Army has officially named Georgia Southern’s Jeff Monken its 37th head football coach.
The academy confirmed the hiring of Monken, 46, who led Georgia Southern to a 38-16 record in the last four seasons, in a press release Tuesday morning.
Army will hold a press conference to introduce Monken at 11 a.m. Monday.
Monken was chosen over Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, a former Army player and assistant coach, Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, an Army assistant from 1987-99, and Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica, who captained Army’s 10-2 1996 team.
“I am thrilled to accept the head coaching position at West Point,” said Monken in the press release. “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. I am anxious to get started…meet our players, put our coaching staff in place, and begin preparations for the 2014 football season..
“There are so many people I would like to thank for this tremendous opportunity, starting with Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and our Superintendent, Gen. Bob Caslen. I am honored and humbled by their trust in me to lead the West Point football program. I have had the privilege of serving as a coach for several outstanding institutions and am thankful to all of the student-athletes, coaches, and administrators with whom I have worked. Because of their commitment, dedication, and loyalty, this opportunity to serve at West Point has been afforded to me. More than anyone else, I want to thank the men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation in the United States Army. I am proud to be your head football coach. ”
Prior to Georgia Southern, Monken spent two years (2008-09) as Georgia Tech’s running backs and special teams coach and six years (2002-07) in the same capacity at Navy, learning the triple-option offense at both schools under Paul Johnson.
Army athletic director Boo Corrigan, superintendent Robert Caslen and members of Caslen’s staff interviewed the candidates.
“We were fortunate to have an excellent pool of candidates to consider,” said Corrigan in a press release. “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.”
Caslen said in a press release: “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.”