Athletic website's numbers go up
In his fourth year as the Asst. AD for Media Relations, Corriher and his staff service Marshall's 16 Division I sports and Conference USA's largest media contingent. He is the primary media contact for the Marshall Football program.
The 2014 season represents one of the most successful and challenging seasons for the Thundering Herd since joining the FBS. With an 11-0 start and dark-horse Heisman candidate in senior QB Rakeem Cato, Marshall attracted significant national media attention. Through national agreements, all 14 of Marshall’s football games were televised for the first time in school history. Corriher facilitated feature pieces on the team and its players for numerous television outlets (ESPN, CBS and Fox), including appearances on College GameDay, the Jim Rome Show and a dedicated episode of ESPNU’s ALL-Access. Print features in USA Today, the New York Times and Sports Illustrated also chronicled Marshall’s success, which culminated in a 13-1 record, Conference USA East Division and overall titles and a victory in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl, the Herd’s third bowl victory in his four-year tenure. Prior to the season, Corriher also assisted the production team of the ESPN 30 for 30 film Rand University.
During his four years in Huntington, Corriher had the good fortune to work with some of Conference USA’s best football players. He promoted: quarterback Rakeem Cato, who won Conference USA Most Valuable Player (2012) and Offensive Player of the Year (2013) honors, and during his senior season established a new FBS record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass (46); tight end Gator Hoskins, who won All-America honors in 2013; wide receiver Aaron Dobson, who was a second-round selection by the New England Patriots and defensive end Vinny Curry. As a senior, Curry was selected to six All-America lists and was named the 2011 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round as well. Corriher also worked with linebacker D.J. Hunter and punter Tyler Williams, who were named Freshman All-Americans in 2012. In his four years, 54 Marshall football student-athletes earned all-conference or all-freshman accolades and 49 were named to various preseason national watch lists.
Corriher and his staff expanded the use of the department's Twitter account (@HerdZone), increasing the account’s followers from 1,400 upon his arrival in August of 2011 to nearly 14,000, while also implementing sport-specific accounts for all sports. The group has also helped manage Marshall’s Facebook presence, garnering nearly 30,000 likes. The school's official athletic website, HerdZone.com, also saw a 19 percent boost in traffic during the 2010-11 school year, which has sustained over the past three years.
Corriher has overseen the implementation of Jack Bogaczyk’s Word on the Herd column, which provides original editorial content related to all 16 Division I programs. This endeavor has boosted the site’s profile through increased student-athlete and staff features and pertinent news stories. Corriher has also been highly involved at the conference level in implementing and troubleshooting multimedia opportunities for fans outside of the immediate Huntington region.
Corriher came to Marshall after serving four years in the same position at Ohio University. While at Ohio, Corriher oversaw the promotion of four All-Americans, 19 All-MAC performers, six nominations to five preseason watch lists and three NFL draft picks for the Ohio Football program, which competed in two bowl games during Corriher's tenure. While at Ohio, Corriher also oversaw the media coordination of the 2010 men's basketball NCAA Tournament run. He also served as the primary contact for wrestling and baseball.
Prior to his time at Ohio, Corriher was the Asst. AD for Media Relations at Marist College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), supervising all 23 D-1 sports while working primarily with football, men's basketball and baseball. During the 2006-07 season, he oversaw the promotion of the landmark postseason runs of men's and women's basketball, which netted a WBB Sweet 16 appearance for the Red Foxes and an NIT victory on the men's side. That same season, Corriher also promoted MAAC Player of the Year Jared Jordan, who led the nation in assists for a second consecutive season, and was named the winner of the 74th Haggerty Award as the 2006-07 All-Met Division I men's college basketball player of the year. In April 2007, Jordan became the school's second NBA Draft selection when he was taken 45th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Corriher began his career working for his alma mater; NC State. After working as a student assistant and intern with the Wolfpack, he worked with the women's soccer, track, men's tennis and rifle teams as a media relations assistant from 2000 to 2002. As a student, his 1999 Cross Country media guide was judged as the nation's fourth-best. Following his time in Raleigh, Corriher landed at the Big South Conference, where he spent one year as an assistant and another as the league's director of public relations, greatly enhancing the league's website presence on BigSouthSports.com.
Aside from his work in college athletics, Corriher served as a correspondent for SportsTicker, covering the Carolina Hurricanes' 2001 and 2002 playoff runs, which included the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals.
A native of China Grove, N.C., Corriher and his wife Kim have one son, Gaffney.