Monken hired to be Georgia Southern’s coach

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.

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November 29th, 2009
4:01 pm

Saint Simon

November 29th, 2009
4:06 pm

if gsu hires this guy that has worked for paul johnson, i would be worried if i was a gsu fan. paul johnson sucks. he got outcoached last night. goes to show you when gt is down and needs to pass, forget it.


November 29th, 2009
4:11 pm

Congrats Jeff, we’re proud of you.

gt in the acc

November 29th, 2009
4:16 pm

doug, did anyone ask cpj about throwing the ball in the last 2 minutes instead of trying to gain yardage on the ground, it seemed like there was time..

shame on ajc

November 29th, 2009
4:24 pm

before the ugayites get on here and destroy the place just thought it was tacky and tasteless that that junkyard blogger guy was making fun of “all the way turnt up”…if he wants to mock the school, gtaa or fans, alumni that is fine but to make fun at these tech players is redneck at its best. What would he do if GT was on here making fun of his children? They are 20 yr olds trying to fire up the crowd and those videos are awesome and produced by the players themselves. Just lowdown for a AJC employee to be allowed to act like that.

Joe Fan

November 29th, 2009
4:26 pm

GT is ranked #10 in the latest BCS poll. Where is UGA ranked? Enjoy Nashvilee guys. Enough Said.


November 29th, 2009
4:27 pm

Great, I hope this means we are going back to CPJ’s offense because it has always been a perfect fit for us.


November 29th, 2009
4:32 pm

saint simon how bout them dawgs

Yard Dawg

November 29th, 2009
4:32 pm

Hey Joe,
You can thank that weak sister conference you play in for your record and ranking.

With love from Saint Simons ….. 30-24 hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

shane ford

November 29th, 2009
4:35 pm

To Joe Fan: True, however it is also true the 5th and 6th place teams in the SEC beat The ACC champions . Even in our wekest years we could go to a BCS Bowl if we were in the ACC

Joe M

November 29th, 2009
4:36 pm


It’s called life. People say mean things sometimes, like, TECH SUCKS, or THANK GOD and GREYHOUND for WOMACK. These things happen in life.

You’re worried because they are 20 years old? My gracious get with reality. most modern day 20 year olds have dealt with much worse than what you speak of. Things such as losing at home after two weeks off to prepare and headed into the JV Championship game to a supposed dead program with no real football team to speak of.

BTW, (((30-24)))!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yellow Fellow

November 29th, 2009
4:37 pm

But you butt sniffers can not have a Tickle Pile like we can………If you are nice you can cum anytime.


November 29th, 2009
4:38 pm

Boo Hoo cry me a river.

Sundance 44

November 29th, 2009
4:42 pm

Who were those guys wearing red jerseys last night? I don’t think I’ve seen them before? They missed five games this year where their presence would have been helpful.
Don’t anybody worry about the Jackets. They are in good hands. Coach Johnson will have them ready to play next week. There is not a team out there that doesn’t have an off day every once in a while. Yesterday was Georgia Tech’s off day. G.T. fans can be thankful their off day came in a game that did not hurt their ACC standings and didn’t do a lot of damage to their national rankings.


November 29th, 2009
4:47 pm

“You can thank that weak sister conference you play in for your record and ranking.”

Thank you weak sister conference!

Yard Dawg, you have a choice of playing in a weak sister conference & a BCS #10 or playing in a “strong sister?” conference & being 7 – 5 & being a BCS “others receiving votes”. But if you like the strong sister conference why do you bitch about your coaches? You have want you want.
I believe last night proived that UGA has one of the best set of coaches in the country. Look for no changes in the coaching staff.


November 29th, 2009
4:51 pm

Great hire…As a former GSU player and Alum. I am thrilled the option is returning to Statesboro. Southern is where the offense originated and its part of the fabric of the football team…..GO EAGLES and may the magical waters of Beautiful Eagle Creek flow again.

Big Man Harris

November 29th, 2009
4:55 pm

The option is to GSU as apple pie is to America!!!!!!!!!!


November 29th, 2009
4:56 pm

Our special teams were almost as bad as our defense this year.. byebye!

Shame - sniff, sniff

November 29th, 2009
4:56 pm

Boo hoo. Every message board on the UGA side of this site has been flooded with buzzing since last year, no matter what the article was about.

Find something else to cry about, or it’s going to be a long year for you.


November 29th, 2009
4:59 pm

For real, throw 3 bombs with nearly 2 minutes and a time out. You were beginning to shred UGA’s defense and you pull this crap. It looked like that moron Chan Gailey was back n the sideline. What a total brain fart!!!!!! Cost us a great chance to make it two in a row!!!!
UGA congrats. For one Saturday your coaches made ours look like the old Gailiey crowd and you deserved a win!


November 29th, 2009
5:02 pm

Good hire GSU. I live in Statesboro, maybe I’ll go to a game now.

Now, let’s get rid of Sam Baker.


