Florida State Hall of Famer Monk Bonasorte dies after brain cancer battle
Florida State Hall of Famer and senior associate athletic director Monk Bonasorte has died after a bout with brain cancer. He was 59.
"Monk was a loyal, dependable giant of an athletics administrator whose hard work and dedication to Florida State and Florida State Athletics extended into the larger FSU and collegiate athletics communities," Seminoles athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a statement. "Monk was a devoted, highly-respected athletics staff member who was beloved by all who came to know him....
"FSU may have lost one of its brightest stars but the legacy that Monk leaves will endure in all of our hearts and minds forever."
Mr. Bonasorte starred at safety for FSU from 1977-80, recording 15 interceptions, including eight alone in 1979. FSU inducted him into its athletics hall of fame in 1995.
Mr. Bonasorte spent the past nine seasons overseeing the football and women's soccer programs, among other responsibilities. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, and sons, TJ and Rocky.
FSU coach Jimbo Fisher released this statement Sunday afternoon:
Nobody cared more about Florida State University and its student-athletes than Monk. He dedicated his life to Florida State and was a pillar of strength for our football program during the last year. Monk was a tremendous administrator who I was lucky to work closely with from the time I arrived here. Most importantly, Monk was a great friend and he will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Beverly, his two sons, T.J. and Rocky, and the rest of his family.