A member of Kevin Sumlin’s first coaching staff at Houston, Clarence McKinney was elevated to offensive coordinator after the 2012 season and will call the offensive plays and continue to mentor the Aggies’ running back corps.
McKinney’s play-calling debut in the 2013 Cotton Bowl was a huge success as the Aggies generated a record 633 total yards with a balanced offensive attack with 326 rushing yards and 307 passing yards. The Aggies averaged nearly 10 yards per play in a 41-13 rout of the Big 12 Co-Champion Oklahoma Sooners.
Under McKinney’s direction in 2012, the Aggies’ top three running backs combined for more than 1,600 yards while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Combined with quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Aggies’ rushing attack was the best in the Southeastern Conference and was the school’s most productive ground game in more than 20 seasons.
Prior to coming to Texas A&M, McKinney served as Houston’s recruiting coordinator, in addition to overseeing the Cougar running backs. His four-year stay at 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 running back Charles Sims, who gained 7.5 yards per carry on his way to 821 yards while grabbing 51 passes for 575 yards.
In 2010, McKinney tutored Bryce Beall to first-team all-C-USA honors. Beall and Michael Hayes combined for 1,499 yards and 20 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, the All-Freshman Team and honorable all-conference honors. 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