ODU's Bill Conley Named Dispatch Ohio Coach of the Year

By DJ Byrnes on January 19, 2014 at 2:35p
ODU coach Bill Conley

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.)


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JOhio1560's picture

You must be joking!  These kind of award are reserved exclusively for Kirk Ferentz.  It doesn't matter that he doesn't coach in Ohio, he should still win!
But seriously, congrats to Bill Conley and ODU.  Panthers have had one heck of a year and Conley has been a big part of that.

I'm not finished!  Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.

Hovenaut's picture

Congrats to Bill Conley, was long impressed with his recruiting efforts at Ohio State, and good to see him finding success coaching as well.

johnblairgobucks's picture

Yeah, Conley was the main recruiter for a lot of the OSU talent that graced the 2002 National Championship team...... and his Buckeye efforts went as far back as bringing WR Chris Carter to Columbus.

fanfarris's picture

I will take Conley over Coombs  when it comes to recruiting ..I remember the big splash he made getting big Orlando Pace when everyone was after him ..


fanosu99's picture

I'd like to see him somehow back at OSU doing some recruiting

BoFuquel's picture

Congrats Bill. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

cuttyrock's picture

Why did he unceremoniously retire? He's the best recruiting coordinator we've ever had. I know he always wanted to coach but he should've always had a job at The Ohio State University.

johnblairgobucks's picture

He didn't jive to well with Tressel.  In a book written about Conley's days at OSU, Conley claims that Tressel wanted to go in a different direction, and it was a change Conley wasn't willing to make.

cuttyrock's picture

Thanks Bill Conley was the best talent evaluator I've ever seen. Team fell off since he left in terms of overall talent. That's one of the hardest jobs in the world to do. Look at thousands of kids film and predict who to offer. I wish he was still at The Ohio State University in that capacity. Him and Coach Mick could do work.