Coach Lennon names Bill O'Boyle to coaching staff.
Bill O'Boyle is in his first season as a member of the SIU coaching staff after being named SIU's offensive line coach on March 22, 2013. He was the offensive coordinator at Colorado Mesa University in 2012.
From 2005-11, O'Boyle served as the head coach at Chadron State College, where he compiled a 51-16 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.
A three-time RMAC Coach of the Year, O'Boyle was named the Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year in 2007. Twice, he was named American Football Coaches Association Region 5 Coach of the Year, and he was also the 2006 Sportexe Division II Coach of the Year and Football Gazette National Coach of the Year.
He coached 13 All-Americans and nine Academic All-Americans during his tenure at Chadron State. Included on his list his former players is current San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead, and one of his former players, offensive lineman Garret Gilkey, was drafted by the Browns in 2013.
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 University, 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.