Sean Stanley begins his sixth season on the Wesleyan coaching staff in 2019 as the run game coordinator/defensive line coach.
In 2018, Stanley’s defensive line led the NESCAC in sacks (29) and tackles-for-loss (72), while Taj Gooden ’20 and Jude Lindberg ’19 earned All-NESCAC honors.
During his first five seasons with the program, Stanley coached three-time All-NESCAC selections Nik Powers ’15 and Jordan Stone ’18. He also coached First Team All-NESCAC selection Grant Williams ’19 and Second Team All-NESCAC selection Mitch Godfrey ’15.
Stanley played high school football in Gaithersburg, Md. where he earned All-State, All-County, and All-Conference honors. He also received three Washington Post First Team All-Met accolades. From there, he went on to be a four-year letter winner at Penn State (2009-2012), playing defensive end. He started over 20 games for the Nittany Lions and racked up 46 tackles, 10.5 of them for a loss, and 5.5 sacks in his senior season. After trying to pursue a pro football career in the spring of 2013, he went back to Penn State to finish his degree in criminal justice and coached with their defensive line under Larry Johnson, his former coach during the 2013 season.