Q&A With Todd Monken
Feb. 9, 2011
STILLWATER - Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy announced today that Todd Monken has been hired as the school's new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Monken returns to college football after four years coaching receivers with the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. He had recently been named quarterbacks coach at Jacksonville for the 2011 season.
"It's a great opportunity to serve as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State," Monken said. "I was there with (former head coach) Les Miles and the program has had tremendous success under Coach Gundy. My family loves Stillwater and I have always enjoyed coaching college football."
Monken coached receivers at Oklahoma State from 2002 through 2004 and among his pupils was two-time All-American Rashaun Woods. He then headed to Baton Rouge to coach receivers and serve as the passing game coordinator at Louisiana State (2005-2006), before joining Jacksonville.
"Todd is a really good fit for what we need," Gundy said. "He's been in the Big 12 and SEC and he's coached at places that have won at a high level. He's an experienced, intelligent coach who will be able to come in and help us pick up where we left off. We're excited to have him join our staff."
Prior to arriving in Stillwater in 2002, Monken helped direct one of the nation's top passing attacks while at Louisiana Tech. He coached running backs one year and receivers one year as Tech averaged 313 yards through the air in 2000 and 2001 to rank among the top 10 passing offenses in the country in both seasons.
Monken coached at Eastern Michigan for seven seasons (1993-1999) and served as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator his final two seasons.
He is a native of Wheaton, Ill., and played quarterback at Knox College while earning a degree in economics. He earned a master's degree at Grand Valley State, where he began his coaching career (1989-90). He also had a coaching stop (1991-92) at Notre Dame.
Monken and his wife, Terri, have one son: Travis.