Sean Stanley begins his fourth season on the Wesleyan coaching staff, and has been promoted to run game coordinator/defensive line coach in 2017.
Last season, Stanley coached two All-NESCAC performers in First Team selection Jordan Stone ’17 and Second Team honoree Grant Williams ’19, while the Cardinals dominate front-seven posted a league-best 77.6 rushing yards per game. During his first three seasons with the program, Stanley also coached three-time All-NESCAC selection Nik Powers ’15 and Second Team All-NESCAC selection Mitch Godfrey ’15, while Stone was a two-time all-conference recipient.
Stanley played high school football in Gaithersburg, Md. where he earned All-State, All-County and All-Conference honors. He also received three Washington Post First Team All-Met accolades. From there, he went on to be a four-year letter winner at Penn State (2009-2012), playing defensive end. He started over 20 games for the Nittany Lions and racked up 46 tackles, 10.5 of them for a loss, and 5.5 sacks in his senior season. After trying to pursue a pro football career in the spring of 2013, he went back to Penn State to finish his degree in criminal justice and coached with their defensive line under Larry Johnson, his former coach during the 2013 season.