QUICK PITCH - CATCHIN' UP WITH JACOB MONKS – WINTER 2015
Jacob Monks, Lookouts (2005-2008), recently met up with Coach Fred Zarcilla at The Habit, aka the Lookouts “Grubhouse” for this Lookouts from the Press Box conversation. Monks, also known at “Monksy” during his days as a Lookout, is a 2013 graduate of Rancho Bernardo HS. He was on the baseball team that won the CIF championship his senior year.
FZ – Great seeing you Monksy! How’s college life?
JM – College is everything I expected and more. I’m a junior at Indiana University, majoring in Sports Marketing Management with a minor in Business. Bloomington is a great college town. I believe it has the most ethnic restaurants around the campus. I making my way to eat at all of them!
FZ – I heard you had great internship last summer. How did you get this opportunity and can you share some of your experiences?
JM – I worked for Sports One Marketing in Irving, CA, founded by former NFL quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon. David Meltzer, the CEO, spoke at Indiana and I contacted him for a possible opportunity for an internship. I was a selected as legal intern and got some experience in public relations, sales, marketing.
FZ – Did you get to speak with Warren Moon?
JM - He would stop by the office and speak to the employees. He’s a very inspirational person who shared valuable perspectives on the sports industry.
FZ – Have you ever thought about being a sports agent, sort of like in the movie Jerry Maguire?
JM – (Laughs) That’s a tough business. It’s so competitive, representing and dealing with high profile athletes who put their trust in getting them big contracts.
FZ – What’s your dream job and career aspirations?
JM – I would truly enjoy working in Major League Baseball with a baseball organization. I am hopeful to get an internship next summer with an MLB team and have connections to possibly work for the Mets, Dodgers, Padres and Angels. That might open up some doors…
FZ – Let’s go back in time and share some of your memories playing for the Lookouts. What are some of your fondest memories?
JM – I was on the 13U team in 2007-2008 that won several tournaments and played in the TCS World Series in Steamboat Springs, CO. We were a close-knit team and truly enjoyed our friendships, relationships that contributed to our success. We were a family! I remember our first game of the TCS tournament against the Farmington (New Mexico) Yankees when Coach Edwards put me in to pitch and close the game. I didn’t throw fast but I was dealin’. We went to the championship game and lost to a team from CA that we had beaten three weeks earlier at a tournament at BLD Riverside. We gave it our all and left it on the field.
FZ – You played four years at Rancho Bernardo HS. Tell us about your time there.
JM – I played on the freshman team, and JV’s team for two seasons as a second baseman and shortstop. My senior year, I was a designated hitter (DH). The second baseman at the time was Gosuke Katoh who is now in the New York Yankee organizations. I learned a lot from the RBHS coaching staff, especially from Coach (Sam) Blalock. He taught all of us the value of hard work. Playing in the CIF championship game was really special. As we stepped onto the field during the team introductions, it was both emotional and inspiring when I heard my name announced. We beat Granite Hills 4-2 to win the CIF championship.
FZ – Who are some of the individuals who had an influence on your life?
JM- Definitely my brother Joshua. Josh has been always been there for me to provide advice, counsel and example. He taught me about limitless potential. (Can’t forget Lookouts Coach Pat Edwards, Coach Kevin Frank and Coach Fred Zarcilla )
FZ – Any words of wisdom you can share with our current Lookouts?
JM – Respect and honor the game. Always give it your all when you step on the field. Play the game as if it was your last. Appreciate the game, players, families. Have no regrets!
FZ – Here’s to a great junior year at IU. Go Hoosiers!