By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Clint Conque has resigned as the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks head football coach on Monday. The 57-year-old was suspended in June due to alleged violations of university policy.
It is not clear what conduct Conque participated in to be suspended.
“Today I announce my decision to step down as the head football coach at Stephen F. Austin,” Conque said. “Although I have remained confident in the ongoing investigation into the potential violation of university policy, as a family of faith and out of respect to my profession, I do not want this situation to be a further distraction to the 2018 football team and season. I deeply care for my players and wish them great success this season and beyond.”
He was just 21-25 with the Lumberjacks. He was hired as the head coach prior to the 2014 season. Last season, his team went 4-7 with a 4-5 record within the Southland Conference.
The 4-7 record is the worst record that he has had as the Lumberjacks head coach, as he also had a 4-7 record in 2015. He also had another losing record in 2016, as his team went 5-6. The Lumberjacks went 8-5 in 2014, his first season at the school.
“It has been a privilege to serve the university and to work with many outstanding players and coaches – past and present. I am proud of the foundation that is in place both on and off the field,” he said. “I have arrived at this decision on my own and look to move forward in my career.”
Stephen F. Austin athletic director Ryan Ivey has appointed Jeff Byrd as the interim head coach. This is Byrd’s second season at the school after serving last season as the defensive coordinator.
“At this point we remain focused on the 2018 season and the work our student-athletes and staff have done and will continue to do leading up to kickoff on Sept. 1,” Ivey said. “We will re-evaluate the leadership structure of our team at the conclusion of the year.”
Prior to coming to Stephen F. Austin, Byrd spent five seasons as the University of Tennessee at Martin defensive coordinator. He also spent three seasons as the Arkansas Tech defensive coordinator.
He spent another four seasons as the Southern Arkansas defensive coordinator. He was the Northwest Mississippi College defensive coordinator for two seasons.
Byrd spent two seasons as the Mars Hills College in North Carolina Co-Offensive Coordinator. He was also a graduate assistant at Delta State. He was a high school assistant and coach head from 1994 through 1999.
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