November 29th, 2009
5:05 pm

Yes, the ACC is a weak football conference but that’s probably because it’s team don’t lead the nation in penalties (UGA) or players arrested in the off season (also UGA). The schools in the conference are also among the best in the world…see Georgia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, Boston College, etc. The only true academic in the SEC is Vandy and well, we all know about their season.


November 29th, 2009
5:05 pm

Good for you Jeff. Good Luck and best wishes at Ga. Southern.

To Hell with you Dawg Fans. Y’all have been pissing and moaning all year about your coaches. Now you are all happy. I don’t buy it. Good Plan by Bobo for once this year. Well played by the dawgs, but still you are 7-5. How are you really feeling?

All dirt roads lead to Southern

November 29th, 2009
5:06 pm

Georgia Southern made a huge mistake firing Chris Hatcher. The guy coming in to install the option will have to do so with spread offense personnel. Hatcher should have been given at least 4 years to completely install his system. For all you GSU eagles, Adrian Peterson isn’t walking through that door and if he is, he better be able to catch the ball out of the backfield. The GSU president and AD are both idiots!

All dirt roads lead to Southern

November 29th, 2009
5:08 pm

To ALL the Georgia Tech losers, do you want some cheese to go with that wine! Overrated bunch of nerds!!!!


November 29th, 2009
5:12 pm

Lets see, Dawgs have had top 10 recruiting class for 20 years. Hmm, cant win their side of SEC. Hmm. Tech has not had a top 10 class in 20 years. yet GT seems to have as good a record. Secret blessing dawgs won, they get Richt another 5 years and 5 more top 10 classes, and still cannot win the SEC east.
GT is going to win more games in the next 5 years. Hmmm, go Dawgs with no gonads.


November 29th, 2009
5:14 pm

Good to see ole Saint Simons is a fair – weather fan. You’ve been smack talking all year and you lose one game and you’re on the fire Paul Johnson bandwagon?

I’m a huge GA fan but if you think Paul Johnson is a bad coach you’re in la-la land Everything he has touched has turned gold. Anything related to Paul Johnson is worshiped in Statesboro and I think this is a GREAT hire for the Eagles. It gets their fan base excited and that’s big in a town like Statesboro.

Glad Dawg

November 29th, 2009
5:15 pm

I’ve real all posts by Techies and Dawgs alike. Last night was a great ball game for fans on both sides. A ball game to the end. UGA showed up to play for the first (maybe 2nd) time all year. Tech had off night and during the half a quarter that Nesbitt was hurt, they were in a state of panic. But, all the things that have hurt UGA this year didn’t last night. Instead, the Turnovers hurt Tech. 10 UGA points off Tech TO’s. All that being said as PC as I know how to be, I still hate Tech and love to beat them!

Alabama Jack

November 29th, 2009
5:19 pm

Good luck at GSU, Coach. The Eagles just became another one of my favorite teams.


November 29th, 2009
5:20 pm

It’s always been said that Tech fans don’t have long memories (or old Tech T-shirts for that matter). Last year, UGA finished with more wins and a higher ranking than Tech. The Dawgs were in the final top ten. Does any Tech fan remember that? I didn’t think so.

And also, UGA could end up in the Peach Bowl. Tech went to the Peach Bowl last year right? Probably chose to forget that as well!


November 29th, 2009
5:27 pm

Order is restored! GATA!


November 29th, 2009
5:27 pm


Feeling great today! Thanks for asking! How ’bout you? Good luck in that “Championship” game! My son lost his 12 year old Pop Warner “Championship” game today. You probably don’t really care about that though.


November 29th, 2009
5:30 pm

is UGA fans calling tech fans out as being winey.

UGA fans are the most winey fan base in the country.


November 29th, 2009
5:31 pm

This is why I hate UGA. You people have no class when you win or when you lose. Last night your team played better than ours. Congratulations. But no way you convince me or apparently, any of the pollsters, that UGA is really better than GT this year.

St. Simon's Daddy

November 29th, 2009
5:35 pm

State Champions….Does not matter what bowl or overall record. What counts right now is state champions and it hurts or you all would not be moaning and groaning about it. You had your year of hurling insults and bragging. I guess once ever 9 years is not too bad to hear from you so called fans. Your fan base is so pathetic that you can not even sell your own Div. II stadium unless you play a big rival like UGA or Clemson.
Enough Said.


November 29th, 2009
5:38 pm

Shame- Bill isn’t an employee of the AJC and I didn’t think he was mocking the players was he? He made some cracks about the stadium and some other things, but not the players. In fact, he said he thought it was nice that they showed the faces of the players and that they shared their most beloved memory thus far of being a Jacket. Might want to read that one again…..

And UGAy?? Really? Those of us who win and lose well (which is the majority) need to show some class. Those Tech fans who couldn’t show class over last year has saturated the Dawg blogs with crap so some are just feeling the need to give it back for a bit. Hopefully that will calm down soon.

I really don’t think that the need of change in the DC area @ UGA has been covered up by the win last night. It was a great game indeed, but 7-5 isn’t where a program like UGA needs to be very often. We hope this win and the troubles of this year are a building block for the following years under CMR.

Good luck with Clemson!


Biff Pocoroba

November 29th, 2009
5:39 pm

Congrats Monken. Now just take Dave Wommack with you.

