This episode features a conversation with Jeff Monken, Head Coach of Army West Point Football.
This episode features a conversation between Rich DeMarco, Associate Athletic Director and radio play-by-play announcer for the Army Black Knights, and Jeff Monken, Head Coach of Army West Point Football.
Jeff Monken has an accomplished background in football, both as a coach and a player. Before joining Army West Point football, he was the head coach of the Georgia Southern Eagles football team, and prior to that served under Paul Johnson as a running back’s coach and special teams coordinator at Georgia Southern, Navy, and Georgia Tech. To date, Coach Monken has served eight seasons at the helm of Army West Point football, the 37th individual head coach in program history. His career coaching record stands at 85-55 as a head coach, with a 49-39 mark at Army.
In this episode of On Point and the West Point Association for Graduates ‘Character Cut’ series, Coach Monken talks about the interview process to become the Army West Point head coach, growing the football program as a leader, and the improvements to come for Army football in the future. Coach Monken also talks about the highly anticipated Michie Stadium Preservation Project.
(02:05) Looking back on football in 2021
(03:38) Jeff’s improvements to come in football 2022
(05:12) Impact of the senior class on current team leaders
(07:08) Jeff’s transition from assistant to head coach
(07:54) Jeff’s perception of the Army job prior to becoming head coach
(08:22) The interview process for Army West Point head coach
(11:31) Jeff’s initial steps as head coach
(13:24) Biggest strides made early on in Jeff’s army football program
(15:49) Growing the army football program as a leader
(17:12) Impact of Senior classes on the program
(19:27) Jeff’s take on the value of feedback
(20:26) Impact of Mike Buddy on guiding the football program
(21:48) Michie Stadium Preservation Project