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SFA names defensive coordinator Jeff Byrd interim head coach

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (SFA Athletics) - Stephen F. Austin has named Jeff Byrd as interim head football coach.

The announcement comes after head coach Clint Conque was suspended Monday pending an investigation into alleged violations of university policy. The investigation is expected to take several weeks and no comments will be made by the university until the investigation is complete.

Coach Byrd enters his second year with the Lumberjack football program after serving as SFA's defensive coordinator during the 2017 season. In early March, Byrd was promoted to assistant head coach.

A coaching veteran known for aggressive defensive play, Byrd has spent the last 15 seasons in the defensive coordinator role. Byrd came to Nacogdoches after serving as the University of Tennessee at Martin's defensive coordinator for five seasons.

Byrd spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon.

Byrd's Coaching Experience:
2017-Present: Stephen F. Austin | Defensive Coordinator
2012-16: UT-Martin | Defensive Coordinator
2009-11: Arkansas Tech | Defensive Coordinator
2005-08: Southern Arkansas | Defensive Coordinator
2003-04: Northwest Mississippi College | Defensive Coordinator
2001-02: Mars Hill College (N.C.) | Co-Offensive Coordinator
2000: Delta State | Graduate Assistant
1999: Bayou Academy (Cleveland, Miss.) | Head Coach/Athletic Director
1994-98: Washington H.S. (Greenville, Miss.) | Assistant Coach

Conque is 21-25 overall with the Jacks, including a 4-7 mark in the 2017 season.  During his first campaign in 2014, Conque led Stephen F. Austin to their first FCS playoff appearance since 2010.


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