Jeff Monken on contract extension

Who is the longest-tenured Army football coach since the legendary Earl “Red” Blaik?

Bob Sutton, now Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator, currently holds that distinction serving nine seasons (1991-99).

Jeff Monken could catch or pass Sutton with the news of his contract extension last week. Still no confirmation on the length of the contract, but athletic director Boo Corrigan said, “it’s years added,” to Monken’s original deal, a six-year contract.

Monken, in his fourth season at West Point, discussed the contract extension with the Times Herald-Record after Tuesday’s practice.

Is this a place that you could see yourself coaching the rest of your career?

“Yeah. I don’t know if I’ve ever taken a job and felt, ‘I don’t see myself sticking around here very long.’ It’s hard to get a job. It’s even harder to keep a job. So when you got one, you work as hard as you can to keep the job that you have and I got a job that I love. I’m passionate about what I do and I’m also passionate about coaching here and coaching these young men. It is a special opportunity to coach a game that I love and to be a part of an organization where you get to go and compete and do that in front of 108,000 people (Saturday at Ohio State). A lot of people don’t have jobs like that and a lot of people are envious of jobs like that. I’m not saying that’s an enviable position sometimes. Our jobs can be very difficult and very stressful…

“I really enjoy my job. What makes it even better is being able to coach these guys. The maturity of these young men the self discipline that they have, they have an internal drive that’s either there when they get here or it’s quickly developed when they get here and they want to be the best that they can be and they work at all of the time. It’s fun to be around people like that. As enticing as it may look from somebody looking from the outside, ‘well why wouldn’t you want to be the coach of the Green Bay Packers?’…There’s something about the quality of people that you get to be around every day. I think the young people, our students here at the United States Military Academy, are some of the best in the nation. So, it’s really a privilege and an honor to be here and my family loves it here. I’m glad to be here and I hope they will keep me around for a long time.”

Saw a tweet from a Nebraska fan, wanting you to be the Cornhuskers next coach? There’s a million Green Bay Packers fans and a million Nebraska fans and they all got their own takes. That does mean anything. I’m glad to be here.”

Seeing how long Jim Young (eight years) and Bob Sutton (nine years) coached here, now you have the opportunity here as long as those coaches and experience success like they had? “I really still feel like our program is still building. It should always be building. We are still not to a level where I feel really good about and now we have to build on that and really got to the next level of success. We’re still a young program in terms of me being here with these guys and the people we have on the field…

I look at the guys we have coming back (next year) even the guys that are veteran guys in our program – Bryce Holland and Andy McLean. It seems like they’ve been around a long time. They still have another year left. Kell Walker is just a sophomore. You have (Darnell) Woolfolk and (Andy) Davidson and (Calen) Holt. Those guys are all going to be back for another year. We are getting closer to building the depth in the roster that we want. That’s going to come with time and I’m excited about the future of the program. That’s one of the things that I’m so pleased that Boo (Corrigan, Army athletic director) and Gen. (Robert) Caslen (West Point superintendent) have enough confidence in the job that we are doing as a staff and the things we are doing as a team and said, ‘You know what, we want to keep this going.’ I really believe we are going to get better.”

How reassuring for commits and recruits it is to know that you are going to be the coach for their time here? I’ve had kids that we have committed and they sent texts when they saw it and they said, ‘Coach, I’m so glad you are going to be here.” I am too. I’m glad I’m going to be here.”

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