Jeff Monken was named the 37th head coach in Army football history on December 24, 2013. Since that time he has been busy reaching out to his assistant coaches at Georgia Southern, other associates in the coaching fraternity in putting together the best staff possible. The former head coach at Georgia Southern knows what it takes to recruit at a service academy. Monken served as an assistant to Paul Johnson at Georgia Southern, Navy and Georgia Tech. He did a nice job as a recruiter at Navy and understand the importance of a national recruiting model for success at a service academy.
Brent Davis will be Army's new offensive coordinator. Davis served both as Monken's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Georgia Southern. He ran the spread option the last four years. Davis had hoped to replace Monken but Georgia Southern has decided on a national recruiting search. Davis did a nice job leading the Eagles to two top five finishes in the national rankings for rushing offense. They led the FCS in 2012. Davis joined the Eagles after four seasons as the offensive coordinator at VMI when the Keydets were an option team. The Keydet option attack led the FCS in rushing yards in 2008 and 2009. Davis was named interim head coach of VMI in January of 2008. Davis is an aggressive recruiter who signed the largest class in Keydet history with 28 players. Davis had previously coached at George Southern as Mike Sewak's offensive line coach from 2022-2005. Davis is widely recognized as the recruiter who landed FCS stars, quarterback Jayson Foster and safety Chris Covington. Foster won the 2007 Walter Payton Award as the best player in the FCS. Chris Covington was named the 2008 Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Davis had played at the Citadel as a tight end for Charlie Taaffe in 1992-1993 before transferring to Georgia where he was on the SEC All-Academic team as a senior. Davis has been successful as a coordinator and is a terrific recruiter down South.
Monken also added Bryan Cook to the staff. Cook had spent last season as Georgia Tech quarterback and B-backs, or fullbacks, coach. Cook has Army ties. He served four years as head coach at the United States Military Academy Prep School when it was located in Monmouth, N.J. He compiled a 28-22-1 record. His 2008 team finished 7-3 and the 2006 squad went 8-2. The 2006 USMAPS team featured future Army stars Josh McNary, Stephen Anderson, Donovan Travis and Patrick Mealy. Cook followed former Army offensive coordinator Tim Walsh to Cal Poly to oddly enough replace Rich Ellerson's staff who took Army jobs in 2009. Cook, was named Cal Poly offensive coordinator and quarterbacks and fullbacks coach. The Mustangs ranked third nationally in 2012 in FCS rushing offense (324.2 yards per game), seventh in scoring offense (36.7 ppg) and first in pass efficiency (175.7). At Georgia Tech he recruited the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia area. Mitch Ware the associate head coach at Georgia Southern will join the staff as quarterbacks coach. Ware had served as offensive coordinator at Georgia Southern and had coache at Navy under Charlie Weatherbie. Two other Gerorgia Southern assistants Sean Saturnio who was the tight end coach and running back coach Lamont Stewart will join Monken's staff.
At least two members of Ellerson's staff are expected to stay on under Monken. Todd Spencer served as Army offensive line coach working with the offensive tackles this past year. Spencer and Monken were on Paul Johnson's staffs at Navy and Georgia Tech. Spencer has extensive experience coaching mostly with option offensive lines his entire career. Todd is a very intense and fiery coach. Spencer is also a successful recruiter at both Georgia Tech and Navy with experience recruiting in Georgia, Florida and Texas among other areas. The other current assistant coach expected to remain is Tucker Waugh, the wide receiver and slotback coach. Monken knows Waugh well and the two are friends. Waugh arrived at West Point in 2000 with Todd Berry. He was retained by Bobby Ross. After two seasons at Stanford he rejoined Stan Brock's staff and then was kept on by Rich Ellerson.
Monken will conduct exit interviews and speak with the rest of Ellerson's staff next week. Monken would be wise to consider keeping either Ian Shields and or Andy Guyader on his offensive staff in my opinion. Both are quality option coaches and have done a nice job recruiting out West in their time at West Point. It's an area Army had struggled in recruiting previously before the former Cal Poly staff arrived. Monken has no contacts out west with the current staff. He is still in discussions with other coaches in assembling his initial staff. Monken will announce his new staff once everyone is in place next week.
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