Mickey Conn
Current position
TitleCo-defensive coordinator & safeties coach
Biographical details
Born (1971-10-09) October 9, 1971 (age 52)
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–1997Alabama (GA)
1998–1999South Gwinnett High School (assistant)
2000–2015Grayson High School
2016Clemson (DA)
2017–2020Clemson (S)
2021Clemson (S/STC)
2022–presentClemson (co-DC/S)
Head coaching record
Overall137–48 (high school)
Accomplishments and honors
As a player
As a coach

Mickey Conn (born October 9, 1971) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Clemson University. He has served in various assistant coaching roles at Clemson since 2016, including as defensive assistant in 2016, safeties coach from 2017 to 2020 and special teams coordinator and safeties coach in 2021.

Conn played college football at the University of Alabama as a defensive back from 1990 to 1994. Prior to his tenure at Clemson, Conn held a head coaching position at Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia and two assistant coaching positions at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Georgia and at the University of Alabama.

Playing career

Conn walked on to play defensive back for Gene Stallings at Alabama from 1990 to 1994 eventually getting a scholarship. He redshirted his freshman season and lettered from the 1992 national championship season to 1994.

Coaching career


Conn began his career in coaching at his alma mater Alabama in 1996 where he worked as a graduate assistant under his former head coach, Gene Stallings. He was retained in 1997 under Mike DuBose’s new staff also as a graduate assistant.

High school

In 1998 and 1999 Conn coached at his former high school, South Gwinnett High School in Atlanta. For the next 16 years Conn was the head coach at Grayson High School[1] where he compiled a 137 and 48 record.[2][3]


Conn joined Clemson's coaching staff under his former teammate Dabo Swinney in 2016 as a defensive assistant.[4] In 2017 he was promoted to safeties coach.[5] For the 2021 season he was given the additional responsibility of being the team's special teams coordinator.[6]

On December 14, 2021, Conn was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach, alongside Wes Goodwin, replacing Brent Venables after his departure to become the head coach at the University of Oklahoma.[7]

Personal life

Conn is the uncle of Appalachian State Mountaineers quarterback Chase Brice.[8] Conn and his wife Halie have two children.

Conn has been lifelong best friends with Alabama pastor,Jay Stewart. Conn credits his success with Grayson High School to Stewart who was the Chaplain for several years.


  1. ^ Bradley, Mark. "Loganville's Wayne Gallman: A big deal for No. 1 Clemson". ajc. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  2. ^ "Grayson Football Coach Mickey Conn Leaving For Clemson". Loganville-Grayson, GA Patch. 2016-03-17. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  3. ^ Hammock, Will. "Grayson head football coach Mickey Conn resigns for position with Clemson football". Gwinnett Prep Sports. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  4. ^ "Two prep football coaches to join Clemson staff". USA TODAY High School Sports. 2016-03-18. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  5. ^ Hope, Dan. "Clemson coach Mickey Conn excited to be back on field". Independent Mail. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  6. ^ "Gwinnett native Mickey Conn named special teams coordinator at Clemson". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  7. ^ "Clemson announces football staff changes". Clemson Tigers. December 14, 2021. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  8. ^ Laskey, Chastity. "Chase Brice: 3 things to know about the Clemson football backup quarterback". The Daily Advertiser. Retrieved 2021-07-19.