COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican football coach Bill Conley was named the Columbus Dispatch Ohio College Football Coach of the Year in voting conducted by his peers.
Conley received a total of 10 first place votes and 38 total points to finish in front of former Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson (24 points) and Mount Union's Vince Kehres (21 points) for the top spot.
The fourth-year head coach directed Ohio Dominican to a 10-1 record this fall as the Panthers won their first GLIAC title and made their first appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs. ODU had a Division II best 15 game win streak, dating back to last season.
The Panthers defeated one of the NAIA's top teams, Georgetown College, 41-14 in the season-opener, notched a 57-14 win over No. 9 Grand Valley State, and earned a 41-21 win over Findlay in a game televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
After the season, Conley was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year, AFCA Region Three Coach of the Year and OhioCollegeFootball.com Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year.
The Panthers had 20 student-athletes named to the All-GLIAC team, while four earned at least one All-American honor. Additionally, two student-athletes were named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American team following the season.
Over the last three seasons, Conley has guided ODU to a 25-8 overall record.
Previous winners of the award include Ohio State's Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer and Mount Union's Larry Kehres.
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