Lennon met with the media in advance of SIU's season opener on Thursday, Aug. 28, vs Taylor in Saluki Stadium
Bill O'Boyle's was promoted to offensive coordinator after serving as the team's offensive line coach in 2013. Prior to joining the Salukis, he was the offensive coordinator at Colorado Mesa University in 2012.
From 2005-11, O'Boyle was the head coach at Chadron State, where he compiled a 54-22 overall record, including three-consecutive undefeated regular seasons and three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles from 2006-08. His .750 winning percentage was the third-highest for active coaches in Division II entering the 2011 season.
Under O'Boyle's guidance the Eagles won 28-straight RMAC games and earned three NCAA Division II playoff berths, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2006 and 2007 and to the second round in 2008.
As head coach at Chadron State, Bill O'Boyle was named the Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year in 2007.
He coached 13 All-Americans and nine Academic All-Americans during his tenure at Chadron State. Included on his list his former players are San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead and Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Garret Gilkey.
O'Boyle started as a graduate assistant and then assistant coach at Chadron State in the late 1980s. From 1990-1994 he spent four years at Western Illinois, his alma mater, as the offensive line coach and strength coach. He returned to Chadron State, and prior to his head coaching duties, he was the Eagles' offensive line coach and strength coach. In 1999, he became the Eagles' offensive coordinator.
O'Boyle has strong ties to both SIU and the Missouri Valley Football Conference. His uncle, Tom O'Boyle, was the Salukis' defensive coordinator under Dick Towers from 1968-73. Two brothers, Mike O'Boyle and Dennis O'Boyle, lettered in football at SIU in the early 1970s. Two more brothers, Kevin O'Boyle and Tim O'Boyle, played football at Southern. Bill played and coached football for MVFC school Western Illinois. He and his wife Susan have one daughter, Cassie.
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