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York announces hiring of Matt Monken as new football coach

Bolingbrook assistant of 12 years to take over Dukes

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014 3:21 p.m. CDT

ELMHURST – York has a new football coach.

The school announced this week that Matt Monken has been hired to replace Steve Nye, whose resignation was announced during the holiday season.

Monken comes to York from Bolingbrook, where he spent the last 12 years as an assistant coach. He was the Raiders' offensive coordinator for eight years and helped the team win the Class 8A state title in 2011.

“Being part of a program that has made the IHSA state playoffs in each of the last twelve seasons and having won a state championship in 2011, his experience speaks for itself," York athletic director Ron Murphy said in a release. "In addition, Matt exhibited a passion for student-athletes and football that we feel will be contagious. He is someone that our kids will be excited to be around.”

Monken, who also will take a position as a physical education teacher at York, led the Raiders' run-heavy, read-option offense.

“I’m incredibly excited to build on the York football program’s tradition of success," Monken said in the release. "I can’t wait to work with the student-athletes and families that are part of the York football program. I know that I’ll be working with a great group of kids who are driven to succeed and supported by families who want the same.”

The Monken family has a storied tradition of coaching football. Matt becomes the 10th Monken to be a head coach and the ninth in Illinois. Cousin Ted was just hired to be West Chicago's head coach in January. Two more cousins are Division I head coaches – Todd and Southern Mississippi and Jeff at Army.

York was 3-15 in two years under Nye and last made the playoffs in 2012.

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