Monken speaks at AFCA convention

Jeff Monken addressed hundreds of his peers Tuesday morning at the American Football Coaches Association convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Monken spoke during the same session as Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. Boasting about Army’s 10-3 season wasn’t on Monken’s agenda.

“I’m not going to talk about our team or our accomplishments,” Monken said in an interview last week. “Nobody is interested in that. I’m going to talk about the things that they ask me to talk about. My story, how I got here, our academy, the great things about academy, a little bit about the daily life of a cadet.”

Monken continued, “I’m more going to talk about our responsibility as coaches in general to this game, to our young people. Not only teaching the game properly and safely to protect our game but morals and ethics and standards that we set for our young men that we coach in this game and our sense of responsibility. Often times, we are the only role models that these guys have. To teach values and service to others and what it means to be part of the team, the important things in this profession. The Xs and Os, the wins and losses, those aren’t the important things. I’m going to talk about the important things.

“I’ve been going to these conventions for almost 30 years and I marvel at the coaches that get to talk during these general sessions to 1,000 people. It’s a huge ball room. You can land an airplane in there and it’s full of coaches. To have the privilege to be able to speak to that convention is pretty incredible.”

“People aren’t interested in me or our accomplishments. I think it’s my duty to profession and the association to talk about something that is important to all of us as coaches. I want to make sure I do that along with this is who I am, this is how I got here. That also gives me an opportunity to talk about our team and the young people here and the commitment that they make and the kind of young men that they are and why we able to have success here as a team when we are not as physically talented as most people we play.”



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