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January 14, 2014
Monken adds 6 to Army football staff
WEST POINT, N.Y. - New Army football coach Jeff Monken's coaching staff is starting to take shape with the announcement of six veteran coaches coming to West Point.
Tucker Waugh and Todd Spencer will remain on staff, while Lamont Seward, Mitch Ware, Brent Davis and Sean Saturnio will join Monken from Georgia Southern.
Waugh coached wide receivers for Army last year while Spencer handled the offensive tackles.
Steward, Ware, Davis and Saturnio were all part of Monken's staff at Georgia Southern and are making the move north.
Monken, named Army's 37th head coach on Dec. 24, 2013, continues to build his staff and will assign specific responsibilities in the near future.
Waugh recently completed his seventh season at Army in 2013 where he was responsible for the wide receivers and slotbacks. Waugh coached at Army from 2000-04 and then returned to West Point after guiding wide receivers at Stanford.
Under Waugh's guidance, Army has been among the nation's top running teams in each of the last four years. In 2013, Army racked up 3,950 yards rushing and 4,678 yards of total offense. Waugh mentored freshman wide receiver Xavier Moss who established an Army freshman record with 35 receptions. The total shattered the previous mark of 20 set by Jeremy Trimble in 2004, which was also set under Waugh's guidance. Moss also led the team with an Army freshman record 463 receiving yards.
Waugh has also mentored two-time 1,000-yard rusher Raymond Maples, one of just three players to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark twice in their career and was part of the 2010 staff which led Army to a victory in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
In 2008, Waugh's first season coaching running backs in Army's triple-option system, he guided fullback Collin Mooney to a record-breaking season of 1,339 yards. Mooney had just 22 rushing yards prior to establishing the Academy single-season record.
Waugh was a member of Bobby Ross' coaching staff and then departed the Academy to work with head coach Walt Harris at Stanford in 2005.
In 2008, Waugh was recognized as one of the up-and-coming assistants in the nation. He was chosen to attend the NCAA Expert Coaches Forum in Dallas, Texas. The Forum is designed to improve and reinforce various aspects of securing, managing and excelling in head football coaching positions at the intercollegiate level. In 2009, Rivals.com named Waugh one of its top 10 recruiters among all non-Bowl Championship Series schools.
When Waugh first arrived at Army, he inherited a group of receivers that had caught a total of 14 career passes. Over the next three years, his Black Knight wideouts registered 322 receptions. During that time, he oversaw the development of Aaron Alexander, who graduated in 2005 and ranks second on Army's career charts for both receptions and receiving yards. Waugh mentored Alexander to an Academy-record 64 catches in 2003. His 861 receiving yards that season rank third on the Army ledger.
Prior to arriving at West Point, Waugh coached for five seasons at Illinois State (1995-99). He worked with the Redbirds' outside linebackers in 1995, running backs in 1996 and wide receivers his final three years. He mentored an All-Gateway Conference selection during each of his three seasons as receivers coach, with Marquis Mosely earning recognition in 1997 and Ricky Garrett copping laurels in both 1998 and 1999.
Waugh helped to establish the Redbirds' passing attack as one of the most prolific in the nation. Illinois State advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 1998 and reached the Division I-AA national semifinals in 1999.
A 1993 graduate of DePauw University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English Composition and Physical Education, Waugh began his coaching career at Otterbein College in 1993 overseeing the Cardinals' quarterbacks. He returned to his alma mater in 1994 as a wide receivers coach. He also completed a coaching fellowship with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.
Waugh lettered at quarterback while playing at DePauw from 1990 to 1992 and was named the school's "Outstanding Physical Education Major."
Waugh resides at West Point with his wife, Jen, and sons, Jackson and Nicholas.
Spencer is a veteran coach in the triple-option offensive system and will begin his second year at West Point.
During the 2013 season, Spencer mentored the offensive tackles and helped Army rack up 311.8 rushing yards per game. Army led the nation in rushing for the majority of the season and rushed for 34 touchdowns.
Spencer guided senior captain Michael Kime to first-team accolades on Phil Steele's 2013 Postseason All-Independent Team and the 2013 FBS All-Independent Team.
One of the foremost offensive line coaches in the nation, Spencer has spent the bulk of his coaching career working with the option.
Spencer will begin his 37th season in coaching, including 23 years as an offensive line coach at the Division I level.
Prior to coming to Army, Spencer spent four years at Georgia Tech. He was the co-offensive line coach and worked primarily with the tackles.
During his four seasons in Atlanta, his players earned six All-ACC certificates, including four first-team selections. The Yellow Jackets led the ACC in total offense in 2008 and 2009 while running the triple-option offense. The team led the nation in rushing for the first time in school history in 2010 after a runner-up showing in 2009.
