Former University of Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin State University coach Clint Conque announced his resignation from SFA on Monday.
Conque was suspended indefinitely on June 18 when SFA announced an investigation into violation of policy.
Conque, who has been on staff since 2014, announced his resignation via the Lumberjacks’ website.
“Today, I announce my decision to step down as the head football coach at Stephen F. Austin,” Conque said. “Although I have remained confident in the ongoing investigation into the potential violation of university policy, as a family of faith and out of my respect to my profession, I do not want this situation to be a further distraction to the 2018 football team and season. I deeply care for my players and wish them great success this season and beyond.”
In his time at SFA, Conque compiled an overall record of 21-25, including 17-18 in Southland Conference play.
“It’s been a privilege to serve the university and to work with many outstanding players and coaches - past and present,” he said. “I am proud of the foundation that is in place both on and off the field. I have arrived at this decision on my own and look to move forward in my career.”
Because of his suspension, defensive coordinator Jeff Byrd was named interim head coach of the Lumberjacks for the 2018 season.
This is not the first time Conque potentially violated university policy, as the Log Cabin reported in 2010 Conque admitted to an inappropriate relationship while he was coaching at UCA.
Conque remained the coach at UCA until he made a lateral move to SFA in 2013.
Prior to leaving UCA, Conque coached the Bears for 14 seasons and compiled a 105-58 record, including conference championships at NCAA Division II and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision competition.
He was a three-time finals for coach of the year in the FCS and his UCA teams led the SLC in academic progress three straight years.
Conque was set to enter his fifth season at SFA after signing a five-year, $200,000 contract in 2013.
SFA athletic director Ryan Ivey, who took over the post July 1, said the department is appreciative of Conque’s years of service as head football coach.
“At this point, we remain focused on the 2018 season and the work our student-athletes and staff have done and will continue to do leading up to kickoff on Sept. 1,” Ivey said. “We will re-evaluate the leadership structure of our team at the conclusion of the year.”
Conque’s potential wrongdoings have not been released by the university as the investigation is ongoing.
The Lumberjacks will play host to the Bears on Oct. 13 in Nacogdoches, Texas.