Todd Skrivseth has been associated with basketball success since playing on Maquoketa Cardinals teams that were Big Bend champion in 1989-90 and 1990-91.
Under coach Bill Fleming, the Cardinals were 26-2 against Big Bend teams and 37-7 overall in those two seasons. They won games by an average of 17 points!
Skrivseth was first-team All-Big Bend Conference as a senior when he teamed with Carl Small in a potent backcourt. Small averaged 21 points a game while Skrivseth averaged 11.6. They had a combined total of more than 30 assists and 156 steals.
He went to Coe College and lettered three years in basketball and was the Kohawks captain as a senior.
Skrivseth began his coaching career at Pacelli High School in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. After one season he was an assistant under Jack Bennett at Wisconson-Stevens Point and then moved to Upper Iowa as assistant basketball coach for the 2000-01 season before an 11-years stay as assistant coach and recruiting athletic coordinator at UW-Whitewater.
Skrivseth was named the head basketball coach at Monmouth College in Illinois in April of 2011.
In 2017-18, the Scotts won the conference and league tournament to qualify for the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time since 1990.
After a slow start last year, Monmouth finished 13-13 and defeated Midwest Conference champ St. Norbert to qualify for the four-team league tournament.
Loaded with talented returning players, Monmouth is ranked in the preseason Division III top 10 teams in the country by the Sporting News magazine!
Skrivseth, starting his 11th season at Monmouth, said the ranking came as a surprise. He expected the team to have a good season but didn’t think the team would be regarded as even a favorite to win the conference. He called the ranking to be a double-edged sword, calling it a “nice honor, but rankings don’t win you a title.”
“It’s a fine line between success and failure. Right now, we haven’t done anything on the court,” he explained.
Skrivseth’s parents are Terry and Bonnie Skrivseth, Maquoketa natives.