Conley Receives Contract Extension Until 2016

Conley Receives Contract Extension Until 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican University and head football coach Bill Conley have agreed to a contract extension until 2016.

"With our accomplishments on and off the field, we are excited with the direction of our football program," said ODU Athletic Director Jeff Blair. "Coach Conley has done an excellent job working with our student-athletes to help them achieve their goals and attain success at the conference and national level."

"Due to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes and coaching staff, the future of our football program is bright," Conley said. "It's an exciting time to be a Panther."

In his four seasons guiding the Panthers, Conley has a career record of 27-16 and led ODU to the GLIAC Championship and a bid in the NCAA Regional Playoffs in 2013. The Panthers entered the postseason with a school-record and NCAA Division II-best 15 game win streak.

ODU closed the 2013 campaign with a 10-1 record and Conley was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year, AFCA Region Three Coach of the Year, Coach of the Year, and was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. Most recently, Conley was voted by his coaching peers as the Ohio College Football Coach of the Year in the Columbus Dispatch.

The Panthers had 20 student-athletes named to the All-GLIAC team following the season, while four different players earned at least one All-American honor and two earned Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American honors.

ODU was ranked as high as seventh in the nation in 2013 and closed the season ranked 12th in the AFCA and Top 25 polls.

Conley led the Panthers through the program's transition to the NCAA Division II ranks and has recorded seven or more victories in each of the last three seasons. In 2012, he led the Panthers to a second-place finish in the GLIAC with an 8-3 overall mark and 7-3 conference record.

Prior to arriving at Ohio Dominican, Conley spent 17 years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with Ohio State under head coaches Earle Bruce, John Cooper and Jim Tressel. Before accepting the Ohio Dominican post, Conley also served as a national recruiting analyst for ESPN.

Contact: Scott Miles