When Carroll McCray joined the Furman staff in 2007, the Paladins gained a well respected, veteran coach with strong state, conference, and regional ties.
Now in his fourth season in charge of the Paladin offensive line coach, McCray served as head coach at Austin Peay State University for four years prior to coming to Furman.
In his four campaigns at Austin Peay, he was charged with leading the Governors’ football program from non-scholarship to scholarship level and back into the Ohio Valley Conference beginning in 2007.
Prior to being named head coach at Austin Peay in 2003, he served as coach of the centers and offensive guards at Mississippi State (2001-02) and before that spent seven seasons as offensive line coach at Samford (1994-00). He served five seasons as an assistant at South Carolina (1989-93), coaching the Gamecock offensive line, tight ends, H-backs, and special teams.
McCray began his coaching career in 1984 at SoCon member Appalachian State, serving as a graduate assistant and working with the Mountaineers’ tight ends and tackles. In 1986 he began a three-year stint as coach of Appalachian State’s inside linebackers and, in all, helped ASU post a 38-19-2 record, win two SoCon championships (1986 & `87), and make two NCAA I-AA playoff appearances during his tenure in Boone.
At South Carolina he assisted in the Gamecocks’ transition into the Southeastern Conference play and coached Ernest Dye, USC’s first All-SEC performer.
While at Samford, McCray directed several powerful Bulldog offensive lines, including a 2000 unit that set school records for rushing yards (3,439) and rushing touchdowns (41).
Since coming to Furman he has coached five All-Southern Conference performers, including 2008 SoCon Jacobs Blocking Award winning tackle Joel Bell.
A native of Monroe, N.C., he is a 1983 graduate of Gardner-Webb University, where he was a three-year letterwinner as an offensive lineman. He earned a master’s degree in social science from Appalachian State in 1985.
McCray and his wife, Angel, have a son, Trey, a junior tight end in Furman’s football program, and a daughter, Meredith.