Bill Conley
Bill Conley
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 614-251-4556
Previous College: Ohio State '72

Bill Conley, the second head coach in the history of the Ohio Dominican football program, enters 2015 in his sixth season guiding the Panthers. Conley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience both as a coach and as a nationally recognized recruiter to a team that has already shown success in its short history.

In 2014, he helped lead the Panthers to a second straight NCAA Division II playoff appearance, reaching the regional finals. ODU would finish the season with an 11-2 record and ranked amongst the nation's best in numerous statistical categories. Quarterback Mark Miller was recognized as a Harlon Hill Trophy finalist and ODU led the GLIAC with 17 all-conference performers.

The 2013 GLIAC Coach of the Year, Conley guided the Panthers to a 10-1 record, the GLIAC championship and a spot in the NCAA Division II playoffs. Conley was also named the AFCA Region Coach of the Year and was a finalist for several national coach of the year awards. A whopping 20 players earned All-GLIAC recognition as the Panthers ripped off what was a 15-game win streak.

In 2012, ODU capped a stellar season with five straight wins to finish with an 8-3 record overall, including a 7-3 mark in the GLIAC, which was good for second place. The Panthers placed three players on the First Team All-GLIAC list and for a third straight season re-wrote the school’s record book for rushing yards, touchdowns, yards per game and yards per carry. ODU ranked amongst the nation’s best in those categories, including 12th in scoring offense (40.8 points per game), 13th in rushing (244.9 yards per game), 27th in total offense (452.8 yards per game) and 27th in total defense (333.9 yards allowed per game).

The 2011 campaign was another step forward in the strong tradition of the Panther football program as ODU finished with a 7-4 mark overall, placing in a tie for fifth in the GLIAC. ODU closed the season with wins in five of its final six contests, including a defeat of nationally ranked Hillsdale and regionally ranked Ashland and Indianapolis. Conley was named the Division II Coach of the Year and running back Mike Noffsinger shattered ODU’s single-season and career rushing records while being named a semifinalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy. Ten Panthers earned All-GLIAC awards, and off the field, ODU led the nation with three Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American honorees and also led the GLIAC with 39 academic all-conference selections. 

In his first season with ODU, Conley directed the Panthers to a pair of victories in GLIAC competition, with six players earning all-conference accolades following the season. Under his guidance, Noffsinger set a school single-season record for rushing yards and linebacker Vincent Vasquez set the school mark and led the conference in tackles.

Conley previously served as an assistant coach for legendary Ohio State University Head Coach Earle Bruce from 1984 to 1987. He then rejoined the coaching staff at OSU for a second stint, garnering national acclaim as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Head Coaches John Cooper and Jim Tressel from 1992 to 2003.  

During his 17 years as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes, Conley was consistently recognized as one of America's top recruiters. His recruiting classes were constantly ranked among the top ten in the nation. He was selected by The Sporting News as one of the top five college football recruiters in the country and was honored by ESPN as the No. 1 football recruiting coordinator in all of college football.  

Over his coaching career, Conley has shown his versatility in the coaching profession by coaching linebackers, defensive ends, tight ends, and special teams. While at Ohio State, he was instrumental in developing a number of All-American and eventual NFL players such as Cris Carter, Thomas "Pepper" Johnson, Chris Spielman, Mike Vrabel, Andy Groom and Mike Nugent, among others. Conley helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2002 National Championship game in a thrilling double overtime victory over Miami, as well as numerous bowl appearances in the Rose, Sugar, Cotton, Fiesta, Holiday, Hall of Fame and Outback Bowls. 

After retiring from Ohio State in the spring of 2004, Conley served as a National Recruiting Analyst for ESPN and as a contributor and analyst for Columbus-area print and broadcast media.  He was also a highly sought after motivational speaker and his book, Buckeye Bumper Crops, is a favorite among Buckeye and football fans alike. The book chronicles Conley's exploits as a player, coach and recruiter for Ohio State. Buckeye Bumper Crops is a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most successful programs in college football.

Conley is an OSU graduate and played on two Big Ten championship teams, including the 1968 National Championship team under legendary Head Coach Woody Hayes. He earned a bachelor's degree in Education from Ohio State and a master's degree in Administration from Wright State University.


Conley at Ohio Dominican

Year Overall Record Conference Record Win Percentage
2010 2-8 2-8 .200
2011 7-4 6-4 .636
2012 8-3 7-3 .727
2013 10-1 9-0 .909
2014 11-2 8-1 .846
Total 38-18 32-15


Conley at Ohio State

Year Overall Record Conference Record Win Percentage
1984 9-3 7-2 .750
1985 9-3 5-3 .750
1986 10-3 7-1 .769
1987 6-4-1 4-4 .591
1992 8-3-1 5-2-1 .708
1993 10-1-1 6-1-1 .875
1994 9-4 6-2 .692
1995 11-2 7-1 .846
1996 11-1 7-1 .917
1997 10-3 6-2 .769
1998 11-1 7-1 .917
1999 6-6 3-5 .500
2000 8-4 5-3 .667
2001 7-5 5-3 .583
2002 14-0 8-0 1.000
2003 11-2 6-2 .846
TOTAL 150-45-3 94-33-2 .765