The spread option is coming back to Statesboro.
Georgia Southern has hired Georgia Tech special teams coordinator Jeff Monken to be its next football coach.
Monken said he’s always wanted to be a head coach, and to get the chance to coach at a school like Southern, was too good to pass up.
“Anybody that coaches there realizes that … Ga. Southern is a school that people hold in high regard among FCS schools. The last couple of decades, it’s one of the most successful programs in the country,” Monken said.
“Tremendous to be considered and grateful for the opportunity.”
A press conference will be held in two weeks, after Tech plays in the ACC championship game against Clemson on Dec. 5. Monken said his first priority is to help Tech win the title game. He said he and Johnson will discuss if he’ll stay on after the title game.
“Having worked for coach [Paul] Johnson for 13 years, it’s agonizing to know that I’ll be on a different career path, but it’s a tremendous opportunity.”
Monken has served with Johnson from the time the two were previously at Southern in 1997.
In addition to coaching Tech’s kicking and coverage teams, he’s also coached the A-backs.
The Eagles recently fired coach Chris Hatcher after three seasons and a 18-15 record. Since Johnson led the Eagles to national titles in 1999 and 2000, the school has had four different coaches with the hiring of Monken.
Monken said he will call the plays, unless he hires someone whom he thinks can do it. He said he hopes the find the right priority between being the offensive coordinator and head coach, just as Johnson has done at Tech.
“He does such an outstanding job,” Monken said. “Very unique in his ability to do both and do them so well.”
Monken was contacted by GSU athletic director Sam Baker last week and was later offered the job.
One of the reasons he wanted to become a head coach is because he said wants to have more opportunities to positively affect people.
“Everybody in a program looks to your leadership,” Monken said. “It’s a better opportunity to have a more positive impact on a lot more people.”
As for the type of staff he hopes to hire, and the types of players he hopes to recruit, Monken said he wants high-energy coaches and players who are willing to work hard, be tough, and care about the person beside then, which is what he said Johnson has tried to do.
The Eagles ran a mostly pass-heavy offense last year, led by quarterback Lee Chapple, wh o passed for 1,774 yards and eight touchdowns in a 5-6 season.