Army hired Georgia Southern University’s Jeff Monken to be its football coach, nine days after firing Rich Ellerson.
Monken, who had a 38-16 record in four seasons at the school in Statesboro, Georgia, will be introduced in West Point, New York, at a Dec. 30 news conference, Army said yesterday in a statement.
“There was tremendous interest in the position nationally and we felt there were several very qualified candidates, but throughout the process Jeff separated himself from the others,” Army Athletic Director Boo Corrigan said in the statement. “His passion, energy and strong experience in turning around a program immediately helped him rise to the top of our list.”
Monken ran the triple option at Georgia Southern, learning the offense as an assistant to Paul Johnson at Navy and Georgia Tech. The school, which is transitioning from the second level of college football to the Football Bowl Subdivision next season, won 26-20 at Florida in November.
Ellerson was fired Dec. 15 following a 34-7 loss to Navy, dropping the Black Knights’ record to 3-9. He was 20-41 since becoming coach in 2008.