Woody McCorvey returned to Clemson after 20 years to become Associate Athletic Director for Football Administration on Dabo Swinney's first staff in 2009. McCorvey was Swinney's position coach during his playing days at Alabama and served as wide receivers and tight ends coach on Danny Ford's Tiger staff from 1983-89.
McCorvey serves as the primary liaison between Swinney and the athletic and IPTAY administrations. He also oversees the management of the football administrative offices.
His return has had a positive effect on the program. Just three years after his return, the Tigers won their first ACC title in 20 years. The program has won two ACC Atlantic Division titles, been to three bowl games, and finished ranked in the top 25 twice.
He supervises the football budget and works with the staff at Vickery Hall to oversee the team's academic progress. Clemson had five players named to the All-ACC Academic team in 2011 and Clemson's APR score in 2012 was seventh-best among Division I programs. He also makes speaking engagements and represents the football staff at various meetings and functions.
"He is my national security advisor," said Swinney. "My experience with him dates to my days as a player at Alabama when he was my position coach. He coached at Clemson in the 1980s under Ford and knows all about our winning tradition. He has been a part of 12 conference championship teams in his impressive career."
McCorvey worked seven seasons at Clemson between 1983-89. With McCorvey coaching the tight ends from 1983-85 and the wide receivers from 1986-89, Clemson posted a 60-19-3 record and won three ACC titles. During that time, the Tigers were invited to the 1985 Independence Bowl, the 1986 and 1989 Gator Bowls, and the 1988 and 1989 Citrus Bowls. Clemson posted a 10-2 record in each of his last three seasons under Ford.
Among the players he recruited were future Pro Bowlers Donnell Woolford and Chester McGlockton. He also coached NFL players Keith Jennings and K.D. Dunn.
McCorvey coached at the Division I level for 26 years and went to a bowl game 17 of those seasons. Overall, he had 36 years of experience as a football coach. He coached or signed 36 players who went on to a professional football career as well.
From 1990-08, he coached in the SEC every year, including each of the last five at Mississippi State, where he served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in addition to coaching the quarterbacks. He was a big reason the Bulldogs won eight games, including wins over Auburn, Alabama, and Mississippi, in 2007. He also coached running back Anthony Dixon, who was a sixth-round draft pick by the 49ers in 2010, and Kyle Love, a free-agent signee.
McCorvey coached at Tennessee for five years (1999-03). With him heading the running game, the Volunteers had a 46-14 record. He helped guide Tennessee to the 2000 Fiesta Bowl, 2001 Cotton Bowl, 2002 Citrus Bowl, and 2002 and 2003 Peach Bowls. Tennessee won three consecutive New Year's Day Bowl games from 2000-02 as well.
Under McCorvey's leadership, Tennessee maintained the school's reputation of having an outstanding rushing attack. The Volunteers led the SEC in rushing in 1999, averaging 191.3 yards per game. His work helped tailback Travis Stephens pace the SEC in rushing yards (1,464) in 2001. One year prior, McCorvey helped tailback Travis Henry finish second in the league and 14th in the nation in rushing yards (1,314). Another of his protegés was Jamal Lewis, who finished in the top five on the Tennessee career rushing list and was the #5 overall pick of the 2000 NFL draft. He has gone on to an All-Pro career in the NFL.
Prior to joining the staff at Tennessee, McCorvey worked one season at South Carolina, where he served as the wide receivers coach in 1998 under former Tiger Assistant Coach Brad Scott.
McCorvey took the South Carolina job following an eight-year stay at Alabama from 1990-97. He served seven seasons as its wide receivers coach and the 1996 campaign as offensive coordinator. He was the assistant head coach in 1997 as well.
Alabama had five top-25 final rankings in his tenure, including three seasons in the top five. The Crimson Tide won the 1992 national title with McCorvey serving as wide receivers coach and Swinney as one of his student-athletes. That season culminated with a 34-13 win over heavily-favored Miami (FL) in the Sugar Bowl. Current Tiger Assistant Coach Danny Pearman was also on that staff.
During the 1990-96 era, Alabama posted a 70-16-1 record and played in six bowl games. With McCorvey at the controls of the offense in 1996, Alabama finished 10-3, including a win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl.
Alabama's players flourished under his guidance. As offensive coordinator, running back Shaun Alexander established many school records and later went on to a Pro Bowl career with the Seattle Seahawks. In 1993, David Palmer established school records for catches and receiving yards along with earning first-team All-America honors. Palmer was third in the Heisman Trophy balloting, the highest finish in history for an Alabama player at the time.
From 1979-82, he served as an assistant coach at Alabama A&M and helped that program to the #6 rushing offense in Division II in 1981 after finishing 11th in the nation in scoring offense in 1980. McCorvey began his collegiate coaching career at North Carolina Central in 1978.
McCorvey began his coaching career with a six-year stint (1972-77) at J.M. Tate Senior High School in Florida. A quarterback at Alabama State from 1968-71, McCorvey earned his bachelor's degree from Alabama State in 1972 and a master's degree from West Florida in 1977.
In 2010, McCorvey was inducted into the Atmore (AL) Hall of Fame. The Atmore, AL native is married to the former Ann Brown. The couple has a son, Marlon.