Our Lady Academy has selected one of their own to lead the athletic department for the 2019-20 school year. On Friday, OLA named Emily Meyers Corley, a 2002 OLA graduate, as Athletic Director. She replaces Paul Langham who had served in the same capacity for five years.
Corley commented on why she pursued this opportunity, "I am a graduate of OLA and have always been proud of the school and its accomplishments. OLA has a history of strong academics and athletics that is guided by a Catholic faith based environment. While attending OLA, I played volleyball, soccer and softball. Each of these sports were very successful and I remember how much fun it was to experience this as a high school student. I want to make sure that the current and future students of OLA graduate with the same great memories."
When OLA opened the search for a new athletic director, they found one of their most accomplished student-athletes in school history. Corley was a force to be reckoned with in whatever discipline she competed.
At OLA, Corley was a three-sport letter winner in volleyball, soccer and softball for the Crescents and was the first recipient of the Hull Award in 2002 which is presented annually to the school's top student-athlete.
As a center-mid-fielder in soccer, Corley was an integral member of three consecutive state championship teams. On the volleyball court, she helped lead a squad to two consecutive Division 8 titles and berth in the 2001 state finals. She was part of the foundation for the dynasty that resides in the Father Peter Mockler Gymnasium today. On the softball diamond, Corley helped her team advance to the state playoffs, as well.
Following graduation, Corley went to Mississippi State University and played soccer for the Lady Bulldogs. When she first stepped on the field, she was a mid-fielder but quickly found a home as a starter at goalie. During her junior and senior year, Corley was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. She ended her career as a four-year letter-winner in the sport and was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2004-05.
Corley obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2006 and a Master of Science in Sports Administration in 2007. She also completed an internship with the LSU athletic department as part of her master's degree program.
While at MSU, she was introduced to Brad Corley who was a rising star for the Bulldogs baseball team. He went on to earn All-SEC and All-American honors before embarking on a six-year career in professional baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies organizations.
Emily and Brad were married in 2007 and they are the proud parents of two boys - Tucker (6) and Tanner (4).
Following his professional baseball career, Brad returned home to Bay St. Louis and began a teaching/coaching career. He is currently a baseball coach and math teacher at Saint Stanislaus College.
Corley will also teach Physical Education at OLA and remain the junior varsity volleyball coach, a position she has held for the last six years.
OLA principal Marilyn Pigott stated, "We are very excited to have Coach Corley join the Our Lady Academy family. As an OLA alum, this is a homecoming for her. Our students, faculty, staff, and parents will benefit from the knowledge of Coach Corley and her love for all aspects of OLA.”
Prior to accepting the AD position at OLA, Corley has been employed at Mike Meyers State Farm Insurance as a insurance sales representative since 2012.
She described her immediate focus at OLA as AD, "OLA has a strong tradition in athletics with championships in multiple sports. I would like not only continue this tradition but to enrich it."
Corley joins five other faculty members with deep roots at OLA including Julie Martinolich Cranford (OLA '77), Theresa Wittmann St. Mary (OLA '82), Leigh Chapman (OLA '92), Amy Ashley (OLA '07), and Nicki Reeder (OLA '13). Karlie Renz Corr (OLA '08) recently moved to Hammond after spending several years at her alma mater.
Corley takes the reins of the athletic program in August.