Army West Point head football coach Jeff Monken today announced the hiring of Cortney Braswell as the assistant defensive line coach for the Black Knights. Braswell, a former high school head coach in Georgia and Tennessee, comes to West Point after spending the 2020 season at Appalachian State as an assistant coach and the 2019 season as a quality control coach at Louisville.
“Cortney brings valuable experience as a coach at Appalachian State and Louisville as well as great success as a high school coach in Tennessee,” said Monken. “He has already made an impact in recruiting and is a tremendous addition to our staff that managed the best defensive unit in the country in 2020.”
As the outside linebackers assistant coach at Appalachian State in 2020, Braswell helped lead a defensive unit that ranked 18th nationally in total defense as the Mountaineers went 9-3 and won the Myrtle Beach Bowl with a 56-28 victory over North Texas. The App State defense ranked in the top three in multiple Sun Belt defensive categories, including second in pass defense and second in total defense. Braswell was also a key national recruiter for the Mountaineers.
During his one season at Louisville in 2019, Braswell was a defensive quality control coach, working with the inside linebackers position group. Braswell helped the Cardinals to one of the biggest turnarounds in college football that season as they went from 2-10 in 2018 to 8-5 in 2019 with a win over Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl. “I am overcome with tremendous gratitude for the opportunity Coach Monken and Coach Woody have given me to join the staff at West Point,” explained Braswell. “It is the honor of my life to serve our young men in the Brotherhood who've dedicated their lives to the service of others. I fancy myself a historian as I was a history major in college, so I get chills at the thought of being able to walk the same hallowed grounds of West Point that Ulysses S. Grant, John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur, Omar Bradley and countless others did.”
“To call my home, the home of some of the greatest Americans among us, I don't know of a greater honor,” continued Braswell. “Becoming a part of the Brotherhood affords me the opportunity to display my admiration, reverence and appreciation for our country and the Cadets through my passion and love for the game of football. I am privileged to be a part of this coaching staff that will continue to drive this program into the future and help shape future Army officers for service beyond the Academy.” Read more.