In memory of assistant football coach Bob Conwell

In memory of assistant football coach Bob Conwell
June 27, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143

It is with a heavy heart that Benedictine University Athletics announces the passing of assistant football coach Bob Conwell on June 20, 2007 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Conwell was 47 years old. Conwell joined the Benedictine staff in 2006, handling both special teams and receivers for the Eagles’ program. “Bob was a very special person that meant more to our program than just what happened on the field” said Benedictine head coach Jon Cooper. “Bob had a unique passion for coaching that was felt by everyone with whom he came in contact. He loved the game and he loved the players and coaches he worked with. He was a tremendous example to the young men on our team and cared about them as individuals, not just for what they could do as a player. Bob was a very ‘real’ person that had an impact on all of us involved with Benedictine Football. He will be sorely missed.” Prior to coming to Benedictine, Conwell was the head coach at Concordia University Chicago for three seasons. He had also worked at Carthage College, The College of Wooster, Muskingum College and Oberlin College in various capacities during his long career in athletics at the NCAA Division III level. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s football program. Conwell had earned his master’s degree from SIU-Carbondale and his bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven University (1982). Conwell is survived by his wife, Lorie. Services were conducted at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Kenosha, Wis., on June 25. Memorial remembrances may be sent to the University of Illinois Medical Center-Chicago Campus Oncology Center, 840 S. Wood St, Chicago, Ill., 60612 or to Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania, 134 Shenot Road, Wexford, Pa., 15090.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.