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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Monken officially introduced as Army’s 37th coach (w/video)

WEST POINT – Saying he believes in the details and stressing the importance of fundamentals, Jeff Monken was officially introduced as Army’s new football coach during a press conference Monday morning at Nowak Auditorium.

Monken was announced as Army’s 37th head coach on Dec. 24 and met with local and national media for the time since taking the reins of the storied program.

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan introduced Monken and both men stressed the importance of a winning football program.

9573127Following a brief introduction, Monken answered questions from local, regional and national media, detailing his ties to the triple-option offense, his years spent as an assistant at Georgia Tech and his time as the head coach at Georgia Southern.

With his wife, Beth, three daughters, Isabelle, Amelia and Evangeline, and parents Mike and Nancy with him at West Point, Monken passionately detailed his plans for West Point, stressing the need to win by saying, “we have cadets here who will be serving and second-place is not OK, so it won’t be with us.”

Monken spent the last four seasons as head coach at Georgia Southern after learning the triple-option offense under one of the nation’s premier option proponents, Paul Johnson, during assistant coaching stints at Navy and Georgia Tech.

During his four seasons at Georgia Southern, Monken authored a 38-16 mark and was spearheaded the programs transition to the elite Football Bowl Subdivision level from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) ranks.

Georgia Southern, which will join the Sun Belt Conference next year, was a member of the FCS and qualified for the NCAA playoffs in all three eligible seasons under Monken, advancing to the national semifinals each year while posting double-digit victory totals.

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