Barnes Arico Hires Four to Complete Women's Basketball Staff
In 2012, Joy McCorvey will begin her first season as an assistant coach on the University of Michigan women's basketball.
McCorvey, joins U-M women's basketball head coach Kim Barnes Arico after spending her first 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 lore. 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.
During her career, she was instrumental in lifting St. John's into the national spotlight. The Brewton, Ala., native helped 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.