Director of Football Operations
John P. (Phil) Monahan was named Director of Football Operations in
Monahan had held a similar position on the University of Virginia
football staff for the previous four years, after retiring as a major
general in the U.S. Marine Corps.
A native of San Francisco, Monahan is a 1955 graduate of the U.S.
Naval Academy, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering.
While at Annapolis, he also had an outstanding athletic career. He was
starting halfback on winning Navy football teams from 1952 to 1954. As
a senior, he was captain of Navy's storied "Team Named Desire" that
defeated Mississippi 21-0 in the 1955 Sugar Bowl. Monahan was also a
two-year starter as a first-baseman on the Navy baseball team.
Following graduation, Monahan was commissioned as a second
lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
During his 35-year military career, Monahan served at all levels of
command. He was promoted to major general in may of 1986 and assigned
to duties as Assistant Chief of Staff with U.S. Marine Forces Korea.
He was stationed in Korea until 1988, when he became commanding general
of Marine Expedionary Force/1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton,
Calif. He was named commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Base
at Camp Pendleton in May of 1990. He retired from active duty in