NEC Commissioner • 1987-97
Monasch served as the first full-time Commissioner of the Northeast Conference, and in ten years, helped the NEC develop from its origin as a basketball-only league to a 17-sport conference upon his departure in 1997. One of Monasch's first initiatives was to rebrand the ECAC-Metro Conference as the Northeast Conference in 1988. Along with the identity change came a move to larger, more centralized office space and additional conference staffing. Monasch was the catalyst in the addition of six NEC-sponsored sports, including football in 1996. He also oversaw the addition of Mount St. Mary's, Central Connecticut State, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, UMBC and Rider as full-time NEC members. It was under Monasch's tenure that the NEC had its greatest basketball success. In 1995-96, the conference sent three teams (Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's and Marist) to the postseason. Monasch was also instrumental in adding the NEC men's basketball title game to the ESPN Championship Week package back in 1988. During his term as NEC Commissioner, Monasch served on the NCAA Council, the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee, the NCAA Special Events Committee and the NCAA Recruiting and Nominating Committee. Monasch went on to serve as the Commissioner of the America East Conference from 1997-05 and has spent the last six years as Director of Athletics at St. John's University.
“Chris provided tremendous leadership during his years as Commissioner of the Northeast Conference and laid the foundation for the future of league,” said Walt Hameline, Wagner Director of Athletics. “Not only is Chris a great administrator, he’s an even better friend. There is no question that Chris Monasch is deserving of his induction into the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame.”