SFA Sports Information

NACOGDOCHES – Former Stephen F. Austin State University head football coach Clint Conque announced his resignation today.

“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.”

Conque joined the SFA athletic staff in 2014.

“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.”

SFA Athletic Director Ryan Ivey said the department is appreciative of Conque’s years of service as head football coach.

“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.

According to SFA officials, Jeff Byrd will continue to serve as interim head coach for SFA’s football program through the 2018 season.

“We will re-evaluate the leadership structure of our team at the conclusion of the year,” Ivey said.

Conque, who led the ‘Jacks from 2014-17 and was the head coach at fellow Southland Conference member Central Arkansas from 2000-13, is the fifth-winningest coach in Southland history with a 74-55 (.574) record since 2007. His 50-34 (.595) career record in Southland contests ranks third all-time in conference coaching victories.