Feckley to be Dubuque grad assistant while working on master’s

July 31, 2018

Conor Feckley football

Conor Feckley

Former University of Dubuque record-breaking quarterback Conor Feckley of Anchorage finished his playing eligibility last season, but he’s sticking around the football field.

The 23-year-old will serve as a graduate assistant coach this season for the NCAA D3 Spartans as he finishes his master’s degree in Sports Management.

“Once our head coach asked me to stick around and help coach, and that I could also get my master’s degree paid for, it was a no brainer to stay,” he told me. “I get the great opportunity to work within an offense that I am already very comfortable with.”

Feckley, of West High fame, racked up nearly 5,000 total yards and 56 touchdowns in 24 career games under center.

His best season came as a junior when he passed for 3,129 yards and 37 touchdowns.

That was the same year he threw for a school-record 634 yards and 8 touchdowns in a 70-53 shootout win over Bethel University. His yards were the fifth most in D3 history.

Feckley excited to make the transition from player to coach.

“I am super stoked that I get to work with QBs and I plan to push them to do their best in all phases, whether it’s on the field, in the classroom or watching film,” he said. “It will be a great learning experience for me as well and I am super excited to get after it.”

One of the players he will coach is Anchorage’s Sean Duffy, a former West High quarterback who transferred to Dubuque from a junior college in California.

For his career, Feckley accounted for 4,700 yards through the air and 51 touchdowns. He rushed for 278 yards and five TDs.

He earned All-Iowa Conference recognition on the field and in the classroom, making him the perfect dual-that role model for younger players.

Feckley is still adjusting to the mindset of going from player to coach, so don’t blame him for still having the urge to run on the field.

“When that first game day finally comes I’m sure I will start to get a little nervous,” he said. “It will just be a little different knowing I won’t be playing in the game.”