Foothill College announces Matt Stanley, 33, of San Jose, will lead the Foothill College Men's Basketball Program for the 2013–2014 season, according to Foothill Kinesiology & Athletics Division Dean/Athletics Director Susan Gutkind. Last year, the Owls finished the regular season with a 22–5 record and were ranked fifth in the state.
Coach Stanley, who begins the one-year temporary coaching assignment at Foothill July 15, has served as head coach of the Cañada College Men’s Basketball Program in Redwood City since 2011. In addition to coaching duties, Stanley will teach Foothill physical education and kinesiology courses at the campus in Los Altos Hills.
“Coach Stanley truly understands what it means to work in a community college program with young men. He understands what it is to be part of a cohesive team,” Gutkind said. “His teaching style is particularly outstanding, and he brings an impressive level of consistency and professionalism to our program. We’re excited to have him on board as head coach.”
An assistant coach for Foothill’s program since 2008-2011, Stanley replaces Shanan Rosenberg. Rosenberg, who has taken a one-year leave of absence from Foothill, was named head coach at Linfield College, an NCAA Division III program, in McMinnville, Ore., in April 2013.
While serving as Foothill’s assistant coach, Stanley helped the Owls to a California Community College Athletic Association Elite 8 appearance in 2010, and to Round 16 in 2008. In five years at Foothill, 11 of Stanley’s players earned scholarships to continue playing at four-year institutions, and more than 98 percent of his players graduated with college degrees. With his assistance, the Owls finished in the Top 20 in California three times.
Prior to coaching at Foothill, Stanley served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Nevada in 2005–2006 under Mark Fox. The Wolf Pack won the Western Athletic Conference Championship and was ranked in the Top 25 for the majority of the year. The team also earned a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Stanley completed two seasons as a graduate assistant at California State University, Chico, under Puck Smith, where he concurrently earned a master’s degree in physical education. During Stanley's tenure, CSU Chico twice advanced to the NCAA Division II Regionals in 2003–2004 and 2004–2005.
As a player, Stanley himself was a California Community College student athlete at Shasta College. A two-year starter, he played a vital role on a Golden Valley Conference Championship team in 2001. After completing an associate in arts degree, he transferred to Division III Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore. He helped the Pioneers to a Northwest Conference Championship and a trip to the Elite Eight in 2002. A native of Chico, Stanley resides with his family in San Jose.
The Foothill Owls begin pre-season class in September. Coast Conference play beings in January. For more information, call Gutkind at (650) 949-7741.