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Monken to be inducted into Millikin Hall of Fame

    DECATUR, Ill.—Jeff Monken of Statesboro, Ga. is among six people in 2013 induction class for the Millikin University Athletic Hall of Fame.  Monken will be officially inducted at the Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner during Millikin’s Homecoming celebration on Oct. 4.
    Monken ’89 is being recognized for his outstanding football coaching career.
    Monken began his coaching career as a graduate assistant football coach at the University of Hawaii during the 1989-90 season. During this first job after his Millikin University graduation, Monken tasted success as his team ended the season 9-3 and participated in the 1989 Aloha Bowl.
    After earning his master’s degree in higher educational administration at the University of Hawaii in 1991, Monken served as a graduate assistant wide receivers coach at Arizona State University for one season. He then moved on to the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was assistant coach for the wide receivers and tight ends, and also served as recruiting coordinator from 1992-94. 
    Monken headed south to Georgia Southern University, where he was the slotbacks and punters coach from 1997-2001. During this five-year period, the GSU Eagles were the national runner-up in 1998 and national champions in 1999 and 2000. In addition to winning the Southern Conference Championship each year from 1997 through 2001, GSU set more than 300 national, conference and school records.
    In 2002, Monken became the slotbacks coach for the U.S. Naval Academy. During his six seasons with the team, the Midshipmen set numerous school records, including notching 18 victories in two seasons. Among their successes were the academy’s first back-to-back bowl victories in school history in 2004 and 2005.
    As slotbacks coach and special teams coordinator for the Georgia Institute of Technology from 2008-2010, Monken helped lead the team to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the 2008 Chik-fil-A Bowl. In 2009, they won the conference championship with a 10-4 record and made an Orange Bowl appearance.
    Monken returned to Georgia Southern University as head football coach in 2010, where his 31 victories in three seasons rank first in the Southern Conference and second nationally. He was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year and American Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year in 2011, and was a 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year finalist. Under his direction, the GSU Eagles earned national semifinal appearances in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Georgia Southern football program also set a new high in team GPA in both of Monken’s first two years, and boasts a record number of student athletes with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
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.  Monken and his wife, Beth, have three daughters: Isabelle, 10; Amelia, 5; and Evangeline, 2.