Former FSU All-American, current school official Monk Bonasorte dies

Bonasorte, 59, was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2005.

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (AP) – Monk Bonasorte, the former Florida State All-America defensive back who was the school’s senior associate director of athletics, died Saturday night from brain cancer. He was 59.

Bonasorte’s son, T.J., posted news of the death on Facebook on Sunday morning and it was confirmed by the university.

Bonasorte played from 1977-80 and finished with 15 interceptions, which is second in school history. He was a third-team selection to the Associated Press All-America team in 1979 and was inducted into FSU’s Hall of Fame in 2005.

Bonasorte joined the athletic department in 2008 overseeing internal operations for football and women’s soccer.

“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,” coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement.

Bonasorte is survived by wife Beverly and sons, T.J. and Rocky. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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