TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball head coach Sue Semrau has added two talented coaches to her staff, announcing the additions of assistant coaches Joy McCorvey and JC Carter to the Seminole program.
“I couldn’t be more excited about Joy and JC joining our Seminole Family,” Semrau said. “Their knowledge and experience coupled with their enthusiasm will bring an exciting energy to our program. I am looking forward to what this staff will bring in order to push Florida State women’s basketball to the next level.”
Both assistant coaches come to Tallahassee with plenty of experience. Carter was an assistant coach over the last four years at Utah State of the Mountain West Conference, while McCorvey spent her last six years as an assistant coach at Michigan out of the Big Ten.
Carter, a 2002 Southwest Baptist University graduate, has become an offensive guru over the years. While with the Aggies program, he oversaw player skill development, ran summer camps and played a big role in recruiting. Under his watch, the 2015-16 season was highlighted by the Aggies ranking in the top half of the Mountain West in every offensive category.
McCorvey, a four-year captain at St. John’s from 2006-10, helped build up the Michigan women’s basketball program during her six seasons in Ann Arbor. One of her responsibilities over her last five years has been the development of her post players, helping pave the way for a second-round NCAA Tournament appearance for the Wolverines this past season.
“I am ecstatic and grateful for the opportunity Coach Sue has given me to coach, mentor and empower our student-athletes,” McCorvey said. “Florida State is a program that has consistently competed at the national level, and I am eager to learn, grow and help continue the success of the program.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Kim Barnes Arico for her mentorship and continued support in my time here at Michigan.”
Last year, Michigan led the Big Ten in rebound margin at +8.5 per game, a statistic that has been synonymous with Florida State’s success. A special 2016-17 season in which Michigan set its program mark with 28 wins included helping former post player Cyesha Goree receive her second consecutive All-Big Ten second team honor.
Like McCorvey, Carter has coached many all-conference selections. In his four seasons at Utah State, he helped two players earn Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors in guard Eliza West (2017) and fellow guard Funda Nakkasoglu (2015).
Carter has coached both men’s and women’s basketball at the collegiate level, spending one season as a men’s assistant coach at John Brown University. He also spent four seasons at his alma mater, Southwest Baptist University, as a men’s assistant coach beginning in 2007 and guided it to the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association title in 2008.
“I am really excited for the opportunity to join the Florida State family and the community of Tallahassee,” Carter said. “Under the leadership of head coach Sue Semrau, Florida State has become one of the premier teams in the nation. With Coach Sue’s passion and vision, the future of the program is extremely bright.
“I look forward to not only building upon the program’s past successes, but pushing us to even greater heights. I want to thank Coach Sue and Vice President/Athletics Director Stan Wilcox for this opportunity. Go Noles!”
McCorvey’s established résumé also includes coaching five different players to eight All-Big Ten honors, including incoming Florida State Women’s Basketball graduate assistant Jillian Dunston who earned a spot on the 2018 Big Ten All-Defensive Team.
McCorvey, who received a Bachelor of Science in Child Education from St. John’s in 2010, was part of a coaching staff that signed a consensus Top-20 signing class in 2015. As a former student-athlete from 2006-10, she led the Red Storm to three post-season trips which included an NCAA Second Round appearance in 2010.
She ranks third at St. John’s with 777 career rebounds and is one of just four players at the school with 700+ points and rebounds. McCorvey, a three-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection, was an assistant coach at her alma mater in 2011-12 in a season that included ending UConn’s 99-game win streak and reaching the program’s first NCAA Sweet 16.
Carter’s first head coaching position was with the SBU women’s team for three seasons beginning in 2008. His collegiate playing career started at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas, then transferred to Stephen F. Austin as a sophomore. He finished his remaining two years at SBU in Bolivar, Mo., and earned the Greg Germany 2002 Senior Leadership Award.
Carter received his undergraduate degree at SBU in 2002.