Assistant Professor of PGA Golf Management & Assistant Director, PGA Golf Management Program
B.S., Murray State University; M.Ed., Campbell University
After directing the Methodist Monarchs to 10 NCAA Division III national championships in 22 years, Steve Conley begins his 28th campaign as head coach of the Methodist University men's golf team. He also serves Methodist as an assistant professor and assistant director of Methodist's nationally-renowned Professional Golf Management program.
Conley is an active member of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA). He has achieved the highest level of rating at the PGA/USGA Rules Workshop. In 2007, at age 44, he was the youngest coach to be inducted into the GCAA Hall of Fame.
The Monarchs have finished in the nation's top five in 25 of 26 seasons since Conley came onto the scene in 1987. Highlighting the success are national championships in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2010 plus three national runner-up finishes, 10 third-place finishes and three fourth and fifth-place finishes at the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
Nine national championships in the 1990s flowed quickly, but the 10th championship finally came to fruition in 2010. The 2009-10 season proved historic with nine tournament wins. The Monarchs won Conley's 20th conference championship and his 10th national championship in 2010. At the conclusion of the year, Conley was named the Thomas R. and Elizabeth E. McLean Foundation Methodist University Coach of the Year.
Conley has been named Coach of the Year in both Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the USA South Athletic Conference 18 times, NCAA Division III Region III Coach of the Year 14 times, and a NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year five times. He has produced nine individual national champions, 43 All-Americans, and 11 Academic All-Americans. In addition, 20 of the Monarchs' 28 conference championships have come under Conley's tenure.
After his induction into the GCAA Hall of Fame in 2007, Conley is a member of the 2010 USA South Hall of Fame Induction Class and a 2012 inductee into the Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame.
During the summer of 1998, Conley represented his country as the USA coach for the USA/Japan Matches in Tochigi-Ken, Japan.
The 1986 Murray State graduate earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education with honors. While at MSU, Conley earned Academic All-American status and notched two collegiate tournament victories. He later earned a master's degree in education with a concentration in physical education from Campbell in 1991.