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Will McClay

Will McClay
Wide receiver / Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-10-13) October 13, 1966 (age 47)
Place of birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Rice
Debuted in 1989 for the Detroit Drive
Last played in 1992 for the Detroit Drive
Made coaching debut in 1993 for the Detroit Drive
Last coached in 2008 for the Dallas Desperados
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
  • Detroit Drive (SP) (1993)
  • Milwaukee Mustangs (DC) (1995)
  • Florida Bobcats (DC) (1996)
  • Anaheim Piranhas (DC) (1997)
  • Grand Rapids Rampage (ASST) (1998)
  • Grand Rapids Rampage (1999)
  • Dallas Desperados (DC) (20022003)
  • Dallas Desperados (20042008)
  • Roster status: Retired
    Career highlights and awards
    Career Arena football statistics
    Head coaching record
    Stats at

    Will McClay (born 13 October 1966) is an Arena Football League coach for the Dallas Desperados. He has a career record of 55-26-1, including a 1-3 mark in the postseason, in which were all home games.

    Early life

    Will McClay was born on Oct 13th, 1966 in Memphis Tennessee but he grew up outside of Houston, TX. He attended Missouri City Jr. High and Marian Christian High school. He went on to play football at Rice University where he earned a bachelors degree in political science.

    Playing career

    His football career took off as a player a Rice University, where he started all four years of his collegiate career (1985-1988) as a defensive back. In 1988 he was picked up by the Arena League football Detroit Drive, where he played as a wide receiver and defensive back for four seasons (1989-1992). His most impressive year was his last, in 1992 when he racked up 34 tackles and one interception. By the end of his playing career he had helped the Drive win three arena league football titles in four appearances

    Coaching & Front Office Career

    After his career as a player, he got an opportunity to serve as the Drive's secondary and special teams coach (1993). He took two separate stints as a defensive coordinator for the Milwaukee Mustangs and the Florida Bobcats in 1995 and 1996 respectively. He moved into the management side of football in 1997 where he serves as both the defensive coordinator and the director of player personnel for the Anaheim Piranhas. He took the job as an assistant head coach and director of player personnel of the Grand Rapids Rampage in 1998 and 1999.

    McClay moved onto the XFL, where he became the director of player personnel, consultant, and scout for the Orlando Rage. He finally made the jump into the NFL as the assistant director of Pro Scouting for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2001) where his main job was to scout teams that Jacksonville did not play that year in attempt to advance scouting information. He then moved onto to the Dallas Cowboys player personnel department only to finally come full circle as the defensive coordinator for the Arena League Dallas Desperados. In 2002 he served as the inaugural defensive coordinator and thats where he would stay until the beginning of the 2004 season when he was thrust into the role as head coach just days before the season. He would remain head coach for the next five seasons where he accumulated an overall record of 55-28-1 and a 1-3 postseason record. McClay currently works as the Dallas Cowboy's as a pro scouting coordinator.


    In 2006 McClay earned the honor and was chosen by the other 18 coaches in the AFL as Coach of the Year.


    Rice Owls Magazine

    Dallas Desperados Article’-Scouting-Department/0c536fb2-09a2-40d2-9fb6-ffa07ae45708

    External links

    • AFL player stats
    • AFL coaching stats
    • Dallas Desperados bio page
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