St. Simon's Daddy

November 29th, 2009
5:42 pm

GT1990… Get your facts straight. Richt has won or shared the East conference champsionship 3 years, been SEC champs twice and gone to a bowl every year. Been in the top 10 5 times with a overall record of 89-27. Tech can not even compare to that unless you want to talk about all your bowl games which include the Humanitarian and Emerald Bowl. That is low on the totem pole my friend. You have a good coach and a good team but last night you got outcoached and outplayed. You play in a weak conference that never has a dominant team. I think if UGA played Tech’s schedule we would have at least 10 wins if not 11. So before you go running your mouth do some research.
Go Dawgs.


November 29th, 2009
5:47 pm

Funny to see Saint Simons trashing Johnson, he has been on the UGA boards all year talking trash.

Johnson is a great coach in my opinion.

-From a dawg

AIN'T Simon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 29th, 2009
5:54 pm

30-24!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


November 29th, 2009
6:00 pm

Good game Dawgs. Congrats. Your team just came to play, it’s as simple as that.

Tech fans, let’s hold our heads up and head into Tampa with something to play for, because if we don’t we are going to the Gator Bowl and that WAS NOT our team’s goal. Let’s go Tech. Finish off Clemson once and for all and finish the season strong.


November 29th, 2009
6:13 pm

Great win for UGA last nite.It sure is funny to hear to someone like saint simon saying cpj sucks.He has elevated Tech to the top of the acc and is a great coach Just goes to show how ignorant you really are.GO DAWGS!


November 29th, 2009
6:17 pm

gsu fire’s hatcher and then hire’s another option based coach… you are a bunch of idiots… now you have to start all over… once upon a time it was in vogue— now we have to look forward to another 3 to 4 yrs of mediocrity… hatcher should have been given a couple more yrs to install his system… kinda sad… gsu deserves more than to run a high school offense… and to the former gsu player– the offense is a flash in the pan… sad and pitiful…


November 29th, 2009
6:21 pm

oh and all you georgia tech homers… … 30 to 24 and 7 out of 8yrs… and you played the worst georgia team in 25yrs… should have been 8 for 8 except for the total collapse of the georgia defense last year…. for the last 365 day’s i have had to hear this and that for a game decided by 3pts… ” who owns who “… georgia tech reminds me of the little brother that finally beats big brother at horse… whoop bitch slap boy’s back to reality… LOL


November 29th, 2009
6:22 pm

oh and before you start ranting about your going to the acc championship game… who care’s… call me when you win more than 1 in a row ( which was a fluke to begin with ) your the little brother in this state and you will always be…


November 29th, 2009
6:25 pm

I am for it. It will bring back some fun to watching a game in Statesboro. A good hire. Someone of the Ga. Southern family will know what it takes to get the program back into shape. A good hire!!


November 29th, 2009
6:27 pm

Good hire for GSU. Just hope they give him more than 3 years to get things turned around.


November 29th, 2009
6:28 pm

Hey Joe Fan,
Do you really want to start bashing on UGA’s bowl appearance this year? Please! How many BCS Bowl games has your 2nd place GA team gone to? ZERO. You haven’t even beat Clemson yet, so I would keep my pie hole shut. UGA has gone to 3 BCS Bowl games since Richt has gotten there and are 2-1 in BCS Bowls. Where has GA Tech spent their last years in bowl games? Seattle, San Francisco and Boise. The first time you guys actually played your bowl game on New Years, you got humiliated in your hometown by LSU, another SEC team. Give me a freaking break. With your defense, I would be scared to death when someone mentions C.J. Spiller. He will make the Tech defense his bitch just like Ealey and King did last night. I am a UGA graduate and fan and when we beat FL in 2004 and 2007, I didn’t start running my mouth off to FL fans. Do you know why? Because I know UGA has been Florida’s bitch the last 20 years just like GA Tech has been UGA’s bitch for the last 20 years-I mean the last 45 years, since Tech has only beaten UGA 12 times since 1964!!! Paul Johnson is a good coach, but he will NEVER dominate UGA as long as he is at Tech and Richt is at UGA. Johnson was outcoached last night by Richt and even Willie Martinez. He will win his share, but UGA will always have the better athletes and bigger fan base. If I were a Tech fan, I would much rather win the ACC than beat UGA. That is all you guys ever want. As a UGA fan, I will take a loss to Florida every year if it meant winning the SEC instead.

Caleb King just scored again!!!!

The Ghost of Wally Butts

November 29th, 2009
6:34 pm

GTisstillbetter – We don’t have to convince you that UGA is better because we whipped yall’s butt last night. Just like last year, it doesn’t matter who you think is better.

Regarding the “enjoy the rest of your season” argument, we will. Richt will be happy to take an extra month of practice to get ready for next year.

As for the “no class” chatter, the Tech folks have been on the UGA blogs for the last 12 months acting the same way. You need to realize this is college football in the South, and I don’t care about class. What goes around comes around.


November 29th, 2009
6:42 pm

Could we get another pallet of tissues for the GT fans