Sources tell us that Georgia Southern head coach Jeff Monken will be the next head coach at Army.
Late last week we highlighted the hurdles that the new head coach of the Army program would inherit, and now it looks like Monken will be the guy to tackle those challenges.
Monken took over the Georgia Southern program back in November of 2009 after serving as an assistant under triple option guru Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech, Navy, and Georgia Southern earlier in his coaching career. As a first time college had coach, Monken has led the Georgia Southern program to a 38-16 record in four seasons, including two first place finishes in the Southern Conference and back-to-back-to-back trips to the FCS semis in his first three years at the helm.
Monken's big signature win came just a few weeks ago when his squad went into The Swamp and beat Florida 26-20.
For a program like Army, getting a guy with an option background like Monken makes a ton of sense. A few years back they experimented the spread, but that was far from successful. If you polled college football fans from around teh country of what the first thought they had when someone says "Army Football", chances are that disciplined, option football is going to be said more times than not. Because of the limitations in recruiting, and the various other restrictions once getting on campus, running the triple option (combined with their inherent discipline) is a great way for them to level the playing field to compete with other larger programs.
Not only is Army getting a quality coach with a tremendous option background, but Monken's time at another military institution (Navy) is also a huge advantage for him as he makes this transition to an Army program with a very proud football past.
Monken will become the twelfth FBS head coach to be hired this season, following Steve Sarkisian (USC), Chris Petersen (Washington), Chuck Martin (Miami, Ohio), Bryan Harsin (Boise State), Dave Clawson (Wake Forest), Bob Diaco (Connecticut), Craig Bohl (Wyoming), Chris Creighton (Eastern Michigan), Dino Babers (Bowling Green), Blake Anderson (Arkansas State), and Charlie Partridge (FAU). The Texas job is the lone remaining FBS job that remains open at this time.
As always, we will have more updates as they become available.