It’s been a good couple of days for the Army football program, as their success in 2018 continues to lead to significant accomplishments.
First, Army Athletic Director Boo Corrigan announced yesterday that he had extended head coach Jeff Monken through the 2024 season. Though Monken had received an extension following 2017, this new extension certainly came with a raise and the intent of keeping Monken on the banks of the Hudson for the foreseeable future.
There was no mention of buyouts for the Army coach, but it is evident that Corrigan and company are doing everything they can to keep Monken in place as long as possible as his name continues to surface for more and more Power Five jobs as he has done one of the best rebuilding jobs in college football in recent memory.
The extension is an important step for Army football and Corrigan should be praised for getting it done. Monken has said time and time again he plans to be in place in West Point for years to come, and so far, there has been nothing to draw him away.
Following on the heels of that big announcement, the Eastern College Athletic Conference declared that Army had won the prestigious Lambert Trophy for the first time since 1958.
The Lambert Trophy is given to the best college football team on the east coast, a title that has not belonged to the Black Knights in 60 years, but one that is indicative of the terrific job Monken has done the past two seasons. In a season of firsts for the program, winning the Lambert Trophy again is the cherry on top following a 2017 campaign in which they were named FBS team of the year by the ECAC.
Everything is coming up Black Knights right now, and the Monken extension and Lambert Trophy are just the latest indications that Army is the team to beat among the service academies heading into 2019!