DECATUR, Ill. —Georgia Southern head football coach Jeff Monken is among six people in 2013 induction class for the Millikin University Athletic Hall of Fame.
According to a Millikin news release, Monken will be inducted Oct. 4 during the school’s homecoming celebration.
Monken, a member of the Millikin class of 1989, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant football coach at the University of Hawaii during the 1989-90 season.
After earning his master’s degree in higher educational administration there in 1991, Monken served as a graduate assistant wide-receivers coach at Arizona State University for one season and assistant coach for the wide receivers and tight ends and recruiting coordinator at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1992-94. After a brief stint coaching at Morton High School in Berwyn, Ill., and at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill., Monken coached slotbacks and punters at Georgia Southern from 1997-2001. In 2002, Monken became slotbacks coach for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Monken was slotbacks coach and special-teams coordinator for Georgia Tech from 2008-10.
He returned to Georgia Southern in 2010 as head football coach. His 31 victories in three seasons rank first in the Southern Conference and second nationally. He was named SoCon Coach of the Year and American Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year in 2011. Under his direction, GSU earned national semifinal appearances in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
As a Millikin student, Monken was a wide receiver on the football team. He also lettered twice in track and was co-captain of the 1989 track team.