Ida Swanson Corbett, a native of Nashville, received her degree from Tennessee State University in the early 1940’s.
After graduating from TSU, she received her M.A. from Atlanta University and went onto coaching in southeast Alabama.
Corbett’s career started in 1949 at Rebecca Comer High in Barbour County where she posted a 204-58 mark in basketball before transferring to Clio High in 1967. She then led Clio to a 105-21 mark and eventually finished her career with a basketball record of 471-107.
Corbett had even more success in volleyball. Between 1968 and 1981, Clio's volleyball team made seven trips to the state tournament, winning the state title twice. Coach Corbett took over the volleyball program at Clayton High in 1981 and during that time, she took 10 Clayton squads to the volleyball state tournament. Her overall volleyball mark stands at 394-86.
Also, her archery team appeared in the state tournament three times, and the number one archer won the singles state title two times.
Coach Corbett retired after the 1991-1992 school year, bringing a close to a 44 year teaching career and a 41 year coaching career. She was named Barbour County Teacher of the Year in 1965 and 1991 and was named the SCAC Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1981.
Since her retirement, Corbett has worked at Sparks College as volleyball coach for the Upward Bound Program. The team won the state championship in 1997 and 1998.