Tamela McCorvey has been named acting Head Women’s Basketball Coach for the 2014-15 season.
Coach McCorvey began her career in Niceville where she played from 2004-2006 for Northwest Florida State College, then called Okaloosa-Walton College. After receiving her AA degree, McCorvey finished her playing career at Auburn University, where she amassed numerous accolades both on the court and as a team leader. McCorvey is entering her sixth season as a coach for the Lady Raiders and spent the majority of her coaching career under the tutelage of Coach Patrick Harrington.
“We are very pleased to have someone like Coach McCorvey step into this role and lead the team this season,” Athletic Director Ramsey Ross said. “She is a terrific role model for our ladies because she’s been in their shoes as a player, has a great work ethic, and has succeeded at everything she’s done. Our players are very familiar and comfortable with her, and they all respect her immensely.”
Along with Coach McCorvey’s appointment comes the addition of Coach Marvis Hodges as her assistant. Hodges returns to the Lady Raiders’ sideline with a wealth of experience, including serving as an assistant coach for the Lady Raiders from 2005-2008 before moving on to the University of Montevallo from 2008-2010, and Belmont University from 2010-2012.
The Lady Raiders recently traveled to Tallahassee on Oct. 11 to compete in a multi-team jamboree, where they went 3-0 for the day. By all accounts, they represented NWF State College and Coach Harrington very well.
“Since Coach Harrington’s accident, I’ve been extremely proud of our players and how they’ve handled this incredibly difficult situation,” Ross said. “They have responded with character and resolve and have become a much closer group, which I know would have made Coach Harrington tremendously proud.”
The Lady Raiders will begin their season in Niceville on Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. versus Lurleen B. Wallace Community College on the opening day of the Rick Flores Classic.