Conley Named Region Coach of the Year, Finalist for National Coach of the Year
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican football coach Bill Conley was named the AFCA Region Three Coach of the Year and was also a named a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, the two organizations announced this morning.
Should Conley earn the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, he will earn $50,000 for charity and another $20,000 to the university for scholarships. Fan voting, which counts for 20 percent of each finalist's score, has re-opened at www.CoachoftheYear.com or facebook.com/LMCoachoftheYear and will continue through Dec. 22.
Now in its eighth year, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award is the only college football-coaching award that promotes both charity and scholarship through its winners. Since 2006, more than $1.8 million has been distributed to over 100 charities and colleges across the country through the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award program.
Conley, who is one of five finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, was also one of five recipients of the AFCA Region Coach of the Year honors. He guided Ohio Dominican to a 10-1 record this season as the Panthers won their first GLIAC title since joining the conference in 2010. ODU finished the regular season with an unblemished record and authored what was the longest winning streak in Division II at 15 consecutive games before falling 34-27 in the second round of the Division II playoffs to West Texas A&M.
The Panthers had 20 student-athletes earn All-GLIAC recognition, which was the highest total in the conference. Additionally, five student-athletes earned all-region honors, and two more pick up Academic All-American accolades as well.
Conley just completed his fourth season directing the Panthers and has an overall record of 27-16, including a 25-8 mark in the past three years.