On Friday, April 29, the South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation welcomed Bill Conley, Coach, Ohio Dominican University, as its speaker and special guest at the Foundation's Annual Dinner and Auction.
The event was held at the Pinnacle Golf Club, 1500 Pinnacle Club Drive in Grove City, and is the foundation's largest annual fund-raising event - providing thousands of dollars each year in student scholarships and educational grants for South-Western City Schools (SWCS).
Since the inception of the South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation in 1988, more than half a million dollars has been distributed to support innovative educational programs through education grants for SWCS and to recognize excellence in achievement through SWCS student scholarships. The evening provided inspirational words from Mr. Conley, an appetizing meal with friends and community members, and several unique auction packages.
Entertainment was provided by the Central Crossing High School Jazz Band.
Bill Conley is the second head coach in the history of the Ohio Dominican University football program. 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.
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 #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/or eventual NFL players such as Cris Carter, Thomas "Pepper" Johnson, Chris Spielman, Mike Vrabel, Andy Groom and Mike Nugent to name a few. 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