July 18, 2008
LOGAN, Utah - Kent Stanley has joined the Utah State Athletics Department as senior associate athletics director for development it was announced by director of athletics Scott Barnes on Friday. Stanley will officially begin his duties at USU on August 4.
Stanley will be responsible for the overall administration, management and supervision of athletic development and fundraising efforts, and associated personnel for the athletics department. He will also focus on planning and executing capital and annual fund initiatives for athletics in conjunction with the University foundation
"My family and I are extremely excited to join the Aggie community and I'm looking forward to helping Scott and his staff build on a tremendous tradition at Utah State," said Stanley. "I also want to express my gratitude to vice president for advancement Ross Peterson for the opportunity to join the athletic advancement staff."
Prior to joining Utah State, Stanley spent two years as the director of athletics at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. While at Fort Lewis, Skyhawk teams had the most successful two-year span in school history with 12 teams making NCAA postseason play, while football won its first-ever postseason bowl game.
Stanley also increased the number of major gifts for athletics by 50 percent and increased revenue by 100 percent as he implemented a four-tiered corporate partnership model to increase partner options. He also increased licensing revenue 45 percent and increased scholarship funding for athletics by 25 percent.
"Kent brings an exceptional level of successful hands-on development experience, including major gift and annual fund campaign," said Barnes. "He will be a wonderful addition to our current staff as we execute our vision for the future of Aggie Athletics."
Before being named director of athletics at Fort Lewis College, Stanley spent five years at Eastern Washington as associate athletics director for development, working with Barnes who served as the director of athletics at EWU for six years. At Eastern Washington, he oversaw record growth in external revenue while managing the annual fund, major gifts and corporate partnerships.
Stanley began his administrative career as the chief enrollment officer at Simpson University from 2000-01. He also spent eight years as a women's basketball coach at Fresno Pacific University (1987-95) as his teams made five NAIA National Tournament appearances while winning four conference championships. He left Fresno Pacific with the most wins and highest winning percentage of any basketball coach in school history.
He also won consecutive NAIA National Championships (1999, 2000) as the head coach at Oklahoma City University and was honored as NAIA National Coach of the Year both seasons.
Stanley earned his undergraduate degree in psychology and physical education from Trinity Western University and then earned his graduate degree from Fresno State in 1988 in athletic administration.
A native of British Columbia, Canada, Stanley and his wife Hollie have two children, Zachariah (9) and Mikayla (6).
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