A member of Kevin Sumlin's first coaching staff at Houston, Clarence McKinney joined Sumlin's initial staff at Texas A&M in 2012 and coaches the Aggie running backs and serves as recruiting coordinator.
A former coach at three Houston-area high schools, McKinney served as Houston's recruiting coordinator, in addition to overseeing the Cougar running backs. Prior to joining the UH staff, McKinney was the head coach at his alma mater, Yates High School, and an assistant at North Shore HS and Washington HS.
His four-year stay at the University of Houston was highly successful as the Cougars compiled a 36-17 record and played in three bowl games. UH posted double-digit wins twice during his stay, including 2011's school-record 13 victories and bowl triumph over Penn State.
Playing a large role in UH's 2011 campaign was the strong play of first-team All-Conference USA running back Charles Sims, who gained 7.5 yards per carry on his way to 821 yards and nine scores while also grabbing 51 passes for 575 yards.
In 2010, McKinney tutored Bryce Beall to first-team all-conference honors. Beall and Michael Hayes combined for 1,499 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.
In 2009, Sims earned a spot on the C-USA All-Freshman Team after averaging 4.92 receptions per game, ranking third among FBS receiving running backs.
During his first year at Houston in 2008, McKinney guided Beall to C-USA Freshman of the Year Honors, in addition to his selection to the C-USA All-Freshman Team and being named an All C-USA Honorable Mention. Beall became the first freshman in UH history to rush for more than 1,000 yards.
Beall also was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl after rushing for 135 yards and one touchdown in a 34-28 win over Air Force.
Prior to joining Sumlin's staff at UH, McKinney served as head football coach at Jack Yates High School, compiling a winning record of 30-8 in three seasons. While at Yates he received several accolades, including being named a 2006 Gordon Wood 4A Coach of the Year Finalist and a 2007 Texans Coach of the Year Finalist.
McKinney also served as an assistant football coach at North Shore High School (2003-05) and Booker T. Washington High School (1997-2003) where he was named the 2003 Houston Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year.
Under his leadership as head and assistant coach, McKinney helped many young men to receive scholarships to NCAA Division I schools and pursue their dreams of playing in the NFL.
McKinney played football three seasons at Montana State, before transferring to University of Mary where he received his bachelor's degree in elementary education. He later earned a master's degree in educational administration from Prairie View A&M in 2002.
McKinney and his wife, Jakmica, have three children, Britney, Atallah and Quran.
THE McKINNEY FILE
Birthdate: Dec. 26, 1970
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Family: Wife, Jakmica; children Britney, Atallah and Quran
High School: Houston Yates
University of Mary, bachelor's degree in elementary education • 1994
Prairie View A&M, master's degree in educational administration • 2002
2012- : Texas A&M (Running Backs)
2010-11: Houston (Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator)
2008-09: Houston (Running Backs)
2005-07: Yates HS (Head Coach)
2003-05: North Shore HS (Assistant Coach)
1997-03: Booker T. Washington HS (Assistant Coach)
2011: Ticket City (Houston)
2009: Bell Helicopter Armed Forces (Houston)
2008: Bell Helicopter Armed Forces (Houston)
1991-93: University of Mary (Quarterback/Wide Receiver)
1989-91: Montana State (Quarterback)