before his time at UNM Monette was as an assistant coach for Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan. He joined the Broncbusters after spending the previous year at New Mexico State University under former Sacramento Kings and current Cal State Northridge head coach Reggie Theus.
Prior to NMSU, Monette was with the basketball program at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for three seasons, two under Charlie Spoonhour and current Rebels coach Dave Rice and one under current Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger. The Rebels earned three trips to the NIT during Monette’s time at UNLV. During the summer of 2004, Monette was a Director of Operations assistant for the inaugural NBA Reebok Summer League in Las Vegas.
Monette earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a Minor in Athletic Coaching from UNLV in 2004 and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from The University of Villanova. He played two seasons at Lamar Community College where he was All-Region IX and a NJCAA Academic All American. Monette has also coached AAU basketball in Albuquerque and West Texas with several players going on to play NCAA Division I,2 and Junior College ball. His younger brother, Mikal, was a two-year letter winner for the Lobos in 2003-04.