March 25, 2016Meet Marshall Crane – A boomerang NH native who’s running a country club, a nonprofit organization, and The Boston Marathon. #RunMarshallRun

Marshall Crane is the General Manager of Lake Sunapee Country Club and Founder/President of the Frank Monahan Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance in the betterment of the lives and athletic experiences of the youth of Concord, NH and surrounding communities and continue the legacy built by Coach Frank Monahan, a former coach at Bishop Brady High School. He’s also training to run in The Boston Marathon on April 18.


Why did you decide to start the Frank Monahan Foundation?


When I moved back to New England from Miami, I started talking with my two good friends, Jeremy Woodward and Billy Collins, about starting a foundation to give back to the community in which we were raised. It was only fitting to name it after Coach Monahan, who had such an immense impact not only on our lives, but on the lives of so many others. He was an inspiration to his family, friends and generations of student athletes. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but 4 years later, it’s incredible to see how much we’ve grown.

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February 13, 2016Monahan Foundation Basketball Showcase takes the court Sunday

Bishop Brady High School is the place to be on Sunday for hoops junkies, or anyone wanting to see some top-notch high school basketball.

Brady will host the 3rd annual Frank Monahan Foundation Basketball Showcase with five games featuring some of New England’s top prep school teams, as well as a game between Brady and Merrimack Valley.

The day begins at 11 a.m. with Williston Northampton School from Massachusetts taking on Proctor Academy, featuring three current Division I college recruits.

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May 16, 2015Letter: Respect parks and fields

I would like to thank the city of Concord for its continued support of the Frank Monahan Foundation. Named after the legendary basketball coach, the foundation has been able to raise money to give back to the community in various ways to help support the children of our great city over the past three years.

One donation in particular that was made in 2013 was to help build a brand new outdoor basketball court with glass backboards at Kimball Park. This donation was to benefit the Concord Boys and Girls Club facility and the Concord Recreation Department. The project was completed in June 2014 and looks amazing.

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May 12, 2015Boxed out: Vandalized backboard at Concord’s Kimball Park means half-court hoops for now

Sean Nolan goes to Kimball Park a couple of times a week to launch jump shots and unwind after work.

Nolan, who lives across the street from the new court, occasionally jumps in a full-court game. Those games are on hold after one of the new glass backboards was vandalized over the weekend.

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March, 2015Two GIANT Donations...

Early this fall Jason Lane, our music teacher, reached out to our current families and alumni asking for donations of used musical instruments for his class. True to our community, he received several donations. What he didn't anticipate was the check for $3,000 from the Frank Monahan Foundation. During a regular Monday morning school meeting on December 1, Jason was surprised with the $3,000 check by memebers of the Frank Monahan Foundation. Jason didn't let the ink on the check dry before he ordered serveral needed keyboards for his spring semester class!

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February 16, 2015Bishop Brady Tops Lebanon in D2 Showdown

2 of the top teams in Division II went at it on Sunday afternoon in Concord, as Bishop Brady led by as many as 24 (50-26 in 3rd quarter). Lebanon made a resilient comeback, cutting the lead to just 6 in the 4th quarter. Brady was able to hold on for the 62-52 win, to improve to 12-2 (15-2 overall) on the season. All 5 Giants starts scored 9 points or more, led by senior point guard Jourdain Bell with a team-high 20. Sophomore point guard KJ Matte dropped a game-high 23 for Lebanon.

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February 16, 2015New Hampton Beats #2 Ranked Notre Dame Prep

As part of Sunday afternoon's Frank Monahan Foundation Basketball Showcase, the New Hampton School Huskies beat the #2 ranked team in the country, Notre Dame Prep 77-66. New Hampton got off to a strong start, leading 32-12 halfway through the 1st half. The Huskies are a very big team, with a starting lineup that goes 6'11", 6'8", 6'7", 6'6" and 6'2", plus a 6'10" kid coming off the bench. Their length was definitely a factor and they were also very active on defense, and as a result Notre Dame struggled to score in the 1st half and dug themselves into a 20 point deficit.

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February 16, 2015Snow can’t stop Monahan Basketball Showcase

Another dumping of snow on the state trimmed the field for the 2nd annual Frank Monahan Foundation Basketball Showcase yesterday, but the three games that were played provided plenty of oohs and aahs.

