Joy McCorvey

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Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Updated April 15, 2020

  • Assistant Coach Joy McCorvey prepares for her third season with the Seminoles in 2020-21 – her latest chapter in a coaching career that spans a decade and points to a rising star in the profession. Her first years for Florida State speak to the impact she has made since coming to Tallahassee.
  • McCorvey played a large role in another successful campaign for FSU in 2019-20, which included a 24-8 overall record and the team reaching its second ACC title game. McCorvey was instrumental in the rise of All-American forward Kiah Gillespie, who finished a tremendous two-year run with FSU by averaging 15.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and shooting 45.1 percent from the floor. The development of freshman center River Baldwin was also evident in 2019-20, as she won ACC Rookie of the Week twice.
  • Spear-heading the team’s recruiting efforts and low post play, Florida State made large strides in both areas in McCorvey’s first go-around. The Seminoles’ 2019 signing class consisted of five-star players Baldwin (Andalusia, Ala.) and Sammie Puisis (Mason, Ohio) as well as Top-20 post player London Clarkson (Pflugerville, Texas).
  • Gillespie and Valencia Myers enjoyed standout seasons in 2018-19 under the wisdom of McCorvey. Gillespie earned WBCA All-America honors and earned a spot on the competitive All-ACC Team. Myers, in her first season, made the All-ACC Freshmen Team and emerged as one of the nation’s most feared shot blockers with 54 rejections.
  • McCorvey played a big role in helping coach a Seminole squad that had to replace its entire starting five in 2018-19 to a 24-9 overall record and a 10-6 mark in the ACC. Despite entering the year with a majority of new faces and depleted depth due to injuries, FSU was able to make its 14th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 15 seasons. In 2019-20, FSU was in the running for a Top-16 host seed until the NCAA postseason was canceled due to COVID-19.
  • McCorvey was announced as an assistant coach for the Florida State Women’s Basketball team on May 4, 2018, by head coach Sue Semrau.
  • McCorvey spent her previous six years (2012-18) as an assistant coach at Michigan out of the Big Ten.
  • A four-year captain at St. John’s from 2006-10, she helped build up the Michigan women’s basketball program during her six seasons in Ann Arbor.
  • One of her responsibilities over her previous five years at Michigan was the development of her post players, helping pave the way for a second-round NCAA Tournament appearance for the Wolverines in 2017-18.
  • Michigan led the Big Ten in 2017-18 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.
  • McCorvey’s established résumé also includes coaching five different players to eight All-Big Ten honors, including former Florida State Women’s Basketball graduate assistant Jillian Dunston who earned a spot on the 2018 Big Ten All-Defensive Team.
  • She received a Bachelor of Science in Child Education from St. John’s in 2010.
  • McCorvey 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.