Krista (Colburn) Monrean
Krista (Colburn) Monrean is a 2004 Kamiak High School graduate and 4-time All-Wesco South shortstop. During her senior year, she led Kamiak to the 4A District Title, State Quarterfinal, and was named to the All-State Softball team. While at Kamiak High School, she also played select softball for the Washington Lady Hawks.
In a Herald article (featuring a story about her softball success), she said in part “it was good old-fashioned hard-work: I go to high school practice, to individual hitting sessions, or sometimes I do hitting and fielding (sessions) to strength workouts. ”
She continued her softball career at UCLA, where she astoundingly started 233 consecutive games. Krista then spent the 2008-09 season as a 5th year undergraduate Bruins Assistant Coach.
Her college awards and honors include:
· 2005 Women’s College World Series All-Tournament team
· 2006 2nd Team All-Pac 10 Conference
· 2007 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-Pac 10 Conference
· 2007 1st Team Easton All-American, 2nd Team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American and UCLA Offensive Player of the Year
· 2007 & 2008 Pac 10 All-Academic Team and UCLA Scholar Athlete
· 2008 1st Team All-Pac 10 Conference and 2nd Team All-Region
· 2008 Sharron Backus Award – for player best representing all facets of UCLA softball on and off the field
Additionally, Krista kept busy with softball during her summers at UCLA by playing on the Schutt Hurricanes. In 2005 the Hurricanes won the ASA’s National Championship and was named a first team All-American.
Following her wonderful career at UCLA, she returned to the Pacific Northwest to coach a local Rijo Athletics Softball team for 2 years. Her team was crowned regional champions and was able to qualify for nationals both years with the club. Krista retired from her coaching career shortly after.
Krista is now a strategic account manager and resides in South Snohomish. Her family includes her husband James, who played football at Western Washington University; four-year old son Patrick; and two year old son Henry.