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Todd Monken
Offensive Coordinator

Biography

Todd Monken begins his second season as offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017.

In 2016, the Buccaneers gained 5,542 net yards (346.4 per game), the third-most in a single season in team history, while averaging 22.1 points per game, the fourth-highest mark in franchise history. The team also gained 340 first downs, the second-highest total in a single season in team history, while converting 43.9 percent of third down attempts, which established a new franchise record and was the sixth-highest mark in the NFL.

One of the key components to Tampa Bay’s offensive success in 2016 was wide receiver Mike Evans, who earned his first career Pro Bowl nod after recording 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 touchdown receptions tied Evans’ own franchise record and tied for the second-most in the NFL in 2016, while his 1,321 receiving yards were the third-most in a season in team history and the fourth-most in the league last year. Evans’ 96 receptions are the second-most ever by a Buccaneer and ranked sixth in the NFL last season.

Monken came to Tampa Bay from Southern Mississippi, where he spent 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 postseason 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.

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 went 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.

Monken AT A GLANCE

YEARS

POSITION

1987-89

Knox College, Player

1989-90

Grand Valley State, Assistant

1991-92

Notre Dame, Graduate Assistant

1993-97

Eastern Michigan, Defensive Backs & Wide Receivers Caoch

1998-99

Eastern Michigan, Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach

2000

Louisiana Tech, Running Backs & Wide Receivers Coach

2000

Louisiana Tech, Wide Receivers Coach

2002-04

Oklahoma State, Passing Game Coordinator & Wide Receivers Coach

2005-06

Louisiana State, Passing Game Coordinator & Wide Receivers Coach

2007-10

Jacksonville Jaguars, Wide Receivers Coach

2011-12

Oklahoma State, Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach

2013-15

Southern Mississippi, Head Coach

2016-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach

Todd Monken begins his second season as offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017.

In 2016, the Buccaneers gained 5,542 net yards (346.4 per game), the third-most in a single season in team history, while averaging 22.1 points per game, the fourth-highest mark in franchise history. The team also gained 340 first downs, the second-highest total in a single season in team history, while converting 43.9 percent of third down attempts, which established a new franchise record and was the sixth-highest mark in the NFL.

One of the key components to Tampa Bay’s offensive success in 2016 was wide receiver Mike Evans, who earned his first career Pro Bowl nod after recording 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 touchdown receptions tied Evans’ own franchise record and tied for the second-most in the NFL in 2016, while his 1,321 receiving yards were the third-most in a season in team history and the fourth-most in the league last year. Evans’ 96 receptions are the second-most ever by a Buccaneer and ranked sixth in the NFL last season.

Monken came to Tampa Bay from Southern Mississippi, where he spent 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 postseason 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.

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 went 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.

Monken AT A GLANCE

YEARS

POSITION

1987-89

Knox College, Player

1989-90

Grand Valley State, Assistant

1991-92

Notre Dame, Graduate Assistant

1993-97

Eastern Michigan, Defensive Backs & Wide Receivers Caoch

1998-99

Eastern Michigan, Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach

2000

Louisiana Tech, Running Backs & Wide Receivers Coach

2000

Louisiana Tech, Wide Receivers Coach

2002-04

Oklahoma State, Passing Game Coordinator & Wide Receivers Coach

2005-06

Louisiana State, Passing Game Coordinator & Wide Receivers Coach

2007-10

Jacksonville Jaguars, Wide Receivers Coach

2011-12

Oklahoma State, Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach

2013-15

Southern Mississippi, Head Coach

2016-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach