Athletics News

Kent Stanley
Kent Stanley

Assoc. VP - Advancement & Sr. Assoc. AD


Joel Moersch Named Assistant Athletics Director For Development/Major Gifts Within Utah State Athletics Department

Moersch, who officially began his duties on Tuesday, May 29, will focus on major gifts and specific fundraising projects for Aggie Athletics.


Corey Ansfield Named Assistant Athletics Director For Annual Giving Within Utah State Athletics Department

Ansfield will be in charge of the athletic department's annual fund as well as directing the Big Blue Scholarship Fund.

Kent Stanley is entering his sixth year at Utah State as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development after joining the staff in July, 2008. At USU, he is responsible for the overall administration, management and supervision of athletic development and fundraising efforts, and associated personnel for the athletics department. He also focuses on planning and executing capital and annual fund initiatives for athletics in conjunction with the University foundation. Stanley also oversees the men's golf program at USU.

In his first five years, Aggie Athletics has begun three capital campaigns under Stanley's leadership. These include a five-year $2.5M Football Competitive Excellence Initiative, the men's and women's basketball off-court facilities project, and the Merlin Olsen Field project. Stanley also conceptualized the Stockham Student-Athlete Academic Hall of Honor project which opened in the Fall of 2010. Working with the Big Blue Scholarship Fund leadership, he has helped to bring additional focus to the BBSF's annual fund efforts with record growth in three of the past four years including this year with the largest dollars and largest membership in school history.

In the past three years, Utah State has also added 11 new endowments under Stanley, while also initiating the Merlin Olsen Fund for Football Competitive Excellence. The Olsen Fund is a hybrid fund, and is supporting Aggie football at just under $500,000 annually. USU also broke ground on its new 21,000 square-foot strength and conditioning center in 2012, which is the first athletics facility completely paid for through donor support.

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.

Before being named Director of Athletics at Fort Lewis College, Stanley spent five years at Eastern Washington as Associate Athletics Director for Development. At EWU, 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 (14) and Mikayla (11).

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