A 2002 graduate, Carter Conley has been coaching at Centre since 2003 and has served as the defensive coordinator for the Colonels since 2010.
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 2011, the Centre defense ranked second in the conference, and the Colonels advanced to play Mount Union in the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
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 25 all-conference performers in his time at Centre, and the defense has been ranked in the top five in the nation in takeaways twice, 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 Specialist (CSCS), which is granted by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Conley has developed three NSCA Strength & Conditioning Football All-Americans since 2007, spanning all divisions of NCAA football, (Justin Roe ’06, Brian Coxon ’10 and Kent Crick '12).
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 Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and also holds a Master of Science degree in recreation and athletic administration from the athletic administration and coaching program at Western Kentucky University. 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, has a daughter Ella Jane, born in November 2011, and a son, Patrick Carter Conley III "Colonel," born in July of 2013.