David Corley Jr.
Biographical details
Born (1980-04-12) April 12, 1980 (age 40)
Salisbury, NC
Alma materWilliam & Mary
Playing career

David Corley Jr. is an American college football coach and former player. He played college football at William & Mary.

Early lifeEdit

Corley Jr. was born in Salisbury, NC, the son of David Sr and Gail Corley. David played high school football at Fairfield Central High in Winnsboro, South Carolina. In Corley's last two years of high school, Fairfield went 30-0 and won back-to-back state football championships.[1]

College playing careerEdit

Corley Jr. played football as a four-year starting Quarterback at NCAA Division I FCS William & Mary from 1999 to 2002. He signed with the Tribe because of coach Jimmye Laycock's reputation for developing quarterbacks, even though Corley was recruited by Clemson, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.[1] He earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 1999 and was a three-time all-conference honoree (second team in 2001 and 2002; third team in 2000).[2] In 2001, throwing for 2,808 yards and 21 touchdowns he led the Tribe to an 8-4 record, Atlantic 10 title and NCAA I-AA Playoff appearance. Corley still holds many all-time records at William and Mary including passing yards (9,805), total yards (10,948) and touchdown passes (73).[3] Corley ended his senior season as one of nation's elite players at the I-AA level and was one of the top 14 finalists for the 2002 Payton Award, given annually to the top player in Division I-AA (now-FCS) football.[4] He remains as the last four-year starter at quarterback for the Tribe, and only other for current head coach Jimmye Laycock was fellow William and Mary Athletics Hall of Famer Stan Yagiello (1981–85).[5] Corley started the last 42 consecutive games of his career, the most consecutive starts by a quarterback in school history. Corley never missed a snap due to injury over his 45-game collegiate career. He also remains the only player in school history to throw for better than 9,000 yards and run for more than 1,000 yards (1,193).[4] Overall, the W&M was 25–17 with him at the helm. In the Tribe's 2001 Homecoming contest vs. Maine, Corley became just the second player in school history to run, pass, and catch a touchdown pass in the team's 42-20 win over the Black Bears.[4] In 2014 Corley Jr. was elected into the W&M Athletics Hall of Fame.[4]

Professional playing careerEdit

Corley played in the Canadian Football League for Calgary Stampeders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He also played for the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Corley spent 2004–2005 at the high school level coaching quarterbacks at C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy in Columbia, South Carolina.[6] In his two seasons (2008–09) as the running backs coach at W&M, Corley mentored Jonathan Grimes, who broke freshman records for both rushing and all-purpose yards.[5] He served as the quarterbacks coach from 2010-12. As the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator in 2013, he guided Tre McBride to first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association recognition. McBride was the first Tribe wide out in more than a decade to claim first-team honors. Corley spent six seasons on staff at his alma mater, before heading to Connecticut. Corley was at the University of Connecticut for three seasons where he served in a variety of roles, including running backs coach, special teams coordinator, wide receivers coach and director of player engagement.[7] In his final season with the Huskies, Corley guided Arkeel Newsome to more than 1,400 all-purpose yards with 715 rushing yards and five touchdowns to go along with 273 receiving yards. He also served as the offensive coordinator for the Huskies for the final month of the season.[8] In 2017, Corley served as the wide receivers coach at Army.[6] Initially hired as the running backs coach for the Nittany Lions, for the 2018 season, Corley was switched to wide receivers coach after the hiring of Ja'Juan Seider, two weeks later.[9] On January 2, 2019 one day after Penn State’s loss to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl, Corley was relieved of his duties as wide receiver coach for the Nittany Lions.


Corley graduated from William & Mary with a degree in history in 2002. He and his wife, Lindsay, have a daughter, Charlie , and son, Bishop.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ingram, Sarah Sue.W&m's Teen Quarterback Devours Veggies, Milk And Defenses, The Daily Press, November 19, 1999.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Penn State hires RBs coach Corley,Altoona Mirror, January 13, 2018.
  3. Tribe Football Individual Records,, retrieved January 20, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Skipper, Jacob.W&M Hall of Fame,, November 26, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 David Corley Resigns for Assistant Position at UConn,, March 4, 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 David Corley Penn State Bio,Penn State University Official Athletic Site, retrieved January 19, 2018.
  7. David Corley UConn Bio,, retrieved January 23, 2018.
  8. Penn State hires David Corley as new running backs coach, "Fox 43", January 12, 2018.
  9. Levarse, Derek.Penn State hires Ja’Juan Seider as running backs coach in staffing shift,Times Leader, January 25, 2018.
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