Scott Corley is in his fourth year as director of athletics at Belmont University.
Corley was named to the position by Belmont President Dr. Robert Fisher on May 31, 2016 after a stint as a senior vice president of corporate banking at FirstBank.
A 1990 Belmont graduate and one of the most decorated student-athletes in program history, Corley succeeds Mike Strickland, who retired in June 2016 after leading the Bruin program for 20 years.
"I couldn't be more excited to have Scott as our director of athletics,” Fisher said. “Scott brings a deep understanding of the Belmont culture and a passion for excellence. He is already involved in the Nashville sports community and he began supporting Belmont athletics when he first arrived as a student, and has continued to support the Bruins to this day. I am confident that our trust in Scott's leadership will especially benefit the welfare of our student-athletes."
This past academic year, the Bruin program saw men's basketball earn an NCAA Tournament at-large berth and victory over Temple in March Madness, women's basketball secure a historic fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and men's tennis claim a second consecutive OVC championship - with the men's doubles pair of Hendrik Inno and Marko Ilic advancing to the NCAA Championship Round of 16.
Belmont once again claimed the conference academic trophy, marking the 16th time in the last 18 years, dating back to the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The Bruin program was also awarded the OVC Institutional Sportsmanship Award, the fourth such honor in Belmont's seven-year OVC history.
In 2017-18, Belmont rose to No. 22 nationally in women's basketball, claimed OVC championships in women's basketball and men's tennis, and swept SEC neighbor Vanderbilt in its three highest-profile sports (men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball).
Corley's first year at the helm saw the Bruins claim conference championships in men's and women's basketball, with national rankings in each. Behind strong seasons across the board, including major strides in softball, track & field and soccer, Belmont came within an eyelash of capturing the 2016-17 Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Cup, finishing just 0.375 points behind Eastern Kentucky.
“I am honored and excited for this opportunity, at a place that means so much to me,” Corley said. “Some of the best years of my life were spent as a student-athlete at Belmont. I learned so many life lessons that helped mold me into the person I am today. Being able to lead the athletic department, and give my all for a place I love, is truly a dream come true. I look forward to working with all the coaches, staff and student-athletes to build upon the solid foundation established by Mike (Strickland).”
Recent coaching hires have also thrived early on at Belmont, with women's basketball head coach Bart Brooks named 2018 WBCA Maggie Dixon Coach of the Year.
Moreover, Corley has spearheaded new athletic department initiatives, including a program-wide deal with Under Armour as the official outfitter of the Bruins and a rebrand of the Bruin Club, the athletic department fundraising arm.
Corley brings over 25 years of business experience within the Nashville community. Most recently, Corley spent four-plus years in senior leadership at FirstBank, engaging in business development with some of the most successful companies in middle Tennessee.
Prior to his time at FirstBank, Corley served as managing director for corporate banking at Regions Bank for five years. He held a similar capacity at SunTrust Bank from 1991-2007, overseeing middle Tennessee, east Tennessee, and sparking the company’s foothold in Kentucky markets, such as Louisville and Lexington.
Corley has served as the head of corporate membership on the executive committee of the Nashville Sports Council since 2014 and is Belmont University’s representative on the Ohio Valley Conference Alumni Board. He also contributed to the Belmont University Alumni Board from 2009-14 and the Nashville Health Care Council from 2013-14.
“You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who cares more deeply about Belmont than Scott Corley,” Strickland said. “His track record of accomplishment and unwavering passion for our university will galvanize the campus community. Scott’s integrity, leadership ability, and strong relationships in the business community will serve Belmont well moving forward. It is fitting, and personally rewarding, to have a former student-athlete lead Belmont during this exciting new period of growth and opportunity.”
In 1986, Corley was the first men’s basketball signee for head coach Rick Byrd. The shooting guard went on to lead Belmont to 90 victories over four seasons and the program’s first-ever NAIA National Tournament berth in 1989. The then-Rebels won the 1988 Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference (TCAC) title and the 1989 NAIA District 24 championship.
Corley is one of only eight players in the history of Belmont Basketball to score over 2,000 career points, ranking sixth all-time (2,062). While former Belmont All-American and NBA Champion Ian Clark (’13) holds the Bruins’ NCAA Division I era record for career three-point field goals (340), Corley’s astonishing mark of 420 made three-pointers may never be broken.
The southpaw also took part in one of the most iconic games in the history of Nashville sports, when on Feb. 17, 1990 Belmont and Lipscomb played before an overflow crowd of 16,000 at Vanderbilt University’s Memorial Gymnasium.
Corley, a two-time NAIA Academic-All American (1989, 1990) and Belmont Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2000 inductee, earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Belmont before receiving his master’s degree in business administration from Samford University.
“Scott clearly understands the Belmont University athletic environment and standard of excellence on all fronts,” Belmont University Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Rich Tiner said. “From his own experience as a Belmont student-athlete who excelled both on the court and in the classroom, he knows first-hand how important it is that we maintain that balance—what I call ‘The Belmont Way.’ We all look forward to working with Scott and adding a new chapter to our proud tradition.”
“As a student-athlete, Scott was a model for what we hope for in all of our student-athletes--an outstanding talent for our men's basketball team, an Academic All-American, and a young man holding high ethical standards of conduct,” Fisher added.
A native of Brentwood, Tennessee, Corley is married to the former Keely Gourley. The couple has two children, Karson and Kennedy.