Stanley is a graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. With 20 years of experience in education and coaching, he was a football student assistant at Trinity Valley Community College and has coached at Union Hill High School, Grand Saline High School, Livingston, Atascocita, Hemphill, Huntsville, Caney Creek, and Liberty High School, where they won their first Area Championship since 1963.
Stanley is supported by his wife Ty Stanley, who is the assistant principal of Shepherd Middle School, daughters Courtney and Darian, and sons Levi and Drew. He said coming to Coldspring is an awesome opportunity for him and his family.
“In the world of the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots,’ COCISD definitely fits into the ‘haves’ category,” said Stanley.
Stanley said his goal as athletic director is to make the COCISD athletics program the very best in the state of Texas. He believes this includes success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. Not simply to win as many games as possible, although that is a high priority, but to make sure that every participant in the COCISD athletics program has a positive experience through their involvement.
“My goal in the near future is to turn this program into a perennial state power,” said Stanley.
“It will take everybody. It will be a hands-on proposition. It will take the athletes, coaches, teachers, administrators, parents, and the community to get everyone on the same page and moving in one direction.”
In keeping with this goal, Stanley has instituted a saying in the COCISD athletics department they break down daily: RTB – Row the Boat.
“We would all look silly if we sat in a boat rowing in different directions and getting nowhere,” said Stanley. “If we all buy-in and row in the same direction, there is no limit to how far we can go.”