Corley leaves for Penn State, Steelman option as WR coach

Army is looking for its third wide receivers coach in three seasons after the departure of David Corley earlier this week.

Corley, whose recent social-media posts stirred up the Army-Navy rivalry, will coach running backs at Penn State. He joined Army’s staff in February 2017 after three seasons at UConn.

Corley said in a Twitter post, “I want to thank coach Jeff Monken for giving me the opportunity to work with him and the awesome staff at West Point! These players are going to be leading our nation in a few years & I feel very confident that America is in good hands. We worked hard, but we had fun tying the school record for wins (10) and shutting out Air Force on the road. It was even more fun to beat Navy in the snow, while representing the 10th Mountain Division and take the Commander in Chif trophy with players, coaches and staff who worked hard! Coaching Army West Point Football has been an experience that I will never forget. Go Army, Beat Navy Again!”

Army senior wide receiver Jeff Ejekam posted a message on social media that reads, “Huge congratulations to you Coach Corley. Will never forget the fire, passion, and love you brought to the WR Room.”

Wide receivers caught seven of Army’s 20 completions in 2017. But the unit’s blocking led by Ejekam and senior Jermaine Adams was vital in the Black Knights’ No. 1- ranked rushing attack under the direction of Corley.

One option for Corley’s replacement could be former Army quarterback Trent Steelman. Steelman has coached wide receivers the past two seasons at Jacksonville University. He was the special teams coordinator for Jacksonville in 2017. Steelman, a 2013 West Point graduate and four-year starter (2009-12) for the Black Knights, owns the academy record for rushing touchdowns (45). Steelman’s 3,320 career rushing yards are the most by a quarterback in Army history.

Army currently has one West Point graduate – fullbacks coach Mike Viti – on the coaching staff.

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