Coaching staff update: Monken on Loose DC promotion, Wilt departs to Cincinnati

John Loose earned the opportunity to be Army’s full-time defensive coordinator after calling the Black Knights’ 70-14 win over Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl last month, head coach Jeff Monken said.

Loose, a 13-year Army assistant in two stints, directed the Black Knights’ defense to an academy-record 10 sacks in the bowl game.  Army announced Loose’s promotion on Jan. 10. Loose replaced Jay Bateman, who is now North Carolina’s co-defensive coordinator.

“John has a ton of experience calling games as a defensive coordinator,” said Monken, speaking of Loose’s 14 seasons at Lafayette (2000-13) and three seasons at the Coast Guard Academy (1989-91). “Probably almost 200 games as a DC. He did a great job in the bowl game, both preparing our team defensively and then calling the game.

“Having someone from our staff is really going to help our players transition and our defensive unit transition from Jay to a new coordinator. The terminology stays the same. The philosophy stays the same. Much of the coaching staff is the same. I think it’s a real positive for our program that we were able to keep John and put him in that position.”

Monken said Loose will oversee the defense and not coach a specific position like Bateman did. Some moves were made to, “reposition some of the coaches that are here,” on defense, Monken said.

Defensive line coach Chad Wilt has taken a position at Cincinnati, Monken said. Wilt, who will coach the defensive line at Cincinnati, spent the last three seasons at West Point, where he mentored impact players John Voit, Ray Wright and Wunmi Oyetuga.

“He (Wilt) did a great job,” Monken said. “He’s a terrific coach. A great person and we certainly going to miss him just as we miss Jay.”

Monken said he has hired coaches to replace Bateman and Chad Wilt on staff but couldn’t announce the new coaches yet.

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