Named one of the top five offensive line coaches in the nation by CBSSports.com in the summer of 2008, Spencer is well versed both in the option attack and service academy football. Prior to joining the staff at Georgia Tech, he spent 11 seasons as the offensive line coach at Navy. The Mids won the Commander In Chief's Trophy and made postseason appearances in each of his last four seasons. Navy led the nation in rushing four times during his tenure in Annapolis, including three straight years from 2005-07. In addition to posting the top-ranked rushing offense, the 2003 squad set school records for total rushing yards (4,202), yards per attempt (5.5), rushing touchdowns (44), total offense (5,506), total offense per game (423.5) and yards per play (6.0).
Prior to his arrival at Navy, Spencer was the offensive line coach at Oregon State from 1991-96. The team finished second in the nation in rushing in 1993, averaging 300.6 yards per game.
Spencer also served one-year stints as the offensive line coach at Northern Illinois (1990) and UTEP (1989). He was the offensive coordinator at Southern Utah University in 1988 and held the same position at Trinity Valley Community College in 1986-87. Spencer began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Texas Lutheran University working with wide receivers in 1979. He also served as a defensive graduate assistant at Linfield College for two seasons (1980-81). After a two-year run as a high school assistant in Texas, Spencer re-entered the collegiate ranks as a graduate assistant at Oregon where he worked with the defensive backs in 1984. In 1985, he held his first offensive line post, serving as the graduate assistant at the University of Texas.
Spencer played defensive back at Whitworth College and Pacific Lutheran University, earning bachelor's degree in physical education from the latter in 1979. A Beaverton, Ore., native, Spencer went on to earn a master's degree from Linfield in 1981.
He is the father of two daughters, Whitney and Ashley.
Seward spent four seasons at Georgia Southern and was responsible for running backs and wide receivers. While Georgia Southern was not eligible for the postseason or listed among the NCAA leaders in 2013 due to its move to the Football Bowl Subdivision level and the Sun Belt conference, Seward helped the Eagles to three consecutive NCAA FCS semifinal appearances.
In 2013, Georgia Southern rushed for 3,964 yards. Fullback William Banks was third on the squad with 77 carries for 468 yards and six scores despite not playing in three games.
Under Seward's guidance, Georgia Southern posted its second highest per game rushing average (399.4) and ninth NCAA rushing title during his two seasons mentoring the running backs.
He guided wide receivers when he joined the Georgia Southern staff. Seward helped develop Georgia Southern into one of the nation's most efficient passing offenses, ranking second in the nation in 2011 in that category.
Prior to joining Monken at Georgia Southern, Seward spent two seasons at the wide receiver coach at West Georgia working with the wide receivers and kickoff and punt return teams.
Seward coached at Western Carolina, his alma mater, for two seasons helping Eddie Cohen earn the school's single-season record for reception yardage with 1,208. At Western Carolina, Seward was involved in the weekly offensive game plans and the kickoff and punt return squads.
Seward began his coaching career as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Warren County High School for two seasons before joining the Western Carolina staff.
A member of the Southern Conference All-Decade Team (1997-2006), Seward finished his career third on the Catamounts and SoCon list for receptions with 190. He collected 2,971 receiving yards which stands third all-time at WCU. Seward hauled in a pass in 39 consecutive games, recorded at least one reception in 43 of 45 games and posted 12 games with 100 receiving yards or more.
Seward earned his degree in sport management with a minor in marketing from Western Carolina in 2003.
He and his wife, Bebe, will reside at West Point.
Ware was named assistant head coach at Georgia Southern in 2012, his eighth season on the Eagles' staff. During his tenure in Statesboro, Ga., Ware was responsible for coaching quarterbacks.
During the 2013 season, Ware mentored quarterback Jerick McKinnon to a tremendous season and an invitation to a showcase bowl event. McKinnon, despite playing in only 10 games, led the team in rushing attempts (161), rushing yards (1,050) and touchdowns (12). He averaged 105 yards per contest and 6.5 yards per carry and was invited to the prestigious Senior Bowl. He connected on 8-of-17 passes for 171 yards with four touchdowns and just one interception. McKinnon concluded his career third all-time on the Georgia Southern career rushing list with 3,899 yards. Backup quarterback Kevin Ellison was second on the squad with 127 rushing attempts for 886 yards. He completed 41-of-79 passes for 756 yards and two scores.
Ware helped Georgia Southern to three straight trips to the national semifinals and an upset win at Florida.
Ware served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2002-05 and helped Georgia Southern lead the FCS in rushing offense in all four seasons.
