Monken selected to Dodd Trophy watch list

By Kat Castner Army Athletic Communications

August 1st, 2019 | Army and Community Sports, Sports
 The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl released the preseason watch list July 25 for the 2019 Dodd Trophy and Army West Point head football coach Jeff Monken was among the candidates.     Graphic by Army Athletic Communications

The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl released the preseason watch list July 25 for the 2019 Dodd Trophy and Army West Point head football coach Jeff Monken was among the candidates.
This year’s list includes 23 of the nation’s top college football coaches representing all Power Five conferences, as well as the AAC, Mountain West and two independents.
Monken is entering his sixth season at the helm of the Black Knights and is coming off back-to-back double-digit winning seasons. He has led Army back into the top 25 after an 11-2 record and an Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl victory just a season ago.
Under Monken’s watch, Army has won nine consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak in the nation, and 29 games in the last three seasons. He has taken the Black Knights to three-straight bowl games and retained the Commander in Chief’s Trophy for the first time in program history.
The Dodd Trophy, college football’s most coveted national coaching award, celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity—the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s coaching philosophy.
The watch list was created through a selection process by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, taking into consideration each program’s graduation rate, commitment to service and charity in the community, projected success for the 2019 season and Academic Progress Rate (APR). Coaches in the first year with their current team are ineligible to receive The Dodd Trophy.
“The Dodd Trophy is the most coveted coach of the year award because it looks beyond just the results on the field and measures the overall impact these coaches have had on their players, universities and communities,” Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, said. “When determining candidates for the watch list, we carefully consider each coach’s commitment to the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity.”
The preseason watch list also includes notable coaches such as Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney.
“This impressive group of coaches has an unprecedented resume of nine National Championships, 50 conference titles and 2,012 career wins,” Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl CEO & President Gary Stokan said. “In what will be the sport’s 150th anniversary season, we couldn’t have asked for a more influential list of current coaches who have left their mark on college football.”
Of the 23 coaches on the watch list, six are previous winners of The Dodd Trophy, including Brian Kelly (2018), David Shaw (2017), Kirk Ferentz (2015), Nick Saban (2014), Dabo Swinney (2011) and Chris Petersen (2010). Additionally, all seven of the finalists for last year’s award are represented, including Pat Fitzgerald, Dabo Swinney, Dino Babers, Brian Kelly, Lincoln Riley, Nick Saban and Kirby Smart. The Big Ten leads all conferences with six coaches making the list, followed closely by the SEC with five representatives. Last year’s winner Brian Kelly is joined by Jeff Monken as the two coaches on the list who represent independent institutions.
A midseason watch list—adding to or narrowing the field—will be released in the fall. A panel consisting of previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2019 season. The winner of the 2019 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during the week of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Starting in September, the Dodd Coach of the Week Award will also be presented weekly to the coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.