MADISON TOWNSHIP – The Madison football program is looking for a new coach.
Sean Conway informed his team and the school on Tuesday night that he was stepping away from the position after five years on the job.
“I really think our program has made a lot of improvements over the last five years,” Conway said. “But it’s in a position now where it needs a new voice. Madison deserves a football coach who can give 100 percent of his focus to the program.
“I want to spend more time with our family and become a better administrator.”
Conway compiled a 29-24 record at Madison, with a 2012 Ohio Cardinal Conference championship. The Rams reached the playoffs twice during his tenure, including this past year, which concluded with a 7-4 mark.
Madison went 1-2 with a postseason victory in 2012. He also notched a 3-2 record against arch-rival Mansfield Senior, including a 21-14 win in 2014.
“It’s a surprise. We talked about this a while back, but we sure didn’t want to see Sean go,” athletics director Doug Rickert said. “If you’re going to find someone to build a winning program you have to go above and beyond what they’re supposed to do.
“I don’t think we’re going to find a coach that will outwork Sean Conway.”
Conway is the school’s dean of students and plans to stay at the high school “as long as they’ll have me. I’m a Ram.”
Previously he was the head coach at Crestview for six years and led the Cougars to a 44-19 record with a Firelands Conference championship. His career mark is 73-43.
“One of the things about Sean is that he really does care about kids,” Rickert said. “Some guys pay lip service to it, but he wants them to be successful, win awards and go to college.
“I’ve always said as a coach you want the kids to go on and succeed and someday invite you back to their wedding, you had that kind of positive impact on their lives. I think Sean Conway we’ll be invited back to a lot of weddings.
Conway and his wife Stephanie have three children, ages 5, 3 and 2.
“I want to be clear that my wife is not asking me to step down. She has supported me and continues to support me and would have supported me if I continued to be a football coach,” Conway said. “I’ll never be able to thank her enough for all the support she’s given me through 11 years as a football coach.”
Rickert said Madison does not have a teaching position open at the moment, but that could change by the end of the year. He will go through resumes over Christmas break and hopes to have a coach in place as soon as possible.
“We have some viable candidates on the inside,” Rickert said. “It’s harder to find coaches these days. You have to spend a lot of time at it and away from your family and for not that much money.
“We’ll see what kind of interest we get. Our football program is better than it was when Sean got here.”