Monken on new assistants Matt Hachmann and Kevin Lewis

Outside linebackers coach Matt Hachmann and defensive line coach Kevin Lewis will take the field for the first time as members of Army’s staff when the Black Knights open spring practice on March 7.

Coach Jeff Monken discussed the additions to his staff in an interview last week.

Hachmann was recommended to Monken by John Loose, Army’s new defensive coordinator. He worked under Loose for eight years at Lafayette. Hachmann was Stony Brook’s linebackers coach the last two seasons.

“John said, ‘Coach, if you are going to hire me as a DC, there’s a guy that I would really like you to think about hiring and it’s Matt Hachman,” Monken said. “He talked to me about him. Matt has had a lot of success as a defensive coordinator himself.

“He was at Towson. They played very good defense at Towson and they went to the (2013 FCS) national championship while he was there. I think that’s going to be a good mix and it’s important to the coordinators to have guys that they trust that they have worked with and they know speak the same language as them.”

Lewis, who coached William & Mary’s defensive line the last five seasons, was highly recommended by Dartmouth defensive coordinator Don Dobes.

“He’s got experience at schools from an academic standpoint that are a lot like ours,” Monken said. “William & Mary is a high academic school. He was at Dartmouth and did a really good job at Dartmouth. I’ve known Don Dobes for many years. John Loose and Don are very good friends. He couldn’t have given him a higher recommendation.”

Lewis will recruit Virginia, an area that departing defensive coordinator Jay Bateman recruited well over the last five seasons. He played his prep football at Varina High School in Richmond and was a three-year starter at Virginia Tech, helping the Hokies to the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference championship and four bowl games. Lewis replaces Chad Wilt, who is now Cincinnati’s defensive line coach. Wilt was also a strong recruiter in Maryland.

“He’s recruited that Virginia, Maryland, DC area for a long time,” Monken said of Lewis. “Jay left that area as a recruiter and that’s really been a fruitful area for us. So we send K-Lew right back in there. I think he’s a real good d-line coach. He has a really good personality and I think he will be good fit for the team.”

 

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