Army is expected to name Georgia Southern’s Jeff Monken as its new head coach.
Monken took over the Eagles in 2010 and was 38-16 in four seasons, winning double-digit games and making the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs each of his first three seasons. Georgia Southern finished 2013 just 7-4, but they became the first FCS team to ever defeat Florida.
Prior to GSU, Monken was an assistant at Navy under Paul Johnson from 2002-07. He followed Johnson to Georgia Tech in 2008, before taking the Georgia Southern job.
Monken’s triple option-based offense and his experience coaching at a service academy made him a top target for Army.
The cousin of current Southern Mississippi head coach Todd Monken, he replaces Rich Ellerson who was fired last week after a 20-41 record in five seasons with the Black Knights.
Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, Jets special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica and Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan were among the others considered for the Army job.
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