In his first season, Ware developed first-year starter Chaz Williams into an Associated Press All-America selection and finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award. From his quarterback position, Williams ran for 1,422 yards and 27 touchdowns while being named conference player of the year. Fullback Jeremaine Austin, another first-year starter, rushed for 1,416 yards and was named conference rookie of the year.
The next season, Georgia Southern averaged 335.6 rushing yards per game and led the nation as Austin earned Player of the Year and All-America honors.
In 2004, Georgia Southern again led the country in rushing at 369.9 yards per contest and ranked third nationally in yards per game.
Prior to his work with Georgia Southern, Ware coached at Navy for four seasons. At Annapolis, Md., Ware guided Brian Madden who nearly rushed for and passed for 1,000 yards with 905 yards on the ground and 902 through the air.
Ware spent 16 seasons at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State) where he was a player, assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Ware was a four-year starter and co-captain as a quarterback at Southwest Missouri State. He helped the team to its last Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship in 1978 and was named the league's most valuable player as a senior in 1979. He established seven school records during his playing days, was chosen as an Associated Press honorable mention All-America and received the prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.
After his playing career, Ware served as a graduate assistant for two seasons at his alma mater before moving into a full-time coaching role. He developed quarterback DeAndre Smith, the Gateway Football Conference's Offensive Player-of-the-Decade for 1985-94.
Ware earned his bachelor's and master's degree from Southwest Missouri State and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
Ware and his wife Judy have three sons, Jacob, Joshua and Jackson.
Davis spent the last four seasons as Georgia Southern's offensive coordinator and also coached the offensive line in his second stint in Statesboro, Ga. A veteran triple option coordinator, Davis helped the Eagles to three consecutive trips to the national semifinals. Georgia Southern boasted the top rushing offense in two consecutive seasons in 2011 and 2012.
Davis also coached at Georgia Southern from 1997-05 when he guided the offensive line and running backs as the Eagles won seven conference championships and made eight playoff appearances. With Davis' charges blocking up front, Georgia Southern captured four consecutive FCS rushing titles as well as the 2004 scoring title with 47.0 points per contest. Eight lineman earned All-Southern Conference honors and three were voted All-American. Charles Clark won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2002, presented to the best offensive lineman in the Southern Conference.
Davis guided the running backs from 1997-99 and worked with Adrian Peterson, the 1999 Walter Payton Award winner and SoCon Offensive Player of the Year. Peterson collected All-America honors and amassed over 2,600 yards in 15 games. Peterson was drafted in the sixth round by the Chicago Bears and played for eight seasons in the NFL.
Davis later moved to coaching the offensive line before departing for Virginia Military Institute as its offensive coordinator. Davis spent four seasons at VMI, his final season as interim head coach, before returning to Georgia Southern.
The Keydets, running the triple option, led the Big South in rushing in all four of Davis' seasons. VMI established a conference-record 357.5 yards per game average in 2008 while the 2009 squad racked up 276.6 rushing yards per game. Both the 2008 and 2009 teams led the nation in rushing. In 2007, VMI produced four 500-plus yard games and ranked fourth in the nation in rushing and 34th in total offense.
Davis earned a pair of varsity letters at The Citadel as a tight end before transferring to Georgia. He lettered and earned a spot on the Academic All-SEC Honor Roll before graduating from Georgia in 1997 with a degree in business management.
Davis and his wife Jen, a Georgia Southern graduate, will reside at West Point.
Saturnio comes to West Point following two seasons at Georgia Southern where he coached the tight ends and assisted Brent Davis with the offensive line. In addition, he coached the punters and coordinated the punt return team.
Saturnio also had responsibility as the Director of Player Development in 2011 before assuming coaching responsibilities.
In 2012, Saturnio helped wide receiver/tight end Tyler Sumner collect honors on Phil Steels's 2012 All-Southern Conference squad.
A native of Hilo, Hawai'i, Saturnio spent nine seasons as the head coach at Waipahu High School, culminating with a semifinal appearance in the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) White Conference playoffs in 2011.
Saturnio was an assistant for two seasons before taking over as head coach at Waipahu where his team qualified for the playoffs in six of nine seasons. He was named the OIA Division I Coach of the Year for the Western Division in 2008 and OIA Division II Coach of the Year in 2004.
Saturnio began his collegiate playing career at Division III Beloit College in Wisconsin before transferring to Hawai'i. He was a walk-on for the Warriors and earned a spot on the team as a wide receiver. He earned his degree in elementary education in 1992.
Saturnio and his wife, Sharon, were married in the fall. He has two children, Christina and Isaiah.
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