Willy Korn enters his fourth season as wide receivers coach at CSU in 2016. Korn is also in his third year as the Bucs' recruiting coordinator, and his efforts in attracting strong talent to CSU have shown in the new heights the progam continues to reach.
Korn was an integral part of a CSU staff that led the program to its first-ever outright Big South Conference championship and FCS Playoff bid in 2015. His wide receivers helped anchor an offense that scored 30 or more points eight times while going over the 40-point mark twice.
With Korn's help, Nathan Perera returned to form as one of the most dynamic receivers in the league. Perera earned second team all-conference honors, and led CSU with 37 receptions, 560 yards and four touchdowns. Perera's 100-yard receiving day against rival Liberty, which included two touchdown grabs, helped the Bucs secure a perfect regular season against fellow FCS competition.
Korn's younger brother, Colton Korn remained reliable as a go-to target on third down. Kenny Dinkins, meanwhile, showcased his talent and broke out with a big back half of the season to give CSU another big-play threat on the perimeter.
Korn helped a wide receivers group that was significantly impacted by injury in 2014. Despite season-ending injuries to leading receivers Kevin Glears and Larry Jones prior to the year, Korn's receivers helped lead CSU to an 8-4 overall record and a three-game winning streak to end Big South Conference play. Under Korn's watch, Nathan Perera made his return to the lineup after missing two straight seasons due to injury. Perera led the Bucs with 28 catches for 398 yards and two touchdowns, and showcased his big-play ability. Colton Korn continued to be a reliable go-to threat on third down, finishing close behind with 27 receptions for 326 yards and one touchdown. Chris Theodore gave CSU a big lift with 15 catches over the final six games of the campaign and a touchdown, while freshmen Jared Scotland showed promise with 141 yards receiving and two touchdowns before going down with an injury at the end of September. Kenny Dinkins also contributed immediately as a true freshman, reeling in 13 receptions for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
In 2013, Korn mentored a group that made big and timely plays throughout the season as the Bucs finished No. 22 in the country with a 10-3 record. Junior Kevin Glears enjoyed a breakout campaign, finishing with 31 catches for 456 yards and six touchdowns. Larry Jones III recorded a solid sophomore season, reeling in 25 grabs for 380 yards and two scores. Korn's younger brother, Colton, made his mark as a freshman. Colton Korn was second on the team with 26 receptions, including two for touchdowns. Korn was a go-to target on third down for CSU's three quarterbacks.
Korn came to CSU with a strong familiarity with both Chadwell and the Palmetto State. He led national-power Byrnes high school in Duncan, SC to two 4A state championships & set numerous state records along the way. He finished his high school career with 10,125 yards and 125 touchdowns which earned him such accolades as Parade All-American, U.S. Army All-American Bowl Participant, Elite 11 QB Camp invitee, and S.C. Gatorade Player of the Year twice (2005 & 2006). He was recently named to the top 100 high school football players in the history of the state of South Carolina by The State Newspaper.
He signed to play at Clemson University for Tommy Bowden and Dabo Swinney, starting Swinney’s first ever game as a head coach against Georgia Tech in 2009. Korn graduated from Clemson in 3 ½ years with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies. Upon graduating and following an injury-plagued career at Clemson, Korn transferred to North Greenville University, an NCAA Division 2 program in the upstate of South Carolina to play for Chadwell. He started his junior and senior seasons at North Greenville, earning All-American honors in leading NGU to an 11-3 season and an appearance in the D-II Quarterfinals in 2011.
Korn finished his career with an 18-4 record as a starter at NGU. The program made it to unprecedented heights finishing with school-firsts: 2 NCAA playoff victories and a #12 final ranking in the American Football Coaches Association DII Poll. Korn finished his NGU career with 4,058 yards and 45 touchdowns passing. He also ran 212 times for 944 yards and 11 touchdowns. Since 2010, the tandem of Coach Chadwell & Korn has produced an overall record of 38-13.
Korn is a 2010 graduate of Clemson with a degree in Communication Studies, and is currently working on a Master’s Degree from Charleston Southern in Organizational Leadership. He married the former Charlotte Swain in 2014. The couple resides in Goose Creek.