BREAKING: Monfiletto named Kenyon football coach
GAMBIER, Ohio (December 29, 2011) Chris Monfiletto, the former offensive coordinator at Lycoming College, was hired as head coach of the Kenyon College football program.
The announcement was made Thursday by Kenyon's Director of Athletics Peter Smith, who stated Monfiletto
possesses the necessary motivation and acumen to turn around a program that has struggled in recent seasons.
"We welcome Chris Monfiletto as Kenyon's head football coach and we're excited about him bringing a new direction for the program," Smith said.
certainly has the ability to re-energize the team, to recruit quality student-athletes, and to fulfill our goal of sustaining a competitive presence in the North Coast Athletic Conference."
"Kenyon's academic reputation combined with its commitment to the athletics department provides an unbelievable foundation to build a winning football program that the faculty, students, and alums can be proud of," Monfiletto
"I am humbled by the opportunity to work at such a highly-regarded institution, and I want to thank President Nugent, Dr. Hank Toutain, Peter Smith, as well as Doug Zipp and the rest of the search committee for having the confidence in me to lead the football program.
For the past two seasons, Monfiletto
helped direct a Lycoming offense that averaged approximately 360 yards and 28 points per game.
had a 6-4 record in Monfiletto's first season and an 8-2 record last season.
That 2011 campaign also saw the Lycoming offense finish second in the Middle Atlantic Conference in rushing yards per game, set a school record for total yards in one game, and gain national ranks of second in turnovers lost and fourth in turnover margin.
In addition to his football coaching duties, Monfiletto also served as Lycoming's acting director of athletics.
Appointed in July and responsible for the overall management of the department's 17 varsity sports, Monfiletto
constructed a mission statement, implemented a student-athlete survey, created the position of academic coordinator, and improved avenues for communication within his
own department, as well as with other campus departments.
Prior to his time at Lycoming, Monfiletto built his wealth of experiences in a variety of roles at several institutions.
For two years, he was the head football coach at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio.
He also worked in Western Reserve's admissions and financial aid department, as well as served as a college guidance counselor.
Before joining Western Reserve in 2008, Monfiletto spent three years as a running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Davidson College.
The Wildcats had two winning seasons during that time and Monfiletto
tutored two of the top-ten rushers in the college's history.
In 2004-05, he served as the special teams coordinator and wide receivers/defensive backs coach at his high school alma mater, the Hun School of Princeton, leading the team to the New Jersey prep A state title.
While at Hun, Monfiletto also served as a history teacher and residence life director.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, and raised in Solebury, Pennsylvania, Monfiletto
earned a combined ten letters in football, baseball, and basketball at Hun.
He went on to play collegiate football at Davidson, where he graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in History.
This past summer he earned a master's degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio University's College of Business.
Now at Kenyon, Monfiletto
takes over a program that was previously guided by Ted Stanley, who resigned after nine seasons and a combined 20-70 record.
"We need to change the culture of the football program," Monfiletto