Fourth-year assistant coach Clarence McKinney is no stranger to the Greater Houston area. McKinney, who coaches the running backs, arrived at the University of Houston in 2007, from Jack Yates Sr. High School, located directly across the street from John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.
Because of his impressive local ties to Greater Houston and head coaches in the state, McKinney recently added the role of recruiting coordinator to his resume.
In 2010, McKinney tutored Bryce Beall to first-team All-Conference USA honors. Beall and newcomer Michael Hayes combined for 1,499 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. Beall ranked among the league's best in rushing and scoring. He also broke the school record for career rushing touchdowns with 32.
As a second-year assistant in 2009, McKinney helped tutor freshman Charles Sims, who earned a spot on the Conference USA Offensive All-Freshman Team after he finished his first season at Houston averaging 4.92 receptions per game, ranking third among FBS receiving running backs.
During his first year at Houston in 2008, McKinney guided Bryce 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.
McKinney spent the previous three seasons as the head football coach at Yates High School, compiling a winning record of 30-8. 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 University in Bozeman, before transferring to University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., 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
1991-93 University of Mary Quarterback/Wide Receiver