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Longtime UNT official Scotty Conley has retired

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

Scotty Conley has retired after nine seasons with the North Texas football program.

Conley spent the last two seasons as UNT's director of high school relations. He was UNT's director of football operations from 2009-15 and has spent more than 40 years working in high school and college football.

Multiple UNT sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed Conley's departure Sunday.


Conley served under three head coaches during his time at UNT after being hired by former Mean Green coach Todd Dodge in 2009. He also worked under Dan McCarney and Seth Littrell, who is entering his third season with the Mean Green.

Conley worked behind the scenes to bolster UNT's relationship with high school programs in the state the last two years. He handled several other responsibilities during his time at UNT, including travel, scheduling, budgets and recruiting.

Conley began his high school coaching career at Mt. Vernon in 1972 and went on to coach at Plano from 1974-80. He helped led Plano to the Class 4A state title in 1977 before going on to work as an assistant coach at several college programs, including Texas A&M, Texas, Rice and Tennessee.

Conley later worked as the head coach at Trinity Valley Community College from 1996-2000 and Texas A&M-Commerce from 2004-09.

Conley led Trinity Valley to the NJCAA national title in  1997, when he was named the national junior college coach of the year.

The departure of Conley is the second change to UNT's staff since the end of Littrell's highly successful second season with the Mean Green. UNT finished 9-5 and won the Conference USA West Division title before falling to Troy in the New Orleans Bowl.

Littrell announced that he has hired former Cowboys running back Tashard Choice as his new running backs coach late this week. Choice spent last season at UNT as an offensive quality control assistant.

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