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Dr. Saturday

Georgia Southern’s Jeff Monken named new head coach at Army

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Jeff Monken (USA Today Sports)

The search for Army’s new coach didn’t last long.

Just nine days after firing Rich Ellerson, Army hired Georgia Southern head coach Jeff Monken to lead its football program, Army athletic director Boo Corrigan announced Tuesday.

“We want a successful head coach who understands the challenges of working at a service academy, one who could help us win immediately and one who understands the importance of West Point’s mission. We found that in Jeff,” said Corrigan. “Jeff has been highly successful at every stop he has made both on the field and off. We expect him to experience that same level of success at West Point.”

In Monken’s four seasons at Georgia Southern, his teams had a 38-16 record, including this year's upset over Florida. Monken coached the Eagles to the FCS playoffs in each year they were eligible before leading the team’s transition from FCS to FBS play.

“I am thrilled to accept the head coaching position at West Point,” Monken said. “Not only is the United States Military Academy one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, it boasts one of the nation's richest, most historic traditions in all of college football. I am anxious to get started, meet our players, put our coaching staff in place, and begin preparations for the 2014 football season.”

Monken was hired by Georgia Southern after learning the triple option offense as an assistant at Navy and Georgia Tech. He will be officially introduced at a press conference on Monday, Dec. 30 at 11 a.m.

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