Coach's Corner: Joy McCorvey
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Joy McCorvey is in her fourth season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan women's basketball team in 2015-16.
In 2014-15, McCorvey helped Michigan to a 20-15 record as the Wolverines eclipsed the 20-win plateau for the fourth straight season. U-M swept in-state rival Michigan State in the regular season for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign and picked up a 100-94 overtime win over Ohio State at home to highlight its Big Ten slate. Michigan set program records in points (2,446), assists (570) and had its second-best steal total (305) ever.
McCorvey works with Michigan's post players and has helped three players to four All-Big Ten honors during her time in Ann Arbor. In 2014-15, McCorvey helped Cyesha Goree earn her second straight All-Big Ten second-team nod as one of five players in the Big Ten to average a double-double at 13.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Goree reset her own season record in rebounds, grabbing 367 as a senior. She graduates as the only Wolverine in school history with two 300+ rebound seasons.
In 2013-14, McCorvey helped Goree earn All-Big Ten second-team honors. Goree went from playing 33 total minutes in her first two seasons to averaging 12.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in 29.0 minutes per game. The Wolverines went 20-14 and reached the third round of the WNIT in McCorvey's second year and set then-team records in points (2,351) and assists (524).
McCorvey helped Michigan to one of its most successful seasons in program history during her first season in 2012-13, as the Wolverines tied program records for wins (22) and consecutive wins (10) and made just their third second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. McCorvey worked with the post players, helping seniors Rachel Sheffer and Nya Jordan each earn All-Big Ten honorable mention.
On the recruiting trail, McCorvey helped Michigan sign a five-member class in 2014 that ranked as the No. 23 class in the country by theAll-Star Girls Report. In 2015, Michigan signed a consensus top-20 class.
McCorvey followed head coach Kim Barnes Aricoto Ann Arbor after spending one season as a member of Barnes Arico's staff at St. John's University during the 2011-12 season. McCorvey worked primarily with the post players and helped guide the Red Storm to a 24-10 overall record and a second-place finish in the final BIG EAST Conference standings with a 13-3 league record.The Red Storm finished behind NCAA Championship runner-up, Notre Dame, and ahead of Connecticut, who advanced to the 2012 Final Four.
St. John's pushed UConn to third place after defeating the Huskies 57-56 (Feb. 19, 2012) in Storrs, Conn. snapping Connecticut's 99-game home winning streak.The Red Storm also made the program's first Sweet 16 appearance after reaching the NCAA postseason tournament for a third consecutive year.
Before entering the coaching ranks, McCorvey is synonymous as one of the great names in St. John women's basketball history. She established herself as one of the Red Storm's greatest leaders both on and off the court during her four years as a student-athlete.
She was instrumental in lifting St. John's into the national spotlight, leading lead the team to three postseason runs. As a senior in 2009-10, McCorvey was part of one of Barnes Arico's most successful teams, as the Red Storm finished with a 25-7 overall record and advanced to the Second Round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
A former St. John's captain, she was a three-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10), a top 30 candidate for the 2010 Lowe's® Senior CLASS Award, a member of St. John's University's prestigious President's Society and was the 2008 recipient of the St. John's University Marianne Noonan Memorial.
She is just one of four St. John's players to amass more than 700 points and 700 rebounds. She ranks third in St. John's all-time rebounding records with 777 career boards. McCorvey also ranks fifth all-time in field goal percentage (.517) and ninth in career blocks with 72. She made an immediate impact as a freshman in 2006-07, playing in 28 games with 26 starts and averaging 6.8 points and 6.7 rebounds.
As a sophomore, McCorvey was just one of two players to start in all 33 contests, averaging 5.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. She also dished out a career-best 47 assists and helped lead the Red Storm to the WNIT Quarterfinals.
In 2008-09, McCorvey's .565 field goal percentage ranked third in St. John's single-season records. She averaged 6.0 points, 5.4 boards, and tallied a career-high 47 steals as the Red Storm advanced to the third round of the WNIT.
During St. John's successful 2009-10 season, McCorvey's posted career-high averages of 7.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and recorded a career-best 28 blocks. She also made major strides as a free throw shooter, shooting at a .780 clip from the foul line. McCorvey totaled five double-doubles and her on-court leadership was essential to St. John's run to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.