Steve Daniels, the assistant principal at Conway High West and former assistant football coach, is the successor to Buzz Bolding as Conway High School’s athletic director.

Daniels, who has been the assistant principal for five years, was named by unanimous vote of the school district’s board of education Tuesday night to replace Bolding, who is retiring at the end of the school year after 26 years with the school district. Bolding, who came to Conway as head football coach, is the only full-time athletic director the school district has had.

In appreciation of his service to the district, the board voted unanimously to name the multi-purpose arena at Conway High, of which Bolding spearheaded the bond issue and fund-raising effort, Buzz Bolding Arena.

Daniels is a native of North Little Rock who was formerly a quarterback for the former Ole Main High School and an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at North Little Rock Northeast. He joined Kenny Smith’s staff at Conway High in 1991 as offensive coordinator 1991 and served until he entered administration in 2005.

In 2003, he was a leading candidate for the head football coaching job at North Little Rock, which went to Bryan Hutson. For three straight weeks during the coaching search, 210 former players, school district employees and community leaders in North Little Rock endorsed him for the job in a half-page ad in the city’s weekly newspaper, The Times. He eventually withdrew his name from consideration to remain in the Conway district, where his wife, Cheryl, teaches and both his children participated in athletics. 

He also served as assistant track coach for the Wampus Cats.

He is the brother-in-law for John Thompson, the defensive coordinator at Georgia State who was a former athletic director at the University of Central Arkansas and defensive coordinator for the Arkansas Razorbacks.