Arkansas Tech fires football coach Raymond Monica

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys have fired its head coach Raymond Monica following a 3-8 record. Athletic Director Steve Mullins did not renew his contract.

The Wonder Boys ended the season on a two-game losing streak. They were just 1-4 at home and 2-4 on the road during the 2018 campaign.


Tech lost to the East Central Tigers at Thone Stadium on November 3rd when they lost 28-26. Then, during their season-finale, they were shutout 28-0 by the Harding Bisons in Searcy, Arkansas.

In his coaching career with the team, Monica went 34-34. The team had three winning records in his six seasons, including two postseason bowl games.

One of those winning records came in 2017 when the team went 8-4. Like 2018, the team also lost back-to-back games to end the season.

They were defeated by the Harding Bisons, 24-17, on November 11th at Thone Stadium. Then, they were defeated 48-31 to Pittsburg State Gorillas in the Agent Barry Live United Bowl in Texarkana, Arkansas on December 2nd.

The Wonder Boys were shutout three times this season. First, they were shutout 38-0 by the Southern Arkansas Muleriders on August 30th. Then, on October 13th, the team was shut out 21-0 by the Northwestern Oklahoma Rangers and the 28-0 loss to Harding in the season-finale. All three of these shutouts were on the road.

“We thank Raymond for his efforts in guiding the Wonder Boys program,” said Mullins. “We will begin the process of identifying the next Arkansas Tech head football coach in the very near future.”

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