Bucs hire Southern Miss coach Todd Monken as new OC
The Bucs have made a splash hire for Dirk Koetter's new staff, convincing Todd Monken to step down as Southern Miss head coach to become the Bucs' new offensive coordinator.
Monken was the receivers coach in Jacksonville from 2007-09 when Koetter was the Jaguars' offensive coordinator, and he'll also serve as the Bucs' receivers coach. It's another case of Koetter reuniting with a former colleague, as he has with defensive coordinator Mike Smith. Koetter has said he will still call offensive plays as head coach.
"I am very excited to add a coach with the type of experience and tenacity that Todd brings,” Koetter said in a statement. "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."
Monken, 49, made $700,000 this past season at Southern Miss and was in position to land a new contract. His team went 9-5 this season after going 4-20 his first two seasons, giving him a 13-25 overall record as a head coach.
The Bucs now have four coaches who were together on the 2007 Jaguars staff -- Koetter's first in the NFL. He was offensive coordinator, Smith was the defensive coordinator, Monkens the receivers coach and Mark Duffner (current LBs coach) the linebackers coach.