Oct. 19, 2006
The Notre Dame Monogram Club recently presented former Irish assistant softball coach Joe Speybroeck with an honorary monogram on Oct. 7, 2006, during the Notre Dame Softball Alumni weekend.
Speybroeck, the former St. Joseph County Sheriff, was instrumental in the development of the Irish softball program during their initial years as a varsity sport. He was an assistant coach under Brian Boulac from 1989-91, and then followed up as a volunteer assistant coach under Liz Miller from 1994-96.
Notre Dame went 230-115 during his six years with the squad and posted three consecutive 40-win campaigns over his second tenure with the program. The Irish reached the NCAA Tournament in 1994, 1995 and 1996.
Speybroeck and his wife Kathy, also a former assistant for the Irish (1993-97), remain extremely close to the Notre Dame softball program and can be seen at many of the team's home games.
Honorary monograms are occasionally awarded to people who have provided exceptional service to the university, whereby extending invitations to them to be members of the Notre Dame Monogram Club. Recipients - whose identities are traditionally kept a secret until the actual ceremonies - are presented with a scroll and blue blazer adorned with the Monogram Club logo.
The select group of honorary monogram winners includes such notables as the late Pope John Paul II and United States President Ronald Reagan; former University president Rev. Ted Hesburgh, C.S.C.; television personality Regis Philbin; and national-championship football coaches Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz.