Quick thoughts: Contract extension for Monken

Athletic director Boo Corrigan announced a contract extension for coach Jeff Monken Thursday afternoon.

The extension is overdue after Monken led Army to its first victory over Navy since 2001 and won eight games (including the Heart of Dallas Bowl), the program’s most since 1996.

What took Army so long?

Corrigan said the athletic department’s transition to the Army West Point Athletic Association, a 501C3 non-profit organization, within the last few months. Navy and Air Force have similar models.

Monken signed a six-year contract when he was hired in December 2013. No words on new deal’s length. When asked if the extention was similar to Monken’s original contract as far as length, Corrigan said it’s, “additional years on the contract.”

“I thought from the minute that we hired him that he was the right guy,” Corrigan said. “I’ve been wanting him to stay. Obviously, there’s more external conversations going on about us being able to do this. I’ve believed from the very beginning as has our superintendent (Robert Caslen) that he’s the right guy. We want to make sure that he feels good about our commitment to him.”

The extension was announced after 3 p.m. Thursday and well after Monken’s radio spot on WFAN’s Joe & Evan at 12:45 p.m.

An online search for Monken’s first contract turns up a Newsday page stating the original agreement was amended on Sept. 1, 2016 and set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020.

If the extension is, let’s say three or four years, Monken’s tenure would pass Jim Young’s (1983-90) and equal or surpassed Bob Sutton’s time (1991-1999).

Corrigan said extending Monken shows current commits and future players that its coach will be at West Point for the foreseeable future.

“I think that’s a very important of what we do is to make sure that we are committed out with our coaches so when you go out on the road recruiting they feel good about our commitment,” Corrigan said. “It’s no different than the commitment that we’ve made to the budget, no different than the commitment to upgrading the stadium. It’s just another point that coach Monken can say, ‘This is the level of commitment that we have at West Point.'”

Some of Army’s 2018 commits may not be joining the team until the 2019 season if they spend a year at Army Prep school. Steelton-Highspire (Pa.) defensive lineman Tim Kater was Army’s first commit of the 2018 class.

“As a future player, it’s means a lot to you,” said Kater of Monken’s extension. “Especially when building a bond with Coach Monken, on and off the field.”

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