OSU Names Todd Monken New Offensive Coordinator
Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:11 pm
By: News On 6
Originally Published: Feb 9, 2011 4:57 PM CDT
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy announced Wednesday that Todd Monken will be the Cowboys’ new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Monken acted as receivers coach at OSU from 2002-2004 under head coach Les Miles. Monken followed Miles to LSU, where he was receivers coach and passing game coordinator.
Monken moved to the NFL to coach receivers with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the last four years. The Jaguars also recently named him quarterbacks coach for the coming season, but he said he could not turn down a return to the Cowboys.
“It’s a great opportunity to serve as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State,” Monken said in a statement. “I was there with Les Miles and the program has had tremendous success under Coach Gundy. My family loves Stillwater and I have always enjoyed coaching college football.”
Before arriving at OSU in 2002, Monken helped engineer one of the nation’s best passing offenses at Louisiana Tech. He coached running backs one year and receivers the next, and Tech averaged 313 passing yards per game in his two seasons and ranked in the Top 10 passing offenses in the nation both years.
“I want to blend what this team has done with what I’ve done to make this Oklahoma State’s offense,” said Monken. “We want to have flexibility with it. With all of the returning starters, it would be silly to break up what they already have going. The key is to be flexible.”
Monken will replace former offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who left to become the head coach-in-waiting at West Virginia. In his only season with the Cowboys, Holgorsen’s offense ranked third in the nation, gaining 520 yards per game.
“Dana Holgorsen did a great job and I’m just trying to come in and find what fits best. Even before Dana was there, Oklahoma State didn’t lack in offensive productivity,” said Monken. “The biggest thing is just to have an identity where this is Oklahoma State’s offense and we know what we want to do.”