| Scotty Conley
You can come home again. One has only to ask Scotty Conley. The Winnsboro native came home when his alma mater came calling and became the 17th head football coach at Texas A&M University-Commerce on December 11, 2003 when appointed by A&M-C president Dr. Keith McFarland.
Conley earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1970, and his master's degree in secondary and higher education, awarded in 1973.
His first season saw the Lions turn around from 1-10 to 4-6 overall with three of the losses by three points or less in righting the ship.
He led the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals to the 1997 National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship. He was named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year and American Football Quarterly Junior College Coach of the Year after directing TVCC to a perfect 12-0 record complete with a Red River Bowl victory over Garden City (Kan.).
He won a pair of Southwest Junior College Football Conference championships at Trinity Valley and was named conference coach of the year twice, compiling a record of 32-12 in four seasons, winning at a 72.7 percent clip.
He left TVCC after the 1999 season to become the special team coordinator at the United States Naval Academy, where he coached the 2000 and 2001 season.
Before Trinity Valley, Conley spent 15 seasons as a college assistant coach, primarily at the highest levels of NCAA Division I-A football.
"We've made an excellent choice," stated McFarland. "There's no doubt he'll continue his success, put us back on the winning way and enhance the future of our football program."
His only non-Division I-A stop was just before going to TVCC when he was an assistant at Howard Payne from 1993 to 1995.
He was the special teams coordinator at Arkansas as well as linebackers and tight ends coach from 1990 to 1992, helping the Razorbacks to the 1991 Independence Bowl.
Conley coached running backs and receivers at Rice in 1989, running backs at Tennessee in 1988 and linebackers at Kansas in 1987.
He was a linebackers coach at Texas from 1982 to 1986 and coached the Longhorns to the 1982 Sun Bowl, the 1984 Cotton Bowl, the 1984 Freedom Bowl and the 1985 Bluebonnet Bowl.
He was also the running backs coach at Texas A&M in 1980 and 1981, helping the Aggies to a berth in the 1981 Independence Bowl.
Before going into collegiate football, Conley was the offensive coordinator at Plano Senior High from 1977 to 1979 and was the linebackers coach there from 1974 to 1976. While at Plano, he helped the Wildcats to the 1977 State 5A Championship and to district titles in five of his six seasons.
He was an assistant at Mt. Vernon from 1972 to 1973 and at Whitewright in 1971.
Conley was in private business for two years after leaving Navy following the 2001 season. He was hungry to return, especially at his alma mater.
"I used the time away from coaching to study other programs," Conley explained. "What I observed has been a great benefit to me. It's made me more committed in the direction we want to take this program."
Conley was an outstanding high school athlete for the WHS Red Raiders. He was inducted into the Winnsboro High School Hall of Honor a few years ago. He started his collegiate career at Texas A&M, where he lettered on the freshman team in 1966 before coming to Commerce to get his degrees.
A family man, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Glenda Phillips in September 1967, and they'll celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary this year. They have two grown children, son Chris and daughter Cortney along son-in-law Carl Mosier. The Conleys have two grandsons, Mack and Hayden Mosier.