LaMonica Filer attended Point Loma High School until she graduated in 1989. She played all four years on varsity, never missing a game and helping her team compile a remarkable 124-6 overall record. As a point guard, she was the National Assist Leader in 1989, passing off 390 times. She holds many San Diego Country records; among these records are the Highest Free Throw Shooting percentage in a game (11/11) and the most assists per season (390). LaMonica also scored 2,019 career points (#11 in the country); and as a result, she was selected Los Angeles Time San Diego Country Co-Player of the Year (1989) and San Diego C.I.F. Coaches Division 3A Co-Player of the Year (1989).
LaMonica continued her education and her basketball career at Southwestern College. In her two seasons as a guard, she was named to numerous All Tournament teams including First Team pacific Coast Conference and All State. In her sophomore season she also was selected as Honorable Mention All American. Her career stats include 326 assists, 171 steals, and 50 three point shots.
LaMonica earned a scholarship to Norfolk State University where she graduated in 1996. She continued her basketball career there, tying the school record for 20 assists in a game played February 24, 1996, and also tying for 7th place on the NCAA Division II single game assist record. She also helped NSU play two CIAA championships. LaMonica earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from NSU in 1996. Currently she is working on a Master of Arts degree in Criminology at Norfolk State. Continuing her passion for basketball, LaMonica is now serving her seventh season as Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at NSU.
LaMonica’s first memory of life at Southwestern College goes back to her freshman year when she decided to quit the team. Before she was allowed back on the team, Coach Valerie Goodwin-Colbert required her to make up each and every practice she had missed. “I love her until this day for the discipline that she has installed in me. She let me know that no one is bigger than the team. Now that I am coaching on the college level, I see that discipline is the key to success.”
Her second fondest memory came from her sophomore year at the awards banquet. The 1994 team presented Coach Goodwin-Colbert with a plaque and she cried, “I respect Coach because she treated everyone fairly. She and my teammates were a big help to me. I could not afford a baby-sitter, and my teammates would then take turns watching my son ‘Scooter” while I attended classes. There was a lot of love on that team; we were family. I enjoyed my experience at Southwestern College and I would like to thank Coach and my teammates to my success,”
Tonight we acknowledge LaMonica’s outstanding accomplishments as a student-athlete as we induct her into the 2007 Southwestern Athletic Hall of Fame.