January 30, 2016

Lebanon Valley Football - Jim and MaryEllen Monos to Receive 2016 Hot Dog Frank Award

Photo Courtesy of LVC
By Tom Klemick
ANNVILLE, Pa. – Lebanon Valley has announced that head football coach Jim Monos and his wife MaryEllen will be presented with the 2016 Hot Dog Frank Athletic Service Award.

The award was established by the LVC administration in 1985 to honor the late Frank Aftosmes (1902-1994) for his many contributions to the Lebanon Valley College athletic program. Aftosmes was an Annville businessman and devoted supporter of LVC athletics whose statue now stands in the College's Peace Garden. Since its establishment in 1985, 31 individuals have been honored for their dedication and loyalty to the LVC Athletics family.

Last fall, Coach Monos announced his retirement, effective at the end of January, after 23 years as LVC's head football coach. He is the only coach in program history to have guided Lebanon Valley to four postseason appearances, including wins in the 2009 and 2011 ECAC Southwest Bowls, and a 2013 NCAA Tournament berth following a MAC championship-winning campaign.

Monos took over as Lebanon Valley's head coach in 1986 after a successful stint as offensive coordinator at Shippensburg, his alma mater. He was named the MAC Co-Coach of the year in 1989, and in 1991 and 1992, he led the Dutchmen to their first back-to-back winning seasons since the late 1970s. Monos returned to LVC in 2004, inheriting a program that won just three games in three seasons prior to his arrival. In 2009, he led the Dutchmen to a program-record nine wins. In the past decade, his teams have finished with a record of .500 or better nine times. He leaves Lebanon Valley with a program-record 109 career victories.

MaryEllen has been a staple at LVC these many years, supporting the football program and its players for more than two decades. She is the matriarch of a family that includes sons Jim and Todd, as well as daughter-in-law Liz, granddaughter Grace Elizabeth, and grandson Carter Edward.

The award is given annually at the halftime of a men's basketball game, presented by the Aftosmes family and President Lewis Thayne, with the tradition of free hot dogs for all fans after the game. The Monoses will be honored at halftime of LVC's game against Alvernia on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 6.

With longtime assistant Joe Buehler '89 taking the helm of the football program in 2016, the Monoses will be relocating to Rehoboth Beach, Del., in the near future, and the couple are looking forward to experiencing life by the shore in a full-time capacity.
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