Born in Batesburg-Leesville, SC Coach McCormick attended W.Wyman King Academy. He was a two time all-conference player, All-State senior year, and Mr. Baseball Finalist for SC. Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2002, McCormick attended Spartanburg Methodist College where he was drafted again after Freshman Year. Played at SMC then transferred to Southern Wesleyan University where despite coming off an injury, still able to rank in the top two in all major pitching statistics in half of a season.