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Todd Monken Named Off. Coord. & WRs Coach

Posted Jan 24, 2016

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that Todd Monken has been named the team’s new offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach.

Monken comes to Tampa Bay from Southern Mississippi, where he spent the past three seasons as the school’s head coach (2013-15). After taking over a program that had finished 0-12 the previous season, Monken oversaw a dramatic turnaround that turned the Golden Eagles into post-season bowl participants by the end of his third campaign. Under Monken’s guidance, Southern Miss posted a 9-5 record in 2015, winning the Conference USA West division and earning an appearance in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

“I am very excited to add a coach with the type of experience and tenacity that Todd brings,” said Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter. “I have always been impressed with his approach to the game as well as his ability to teach concepts and get the best out of his players. During his more than 25-year coaching career, he has made a name for himself as a very successful offensive coordinator and head coach on the collegiate level. Todd also happens to be a terrific receivers coach with a proven track record of helping his players reach their true potential. We are fortunate to have him join our staff."

In 2015, Monken’s Southern Miss team ranked in the top 20 in the country in scoring offense (13th, 39.9 ppg), passing offense (12th, 329.7 ypg) and total offense (12th, 509.5 ypg), all of which ranked second in Conference USA. Monken’s offense was one of the most explosive in the NCAA, with the Golden Eagles leading the nation in plays of 20+ yards (109) and ranking second in the country in plays of 30+ yards (54). He also oversaw the development of junior quarterback Nick Mullens, who set school records for passing yards (4,476), total touchdowns (41), passing touchdowns (38), completions (331) and pass attempts (521). Additionally, running backs Ito Smith and Jalen Richard each recorded at least 1,000 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Mike Thomas set school records in receptions (71), receiving yards (1,391) and receiving touchdowns (14). The Golden Eagles had 10 players named first- or second-team All-Conference USA in 2015, up from one such selection in 2013 and two in 2014.

Before joining Southern Miss, Monken spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Oklahoma State (2011-12), his second stint with the Cowboys, after having worked as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach from 2002-04. During his time as offensive coordinator, the team set school season records for total offensive yards, passing yards, completion percentage, points scored and passing touchdowns.

In 2012, Oklahoma State ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense (4th, 44.7 ppg), total offense (5th, 548.9 ypg) and passing offense (7th, 333.4 ypg). In 2011, Monken tutored quarterback Brandon Weeden, who helped lead the Cowboys to a school-record 12 wins, while setting single-season school records in pass attempts (565), completions (409), passing yards (4,727), passing touchdowns (37) and completion percentage (72.4) and ranking in the top 10 nationally in passing yards, touchdown passes and passing efficiency. Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon – the 2011 Biletnikoff Award Winner – were each first round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft. Blackmon set a school record with 121 receptions in 2011.

Prior to his second stint at Oklahoma State, Monken spent four seasons (2007-10) working as the wide receivers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his time with Jacksonville, Monken coached Reggie Williams, who set the then-team record with 10 touchdown receptions in 2007, as well as Mike Sims-Walker and Mike Thomas, both of whom had career-highs in receiving yards under Monken.

Before entering the NFL, Monken served as the passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach at LSU from 2005-06, where he helped develop future first-round NFL Draft selections Dwayne Bowe and Buster Davis. He came to LSU after his first stint at Oklahoma State (2002-04).

Monken began his coaching career at Grand Valley State, spending two seasons as a graduate assistant (1989-90), before holding the same title at Notre Dame (1991-92). He then went on to Eastern Michigan, where he worked as the defensive backs/wide receivers coach (1993-97), before being elevated to the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (1998-99). Prior to joining the Oklahoma State staff, Monken served as the running backs coach (2000) and the wide receivers coach (2001) at Louisiana Tech.

A native of Wheaton, Ill., Monken was a three-year letterwinner at quarterback for Knox College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics (1989) and followed with a master’s degree in education leadership from Grand Valley State. He is a member of the Knox College Athletic Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Terri, have one son, Travis.