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David Corley
David  Corley

Salisbury, N.C.

Wide Receivers

Alma Mater:
William & Mary


Corley Added to FB Staff

David Corley joins staff as running backs coach after stint at Army

  • Corley joined the Nittany Lion coaching staff in January 2018 and is in his first season as wide receivers coach.
  • Corley helped the Black Knights to a second-straight bowl win and the Commander in Chief’s Trophy in 2017.
  • Army won back-to-back bowl games for just the second time in school history and claimed the Commander in Chief’s Trophy for the first time since 1996. The Black Knights also tied the school record with 10 wins.
  • Prior to his stint at Army, 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.
  • 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.
  • In Corley’s season as the wide outs coach in 2015, he helped Noel Thomas see his production double from the previous season with 719 yards on 54 receptions with a trio of touchdowns.
  • In his role as the special teams coordinator, Corley led the Huskies’ punt return defense to a top-20 national ranking.
  • In 2014, Corley helped Newsome become the first UConn true freshman to accumulate 1,000 all-purpose yards since 2002.
  • Corley spent six seasons on staff at his alma mater, William & Mary, before heading the UConn.
  • As the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator in 2013, he guided Tre McBride to first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) recognition. McBride was the first Tribe wide out in more than a decade to claim first-team honors.
  • He served as the quarterbacks coach from 2010-12.
  • 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 and eventually jumped into the program’s top-10 in career rushing and rushing touchdowns as a sophomore. He graduated as the most decorated player in CAA history with 11 all-conference honors in his career.
  • Corley played in the CFL for Calgary Stampeders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He also played for the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League.
  • Corley was four-year starter at quarterback for William & Mary, where he broke the program’s career records for passing yards (9,805), total offense (10,948) and touchdown passes (73).
  • 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).
  • In 2001, he guided the Tribe to an Atlantic 10 title and NCAA Playoff appearance as he threw for 2,808 yards and 21 touchdowns.
  • A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, he graduated from William & Mary with a degree in history in 2002.
  • Corley was inducted into the William & Mary Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
  • Corley and his wife, Lindsay, have a daughter, Charlie (7), and son, Bishop (4).

The Corley File

Hometown: Salisbury, N.C.
Alma Mater: William & Mary
Degree: Bachelor’s, history
Family: Wife, Lindsay; daughter, Charlie, and son, Bishop

Coaching Career
2018-pres. - Penn State (running backs)
2017 - Army West Point (wide receivers)
2014-16 - Connecticut (running backs, wide receivers)
2008-13 - William & Mary (running backs, quarterbacks, wide receivers)
2004-05 - C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy (quarterbacks)


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