Monica Jackson-Stanford is a 1998 graduate of Fontbonne University with a major in Business. She was a two-sport athlete who excelled in both basketball and soccer. Monica transferred to Fontbonne in her junior year having attended Florissant Valley Community College as a freshman and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside as a sophomore. She is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas-Mercy High School.
Monica holds several basketball statistical records of note. These include most points for a single season, 467; most field goals for a single season, 191; and most rebounds for a single season, 289. These were achieved during the 97-98 season. During that year, she averaged 18.7 points per game. Monica was a SLIAC All-Conference selection both of her years of play.
“Monica was a fierce competitor with the belief that the sole reason to compete was to win," said her Fontbonne basketball coach Keith Quigley. "At 6’2, her physical size was an intimidating factor, but her desire to compete and her sheer determination to succeed are what separated her from all the other athletes.”
Coach Quigley equates Monica’s influence as one of the reasons Fontbonne began its dominance of the conference in women’s basketball. Monica also excelled as a goalie on the women's soccer team.
Monica’s ‘life after college’ has been an exciting one. She enlisted into the United States Air Force in 1999 and was stationed at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach Florida. She worked as an Aircrew Life Support Technician for the MH-53 Pave Low Rescue Helicopters. In her free time Monica plays basketball with the women’s base team and was selected in the top ten out of forty air force women all over the world to represent the All Air Force Women’s Basketball team. During Monica’s two years her team captured bronze and silver medals in the tournament. In 1999 Monica elected to change her MOS to the medical field. She attended four months of pharmacy training. Following the September 11th tragedy, Monica was deployed to Afghanistan.