Dr. Brad Teague, Central Arkansas’ Director of Athletics, issued the following statement on Conque’s resignation and the search for the next leader of the UCA football program:

“We appreciate the 14 years Coach Conque dedicated to UCA and Conway. UCA has a longstanding championship tradition, and Clint Conque continued this tradition and led us into our Division I era with great success, and for that we are thankful.

“UCA is and always has been a very strong athletics program, and football is a cornerstone of this strength and has been for many decades. The University of Central Arkansas has quickly become one of the nation’s preeminent Division I FCS programs, and because of that there will be considerable interest from quality candidates who will not only continue, but build upon this institution’s standard of success both in academics and athletic achievements. I can assure our current student-athletes and fans that we will continue the UCA way of winning on and off the field.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our next head football coach. There are precious few jobs around the country that combine our type of quality institution, a nationally-respected football program, and a winning athletics program situated on a vibrant, beautiful campus in a fabulous city with great people. This is a coveted position, and there is no doubt we will have many high-caliber football coaches with a great desire to lead this program.”

“We will immediately begin focusing on the search for our next head coach. Head coaching and/or Division I experience is very important, as is a passion for helping our student-athletes succeed as football players and men and upholding the standards of this university. Quality people work at UCA, and that will continue with this and all hires.”