The hiring of Jeff Monken as Army’s 37th head football coach elicited a number of reactions across the country:
Paul Johnson, head coach, Georgia Tech, for whom Monken worked as an assistant coach for 13 years "Jeff Monken is an outstanding football coach. He is a tireless worker who will do the right things to build a program and he will be a great leader. Jeff was a loyal assistant coach for me for many years and I'm excited for him and this opportunity."
Dan Radakovich, Director of Athletics, Clemson University “Jeff Monken is one of the bright young coaches in college football. He is a leader and is well prepared for this opportunity. Coach Monken and his teams will be outstanding representatives of the U.S. Military Academy on and off the field. Congratulations to Army for making an inspired choice.”
Pete Lembo, head coach, Ball State "Jeff is a terrific guy and an outstanding football coach. He and his family will be a great fit at West Point. Jeff will be the perfect leader to re-energize the Army football program and build support in the community."
Carl Poelker, former head coach, Millikin University, for whom Monken played in college “The characteristics that make Jeff such a good coach is that he was one of those kids that was no great athlete but became a great player. He knew what it took to develop. When he worked his way into the Milliken Hall of Fame, they asked me some questions and I said it then too. He was one of those players who didn’t have great speed but was willing to catch the ball in the briar patch, in the middle of the field. And he was probably the best blocker we ever had. He was also one of those chemistry guys who made everyone around him better. That carried over into the coaching part. I had a chance to visit with him at Georgia Southern and I was able to observe. He is very detailed oriented. Very detailed. He is what I would call a ‘coach’s coach’ and a ‘player’s coach’ and that’s rare. He is not wrapped up in the ego part of it. If he can help a player, he is going to help him. If he can help another coach, another high school or college coach, he is going to help him. He is unique and he is going to be successful at Army.”
J.J. Wilcox, Safety, Dallas Cowboys, four-year letter winner at Georgia Southern
“He was a great coach, a great man. He loves his team, loves his family and loves the game. Coach is a great fit for Army. He knows how to win and he knows how to handle players. He makes you want to run through a brick wall for him.”
Charles Davis, FOX NFL Analyst
“Hire Jeff Monken from Georgia Southern and don't look back, Army. He understands the military system. He was an assistant at Navy for all those years they were riding roughshod. He understands how it works. He has a love of the military academy. The guy can coach. He digs the military, he understands it, he understands what's going on.”
Brooks Keel, President, Georgia Southern University
“While the entire Eagle Nation is sad to lose Coach Monken, we are equally proud of what he accomplished here and of his move to Army. As a coach, Jeff Monken is, in my opinion, the whole package. He obviously knows the Xs and Os of football. But the thing that impresses me most about Jeff is his devotion to developing the entire young man, not just the athlete. He always stresses excellence in both the classroom and on the gridiron, and he encourages community service every chance he gets. He is a strict disciplinarian but is also quick to praise a job well done. Family is first with Coach Monken, and his love for family carries over to his team in every way. It has been a rare privilege for me to work with Jeff Monken, and I will always consider him a first-class coach and a true friend.”