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February 14, 2015Basketball talent converges at Bishop Brady for Frank Monahan Foundation Showcase

A year ago, Isaac Copeland was playing in the Bishop Brady gym for Brewster Academy in the Frank Monahan Foundation Basketball Showcase. This year, he’s a forward for Georgetown University, earning Big East Rookie of the Week honors two weeks ago.

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February 11, 2015Frank Monahan Foundation aims to raise $10,000 for local kids with basketball tournament

The late Frank Monahan was a beloved New Hampshire coach for 30 years, from the early '60s until his sudden death in 2000.
His contribution to youth sports, and children in general, is something that those he mentored say they will never forget.

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February 11, 2015High School Basketball: Top talent will play in Concord

The Frank Monahan Foundation Basketball Showcase is back for its second year and will be held Sunday at Bishop Brady High School in Concord.
The foundation, founded by former Bishop Brady and Boston University basketball player Marshall Crane, began in 2013 and hosts some of the best prep school talent in the country for a series of games that will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord and The James Ceriello Scholarship.

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February 10, 2015Bishop Brady is hosting a basketball extravaganza, so you should go

You can get a lot for $10 these days. It would be hard to list all the great things, so we urge you to use your imagination and fill in the blanks.
But on that list you may or may not have made, is there a place where you have the opportunity to watch five, count them five, high school basketball games in one day? Well if not, we do, and it just so happens to be at Bishop Brady High School this Sunday.

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January 20, 2015Bishop Brady ballers get new uniforms from Monahan Foundation

When the Bishop Brady varsity boys and girls basketball teams took the court Friday night, they did so wearing some fresh new gear.

We’re talking brand new Under Armour uniforms, travel suits and shooting shirts. Yeah, we told you it was fresh. That’s not a word we throw around lightly when it comes to athletic apparel.

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December 9, 2014Bishop Brady, Concord High get big checks for musical instruments

During most school assemblies, Bishop Brady music director Jason Lane sits quietly and listens.

That’s because he’s never usually asked to do much of anything. But last Monday’s school-wide meeting took a turn Lane never expected. Marshall Crane, a 1998 graduate of Brady, was there speaking about the Frank Monahan Foundation when all of a sudden he asked Lane to join him on the floor named for the late Bishop Brady basketball coach.

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December 2, 2014Frank Monahan Foundation gifts Brady music program $3,000

On behalf of the Frank Monahan Foundation, Marshall Crane, class of 1998, and Jeremy Woodward, class of 1997, presented a $3,000.00 donation to Jason Lane for Bishop Brady's music program at the school-wide Monday Morning Meeting on December 1. Other board members on hand were Mr. Dale Crane, Ms. Kelly Owen and Ms. Mel Keeler.

June 22, 2014Monahan golf tournament brings in $35,000 for local projects

In just its second year, the Frank Monahan Foundation Fore the Kids Golf Classic raised close to $35,000 last Monday at the Concord Country Club. The money will benefit a number of projects through the Concord Parks and Recreation Department, as well as local schools.

The foundation, created in memory of the longtime Bishop Brady basketball coach, has raised around $56,000 over the first two years of the golf tournament. Out of 30-foursomes, Kevin Harrington, Phil Harrington, John Dunham and Mark Dunham posted the top team score (best ball format) with an 11-under, 59.

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July 9, 2014105.5FM JYY Radio Interview with Nazzy and the Morning Crew

June 24, 2014Do some good for your community, and play a round of golf

Marshall Crane learned a lot from Frank Monahan.

Over four years together at Bishop Brady, the two enjoyed a lot of success. With Monahan guiding the Green Giants varsity boys basketball team and Crane one of the squad’s best players, Bishop Brady had a run of three straight state title game appearances, while bringing home the 1997 Class I championship – the last in school history. But it wasn’t just the skills he learned from Monahan on the court that mattered. It was the lessons off it that made a difference in Crane’s life.

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April 28, 2014Survival of the FITtest presents mental, physical challenges to raise money for Concord youth sports

Looking to gauge your speed, agility and up-for-anything-ness?

One local gym is ready to put you to the Survival of the FITtest on May 10, a tamer version of the extreme outdoors races that have popped up across the country in recent years.

Organizer Eric Marsh of Concord is keeping most details about the race’s obstacles close to his vest for now, but he says people of all levels and abilities should be able to participate.

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April 24, 2014105.5FM JYY Radio Interview with Nazzy and the Morning Crew

Fun Intelligent Training owner, Eric Marsh, on the WJYY Morning Show with Nazzy & Mya discussing the Survival of the FITtest chanllenge race that benefits the Frank Monahan Foundation.

