A 2002 graduate, Carter Conley is entering his ninth year of coaching at Centre and begins his second year as the defensive coordinator for the Colonels. In his first year as the defensive coordinator the Centre defense led the conference in the categories of scoring defense and total defense. They allowed the fewest points and generated the conference sack leader (Kevin Harman ’11). In his tenure with the Colonels, as the linebacker coach, Conley has coached two All-Americans (Matt Johnson ’08, and Adam Hay ’09). He has coached 15 all-conference performers in his eight seasons and Centre has been ranked in the top five in the nation in takeaways twice during the eight years Conley has coached, including a stretch of 49 straight games with a takeaway.
Conley is also the head strength and conditioning coordinator. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS), which is granted by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Conley has developed two NSCA Strength & Conditioning Football All-Americans since 2007, spanning all divisions of NCAA football, (Justin Roe ’06 & Brian Coxon ’10).Conley played professionally in Europe for five seasons following his career at Centre. A former all-conference linebacker and four-year starter at Centre, he earned his B.A. in Philosophy. He was also captain of the 2001 team that finished with an impressive 9-1 record and is the older brother of former Centre fullback Joe Conley (`05). He is married to Christina (Knox) Conley and they are expecting their first child this November.