Sean Stanley begins his fifth season on the Wesleyan coaching staff, and second as the run game coordinator/defensive line coach in 2018.
Last season, Stanley coached All-NESCAC performer Grant Williams ’19. During his first four seasons with the program, Stanley also coached three-time All-NESCAC selection Nik Powers ’15, Second Team All-NESCAC selection Mitch Godfrey ’15, and Jordan Stone ’17 who was a three-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.