Will McClay

Will McClay
Position: Wide receiver / Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-10-13) October 13, 1966
Place of birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Rice
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena statistics
Receptions: 30
Yards: 422
Touchdowns: 3
Tackles: 75
Interceptions: 3
Head coaching record
Regular season: 55–26–1 (.677)
Postseason: 1–3 (.250)
Career: 153–135 (.531)
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Will McClay (born October 13, 1966) is assistant director of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys. Previously, he was head coach of the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League.

Early life

Will McClay was born on October 13, 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 bachelor's degree in political science.

Playing career

His football career took off as a player at 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 that's 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 for the Dallas Cowboy's as the Senior Director of Player Personnel.


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


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