January 1st, 2014
Jeff Monken Named New Army Football Coach
WEST POINT – Jeff Monken, the highly successful head coach at Georgia Southern University, has been named Army’s new head football coach, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan announced today.
Monken, one of the preeminent option coaches in the country, becomes Army’s 37th individual head coach to lead the Black Knights’ historic football program.
Corrigan and U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen conducted a thorough national search before selecting Monken.
“We were fortunate to have an excellent pool of candidates to consider,” said Corrigan. “We were very impressed with each of the individuals we interviewed. There was tremendous interest in the position nationally and we felt there were several very qualified candidates, but throughout the process Jeff separated himself from the others. His passion, energy and strong experience in turning around a program immediately helped him rise to the top of our list.”
Monken was officially introduced during a press conference on Monday.
“We want a successful head coach who understands the challenges of working at a service academy, one who could help us win immediately and one who understands the importance of West Point’s mission. We found that in Jeff,” said Corrigan. “Jeff has been highly successful at every stop he has made both on the field and off. We expect him to experience that same level of success at West Point. We could not be more excited to have Jeff , his wife Beth, and their three daughters join the West Point family and lead our football program.”
Said Caslen, “Jeff will help us to build leaders of character on and off the football field and is the perfect choice to lead our football program. As a former player, I am excited about Jeff’s enthusiasm, desire to succeed and tremendous track record of success.”
Monken spent the last four seasons as head coach at Georgia Southern after learning the triple-option offense under one of the nation’s premier option proponents, Paul Johnson, during assistant coaching stints at Navy and Georgia Tech.
During his four seasons at Georgia Southern, Monken authored a 38-16 mark and was spearheaded the programs transition to the elite Football Bowl Subdivision level from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) ranks.
Georgia Southern, which will join the Sun Belt Conference next year, was a member of the FCS and qualified for the NCAA playoffs in all three eligible seasons under Monken, advancing to the national semifinals each year while posting double-digit victory totals.
“I am thrilled to accept the head coaching position at West Point,” said Monken. “Not only is the United States Military Academy one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, it boasts one of the nation’s richest, most historic traditions in all of college football.”