The family of a Centre College football coach who fell from a cliff Wednesday while hiking in Ireland has released his name and condition.
Patrick Conley, defensive coordinator Carter Conley’s father, posted on Facebook that his son and the player injured after falling from the Cliffs of Moher in western Ireland are in stable condition.
“Both have already had surgery and are in stable condition,” Patrick Conley wrote. “But recovery could take a long time.”
The identity of the student football player has not been released.
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Conley has coached at Centre since 2003 and has been defensive coordinator since 2010, according to the Centre College website.
The Irish Coast Guard and a local search-and-rescue team were called to help the men; one had to be flown off the cliffs, according to several Irish media reports.
Centre College President John Roush sent an email early Thursday morning to Centre College students and staff confirming that a student athlete and a coach were injured in Ireland. Roush didn’t release their names because of student and health care privacy laws.
The Irish Examiner, a daily newspaper, reported that one might have a serious back injury, and the other might have leg injuries.
“Each is being treated at a separate hospital,” Roush wrote. “Details are limited, but they are on the mend.”
The Centre College football team traveled to Northern Ireland to play against the Belfast Trojans on May 27. Roush said many players, coaches and relatives stayed in Ireland afterward to travel.