One of the greatest players ever to wear the Green and Gold, David Corley, Jr., comes into his fourth season on the Tribe’s staff and his second as the quarterbacks coach. A 2002 graduate of the College, Corley finished his career as the program’s all-time leading passer and brings a wealth of perspective and playing experience to his coaching duties. Corley’s primary recruiting areas include the Richmond area, southern Atlanta and South Carolina. He also recruits Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama. After joining the W&M staff in 2008, Corley spent two seasons working with the team’s running backs before becoming the quarterbacks coach. He made an immediate impact working with the running backs as he groomed tailback Jonathan Grimes into one of the most decorated athletes in the history of the conference. Grimes set the Tribe’s freshman records for both rushing and all-purpose yards and was named as a honorable mention All-American as a return specialist. Grimes follow-up sophomore campaign established him as one of the country’s top running backs, as the Palmyra, N.J., native moved into the program’s career top-10 lists in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Grimes earned first-team all-conference honors in 2010 after leading the league with 1,294 rushing yards, a figure that ranks third on W&M’s single-season list. Additionally, he ranked second in the conference and 13th nationally with 145.9 all purpose yards per game while finding the end zone 10 times. In addition to leading the Tribe’s ground attack, Grimes also distinguished himself on special teams and earned third-team All-CAA honors as a kick returner. Corley returned to the College where he excelled as a four-year starter and multiple-time allconference quarterback from 1999 through 2002. He wrote his name in nearly every significant passing record for the school, including graduating as the Tribe’s all-time leader in passing yards (9,805), total offense (10,948) and touchdown passes (73). He remains one of only two quarterbacks (the other being Stan Yagiello, 1981-85) to be a four-year starter during the Laycock era. Corley began his playing career by earning the league’s Rookie of the Year honors after the 1999 season, where he started the final eight games of the Tribe’s schedule. He twice led the league in passing efficiency (1999 and 2002) and earned post-season honors in each of his final four years on campus. Corley played an important role in helping lead the team to a conference title in 2001 and was selected as the squad’s captain for the 2002 season. The native of Columbia, S.C., was named as the College’s Outstanding Senior Athlete for the 2002-03 school year and was a two-time runner up for the prestigious Dudley Award, presented annually to the outstanding collegiate player in the state of Virginia. Corley is able to draw on a wide-range of playing experience he gathered in professional playing stints in the Canadian Football League with the Hamilton Tiger Cats (2003) and Calgary Stampeders (2006). He also was as a member of the Arena Football League’s New York Dragons (2005). Corley met his wife, Brianne, while playing professional football in the Canadian Football League. They reside in Williamsburg and welcomed their first child, a daughter, Charlie Grace Corley, on Nov. 26, 2010.
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After joining the Tribe staff in March, D.K. McDonald, Jr., enters his first season as the program’s defensive backs coach. McDonald handles recruiting in northwestern Virginia and western Pennsylvania. McDonald comes to W&M after serving as the secondary coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for the past five seasons. During his tenure with the Crimson Hawks, McDonald worked under head coach Lou Tepper and mentored a pair of All-Americans and five all-conference performers. Highlighting those standouts was Akwasi OwusuAnsah, a fourth-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys last spring. In addition to his coaching duties with the defense, McDonald also served as IUP’s recruiting coordinator. “D.K. will be a fine addition to our staff,” stated Laycock at the time of McDonald’s hiring. “He has learned the game under some quality head coaches and brings a great work ethic to our program. I am confident he will be an excellent fit with our defensive coaching staff.” Prior to his stint at IUP, McDonald coached and coordinated the defensive secondary at his alma mater, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, from 2003-06. During that time, he developed an All-American and four all-conference honorees. Additionally, in 2005 the Fighting Scots led the nation in scoring, rushing and total defense and ranked third in passing efficiency defense. McDonald was a four-year starter at cornerback at Edinboro from 1997-2000. He was a first team All-PSAC West selection as a junior when he totaled 29 tackles and a teamhigh 11 pass breakups. A native of Orrville, Ohio, McDonald finished his career with 108 tackles, four interceptions and 34 breakups. McDonald graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2001 and was a scholar-athlete all four years. He served as the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was an Erie area representative for that organization after his graduation.
2011 W&M Tribe Football Media Guide