Ohio Dominican's Bill Conley has been named Dispatch Ohio Coach of the Year. (In 2013, ODU won the Great Lakers Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and earned a Division II playoff bid.)
After playing under Woody Hayes and earning his OSU degree, Conley was an assistant coach at Ohio State for 17 years, coaching everything from tight ends to defensive ends and special teams, under Earle Bruce, John Cooper and Jim Tressel. Conley was also a nationally recognized recruiting coordinator from 1991-92 and 1994-2004. He recruited such OSU legends as Eddie George, Troy Smith, Orlando Pace, Dan Wilkinson, Terry Glenn, Andy Katzenmoyer, Chris Gamble, Cris Carter, Pepper Johnson, Chris Spielman, Mike Vrabel and Mike Nugent.
Of course, Conley unceremoniously retired in the spring of 2004, but it appears he is back on the ascension.
(Ohio State's Urban Meyer received one first place vote and finished with 10 points. The score was good for fourth place, tied with John Carroll's Tom Arth and slightly ahead of Cincinnati's Tommy Tuberville.)