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 eighth year at Utah State and serves as Associate Vice President for Advancement-Athletics and Strategic University Initiatives after joining the staff in July, 2008 as a Senior Associate Athletic Director. 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. Recently he added oversight responsibilities for coordination of all university fundraising campaigns as part of his Associate Vice President role. In October of 2014 he also began to oversee the marketing, box office, and out-bound ticketing operations within the athletics department.
Stanley is a regular presenter at some of the industries’ premier events including the National Association of Athletic Director’s of Development Convention, and Paciolan’s PACNet. He was also the keynote speaker at the 2014 Cache Valley National Day of Prayer breakfast. He was elected to the Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2013, and serves as a consultant with a number of not-for-profit organizations in northern Utah.
In his first seven years at Utah State, Stanley has led the fundraising efforts on six capital campaigns. Currently he is concluding the fundraising for the $33M Maverik Stadium Redevelopment Project that began April 13, 2015 and will open in August of 2016. Other projects he led fundraising efforts for include the recently opened Wayne Estes Center ($9.7M), the ICON Sports Performance Center ($6.5M), the 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 four of the past five years including this year with the largest dollars and largest membership in school history.
In the past five years, Utah State has also added 16 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 over $500,000 annually.
Prior to joining Utah State, Stanley spent two years as the Director of Athletics at NCAA Division II Fort Lewis 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, 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 and Graduate School from 2000-01. He also spent eight years as a women’s basketball coach at Fresno Pacific (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 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 Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, Stanley and his wife Hollie have been married 28 years and have two children, Zach (16) and Mikayla (13).
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