Karen Monez

Karen  Monez

Head Coach | 13th Season


Rifle Finishes Third at NCAA Championships

TCU takes second in air rifle competition


Rifle Earns 12th Straight NCAA Bid

Frogs will compete for third national title.


Rifle Claims PRC Championship

Horned Frogs are back-to-back champions


Miles Perfect Score Highlights Rifle’s Win

Miles becomes second athlete to fire a perfect air rifle score twice in her career


Rifle Continues Strong Start

Marsh leads all shooters in match

The 2011 CRCA Coach of the Year and 2007 NRA Distinguished College Coach of the Year, Karen Monez just completed her 12th season as the Head Coach of the nationally-recognized and highly-regarded TCU Women's Rifle program.

The Horned Frogs have risen to national prominence under the guidance of Monez as TCU recorded a top-five national ranking in each of the previous eight seasons, including a pair of National Championships in 2010 and 2012. Since making the NCAA Championships in 2007, the Frogs have not missed, making nine straight appearances.

In addition to the national titles, the Frogs have notched two fifth-place finishes (2007 and 2009), third place finishes in 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2015, as well as a sixth place finish in 2014. Additionally, Sarah Scherer took home the individual smallbore national championships in 2010 and 2012.

In 2012-13, Monez closed the chapter on a dominating four-year run as the senior trio of Sarah Beard, Caitlin Morrisey and Sarah Scherer wrapped up their careers with their third straight undefeated regular season. The Horned Frogs won 41 straight regular season matches dating back to the 2009-10 campaign. Since the start of the 2009-10 campaign, the squad lost just three matches total.

The successful regular season translated to another solid showing in the National Championship match at Ohio State. The Frogs took home their first Smallbore National Title en route to a third-place finish. TCU fired a 2,347 in air rifle and combined with its smallbore score (2,317), posted an aggregate score of 4,664.

The senior class that put TCU rifle on the map had a four-year record of 48-3. In four years, they claimed two National Championships (2010 and 2012) and finished third twice (2011 and 2013).

TCU rose to the top again in 2012, riding an undefeated regular season to its second NCAA Championship in the last three seasons. In addition to being crowned the team champions, the squad took home the air rifle national championship for the second time in the last three seasons. Sarah Scherer earned her second career individual title in smallbore. All five shooters on the finals squad earned All-American honors, as TCU totaled nine selections between the two disciplines.

Another prestigious honor was realized under the direction of Monez as Sarah Scherer represented the United States at the 2012 London Olympics. She was one of two shooters to earn a spot on the air rifle team. Scherer qualified for the finals and finished seventh at the Olympic Games.

The program has received respect at the national level since Monez took over. In 2009, TCU played host to its first-ever NCAA National Championship. The success of the tournament lent itself to a second bid to host as the committee brought the championships back to Fort Worth in 2010.

TCU made the most of its hosting opportunity by taking home the team title. Additionally, the squad was crowned the air rifle National Champions, while Sarah Scherer took home the National Championship trophy in smallbore. The squad was the first-ever all-female team to win the National Championship.

At the 2009 NCAA Championships, the Frogs finished fifth overall and were the only all-female squad competing at the national competition while seven other programs were filled with a co-ed roster. Under the direction of Monez, Mattie Brogdon finished third overall in air rifle, which was the highest-finish in program history, and seventh overall in smallbore.

Since taking over the helm of the Frogs' rifle program, TCU has become one of the most dominant programs in the country that has received national recognition. Monez has guided nine Frogs to All-American accolades in Erin Lorenzen, Emily Paper, Simone Riford, Lauren Sullivan, Sarah Scherer, Sarah Beard, Caitlin Morrissey, Mattie Brogdon and Catherine Green. In total, Monez has coached these eight athletes to 34 All-American honors.

Lorenzen and Riford became the program's first three-time All-American award winners since Sue Ann Sandusky during the 1972-74 campaigns. In addition, Lorenzen became the first shooter in program history to capture All-American accolades in both air rifle and smallbore. Lorenzen added to her accolades in 2010 as she was named the Most Outstanding Shooter of the 2010 National Championships.

The Frogs made their first national splash during the 2007 season when TCU garnered its first-ever berth at the NCAA National Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Frogs finished fifth overall and were only 39 points behind the first-place winner.

The Frogs had four team members - Lorenzen, Paper, Riford and Sullivan - each earned top-25 individual honors, and Monez was selected as the NRA Distinguished College Coach of the Year.

During her tenure as head coach, Monez's shooters have filled the record books after setting high marks in air rifle and smallbore. Under her direction, the Horned Frogs have set every team and individual record in both air rifle and smallbore.

After accepting the opportunity to lead the women's rifle program on June 1, 2004, the Frogs quickly rose to national prominence. In two short seasons, Monez guided the Frogs to the NCAA Championships where they have become a staple.

A veteran of competitive shooting, Monez has participated in smallbore, air rifle, 300-meter high power, air pistol, smallbore silhouette, high power silhouette and cowboy action shooting.

The TCU Head Coach captured a gold medal at the 1979 World Championships in air rifle and regained her spot at the top in 50-meter standard rifle during the 1989 World Championships.

Monez spent 25 years in the United States military where she was a three-year member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit International Rifle Section and 22 seasons as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve Shooting Team. A resident athlete at the United States Training Center, Monez has competed in both domestic and international shooting competition, including touring over 20 countries during her career.

The TCU Head Coach was a member of three gold-medal Championship of Americas Teams (1977, 1981 and 1985) and three World Championship Teams (1978, 1979 and 1982) during her impressive shooting career.

During her career, Monez captured individual medals in five World Cup competitions, including four gold crowns, to go along with eight individual titles at the U.S. International Shooting National Championships. Monez also competed at the National Rifle Championships for 20 years and recorded 15 individual titles to go along with four team championships.

Monez has recorded 55 individual crowns to go along with 42 team national records and has competed in some of the biggest events in the world, including the NRA  Indoor National Championships, Silhouette Rifle National Championships and Cowboy Action Shooting National and World Championships.

Monez's most recent shooting endeavor has been in Cowboy Action shooting where she has captured titles at both the World Championships and European Championships to go along with three gold medals at the National Championships.

A member of the NRA, Monez is also affiliated with USA Shooting, Texas State Rifle Association and Single Action Shooting Society. Monez was recognized by Shooting Sports Magazine as one of the 50 Greatest Shooters of the 20th century.

Monez and her husband, John Chapman, reside in Weatherford.

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