 

February 7, 2014105.5FM JYY Radio Interview with Nazzy and the Morning Crew

February 6, 2014High School Basketball: Contrast of styles when BG visits Trinity

Although Manchester Central is the only unbeaten boys’ basketball team in Division I, there are several teams within striking distance of first place hoping Central stumbles down the stretch.

Bishop Guertin of Nashua (10-1), Trinity of Manchester (9-1) and Merrimack (9-1) are the Division I teams with one loss, and BG will play at Trinity tonight in what looks like the best game on the NHIAA menu. Trinity beat BG 50-46 in last year’s Division I championship game.

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February 1, 2014Basketball Showcase featuring top prep teams back on for Feb. 9

The Frank Monahan Foundation Basketball Showcase, which was snowed out in December, has been rescheduled for Feb. 9 as a tripleheader at Bishop Brady High School.

At noon, Lee Academy of Maine will take on Notre Dame Prep from Fitchburg, Mass. At 1:30 p.m., Bishop Brady’s boys will take on Kennett. Then at 3, Jean-de-Brebeuf from Montreal will play Brewster Academy.

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January 18, 2014It wouldn’t be Concord without... The Frank Monahan Foundation board

The Frank Monahan Foundation board members are Marshall Crane, Mike Monahan, Jeremy Woodward, Dale Crane, Billy Collins, Jason Smith and Mel Keeler.

These seven members have come together to form an amazing foundation dedicated to help support local schools and community programs, and to improve the lives of today’s youths through sports and education.

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December 12, 2013Top prep basketball powers converge on Central N.H.

Do you know where the Miami Heat’s Michael Beasley played basketball before Kansas State? The Trail Blazers’ Thomas Robinson before starring at Kansas? Wayne Selden Jr. before starting as a freshman this year at Kansas?

Notre Dame Prep out of Fitchburg, Mass., Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, and Tilton School, respectively, all part of the Northeast’s prep school basketball hotbed that annually produces some of the top college and pro prospects.

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December 7, 2013 Basketball showcase coming to Bishop Brady on Dec. 15

It’s basketball-apolooza on Dec. 15 when the Frank Monahan Foundation Basketball Showcase hits the court at Bishop Brady High School with a quadruple-header featuring some of the top prep school teams in the country as well as the Bishop Brady boys’ season opener against Conant.

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July 19, 2013White Park Mid-Summer Basketball Classic to be held Sunday, July 21

Rock On Foundation and The Frank Monahan Foundation have partnered to host a high school basketball tournament at White Park in Concord, NH this Sunday. The tournament will feature teams from Concord, Bishop Brady, Merrimack Valley, and Newport.

Early in the spring of 2013, The Frank Monahan Foundation and Rock On Foundation (a 501c3 nonprofit organization) joined forces to upgrade the White Park basketball court in Concord, NH. The partnership is a dual effort to improve the community and to revamp the basketball scene in the capitol region.

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July 10, 2013Rock On Foundation grateful for local support

...the Rock On Foundation was proud to contribute $8,000 directly to the city of Concord for improvements to White Park's basketball court, a project initiated by the Frank Monahan Foundation. Stay tuned for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony and one-day basketball tournament to celebrate the rejuvenation of the court at White Park. Rock On is excited to partner with the Frank Monahan Foundation to improve athletic opportunities for Concord-area residents.

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July 10, 2013Ray Duckler: Raising money in the name of a coach and a friend

Frank Monahan always kept the gym doors open and the lights on, long after the sun had gone down.

“Players play,” the late Bishop Brady High School boys’ basketball coach, who died from a heart attack in 2000, used to say. And to Monahan, those who wanted to play always deserved the opportunity to do so.

It is with this theory in mind, the let’s-play-basketball-366-days-per-year passion, that two of his former players e_SEnD Marshall Crane and Billy Collins – have joined forces with a few other notable area athletes to create the Frank Monahan Foundation, a charity that seeks to inject money into local school districts while adding a face-lift to the basketball court at White Park.

After all, players play.

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May 12, 2013Marshall Crane on WKXL's "The Life with Matt Bonner"

On May 12, 2013, Frank Monahan Foundation President Marshall Crane joined NBA San Antonio Spur, Matt Bonner, and radio host, Chris Ryan on Concord (NH) radio WKXL's "The Life with Matt Bonner" radio show to talk about Frank Monahan and the Frank Monahan Foundation.

 

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