Posted: 7:15 pm Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

John I. Leonard coach Wayne Monroe injured in accident 

By Matt Porter

John I. Leonard head coach Wayne Monroe will miss several games following a recent accident at school.

Athletics Director Scott Siegel said Monroe suffered a shattered elbow on Aug. 24, hours before his team traveled to its kickoff classic game at Martin County. He did not coach in that game, a 35-0 win, or Friday’s 41-0 win against Jupiter. He is expected to miss “three or four games,” Siegel said.

According to Siegel, Monroe, a John I. Leonard dean, saw students attempting to leave campus around 1 p.m. on Aug. 24. He chased the students, who scaled a six-foot fence.

The students escaped, but Monroe fell, hitting his head and breaking his elbow.

Monroe was transported to an area hospital and released several hours later. Siegel did not know the full extent of Monroe’s injuries. He said Monroe would have elbow surgery on Wednesday. Since the fall happened on school property and during school hours, Monroe must be cleared by the school district before returning to coach.

John I. Leonard hosts Royal Palm Beach on Thursday. That game will be broadcast on ESPN 760-AM.

Monroe could not immediately be reached for comment.

In Monroe’s absence, his assistant coaches called plays against Jupiter. Junior varsity coach Louis Gouido has handled on-field administrative responsibilities such as speaking with officials.

Monroe is at home recovering, but not far from his players. After the kickoff classic win over Martin County, Siegel said he put his mobile phone on speaker mode so Monroe could deliver them a congratulatory speech.

“The kids have responded real well, the coaches have handled it well,” Siegel said. “We’re doing this together until he gets back.”