Entering his 26th season as the head coach of the men's soccer program at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Roy Stanley continues to lead a program that is perennially competitive for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship.
In 2007, Stanley, who had helmed both the CSU-Pueblo men's and women's soccer programs, turned his attention to solely directing the men's program. Since, the ThunderWolves have qualified for the playoffs three times, including an 11-8-2 season in 2008. The 2008 win total was the second-highest in school history and resulted in Stanley being named RMAC Coach of the Year for the second time.
Stanley's journey at CSU-Pueblo began in 1994 when he inherited a men's program in disarray and a women's program which was beginning its first year of competition. Stanley's teams struggled during those early years, but he established discipline and a solid work ethic that eventually began to pay dividends.
His first major success came in 1999, when Stanley's squad made a seven-game turnaround, improving from seven wins in 1998 to a 15-5-1 mark, claiming the ThunderWolves' first RMAC Championship and topping out at a ranking of 19th nationally. He was named the RMAC Coach of the Year following the 1999 season.
In 2001, the CSU-Pueblo women advanced to the finals of the RMAC Tournament before falling to then third-ranked Regis 2-0. The T-Wolves finished the year with a 10-8-2 record, marking their second consecutive winning season and the fourth winning campaign in program history. Under Coach Stanley's tutelage, the CSU-Pueblo women posted seven or more wins in each of the last seven seasons of his tenure, including a then-school-record 12 in 1997.
In 2002, Stanley guided both the men and the women to spots in the conference tournament. The women, who started slowly versus a tough non-conference schedule, rebounded to finish third in the regular season RMAC standings and qualified for their second straight league tournament. The men, picked to finish last by league coaches in the pre-season poll, finished the year fourth in the conference and made their first appearance in the national polls since the 2000 preseason when they appeared at 23rd in the Sept. 24, 2002 rankings.
Following the season of dual success for both squads, Stanley was named the NSCAA Midwest Region Men's Soccer Coach of the Year.
Prior to coming to the then-University of Southern Colorado, Stanley was the men's and women's soccer coach at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. At UALR, Stanley's men finished runner-up in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in 1993.
UALR's women, despite a roster full of inexperienced players, went head-to-head against some of the top teams in the nation including perennial powers Creighton University, the University of Tulsa and the University of North Carolina.
In 1990, Stanley guided the UALR men's and women team to new school-records for the most wins in a season with nine and eight, respectively.
During his tenure in Arkansas, he served as the state's Olympic Development Program head coach for three years.
Stanley's coaching career started in 1986 when he took the assistant soccer coach position at Evansville University.
The following season, he moved to the University of Tulsa to serve in the same capacity. While coaching at Tulsa, Stanley earned his master's of arts degree in health, physical education and recreation.
As an undergraduate at Princeton University, Stanley was a four-time All-Ivy League selection, registering three goals and 11 assists during his career.
He graduated from Princeton in 1985 with a bachelor of arts degree in politics.
As a high school standout in the St. Louis, Mo. area, Stanley was named All-American by Parade Magazine.
Over the years in the Pueblo community, Stanley has made his presence felt in the soccer circles. He regularly serves in different capacities with the local youth soccer organization, the Pueblo Rangers, the Pueblo Soccer and Sports Association, and La Gente Youth Sports.
Stanley is a member of the National Soccer Coaches of America Association. He also holds a U.S. Soccer A Coaching License.
Stanley and his wife, Dianna, a social studies and English teacher at Vineland Middle School (named 2004 District 70 Teacher of the Year), reside in Pueblo and have two sons, Dylan and Logan.