Utah Volleyball Announces Wil Stanley as Assistant Coach
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Volleyball head coach Beth Launiere has announced the hiring of Wil Stanley as the program's new assistant coach.
Stanley joins the staff full-time after previously serving as Utah's volunteer assistant coach for the 2021 fall season. As a member of the staff this past season, Stanley aided the Utes in a third-place finish in Pac-12 play, as well as the program's sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
"After a thorough search to find the right person for this position, Wil established himself as the best candidate for the job," said Launiere. "His high volleyball IQ and wealth of intangible skills were evident during this past season. He has extensive experience in coaching club and camps across the country, and a tremendous passion for the coaching profession."
Working primarily with the setters, Stanley saw the position group finish second in the Pac-12 and No. 18 in the nation with 12.87 assists per set. Stanley's setting group also guided the team to a .259 hitting percentage last year, which ranked No. 30 in the nation. Under his tutelage, transfer setter Stef Jankiewicz earn All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors after ranking third in the conference and No. 36 in the nation with 10.55 assists per set.
"I want to thank Coach Launiere and Coach Shoji for trusting me and giving me the opportunity to coach for such a great University, athletic department and volleyball program," said Stanley. "I am really excited to work with an amazing group of players who have welcomed me with open arms over the last year."
Stanley was a two-time All-American setter at BYU from 2017-2021. The Honolulu, Hawaii native ranked No. 3 in the MPSF and No. 9 in the NCAA in assists per set in 2021, leading the Cougars with 790 assists. He was a first-team All-American selection and first-team MPSF honoree. Additionally, Stanley was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team after guiding BYU to the championship match in his final season.
Stanley earned his first All-American honor after an exceptional senior season in 2020. He earned first team All-American honors and All-MPSF honors after posting a team-high 655 assists and finishing second on the squad with 107 digs. Stanley ranked third among all setters in the NCAA at 10.74 assists per set. He was a back-to-back MPSF Defensive Player of the Week selection and recorded three double-doubles on the year.
Stanley comes from a great volleyball family. His father Jon is a former BYU volleyball and men's basketball student-athlete, while his younger brother is currently on the BYU men's volleyball team. His father played volleyball at the 1968 Olympic Games, while his older brother Clay played volleyball in three Olympics (2004, 2008, 2012). Both Jon and Clay Stanley are members of the FIVB Hall of Fame.
Stanley graduated from BYU in 2021 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and was a four-time MPSF All-Academic honoree.