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.