Bob Stanley, who added run game coordinator to his list of responsibilities prior to the 2010 campaign, enters his fourth season as the offensive line coach for Western Michigan University in 2010. His offensive line helped the Western Michigan football program produce a 1,000-yard running back in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1999-2000. The line also pass protected for the fourth QB in mack history to throw for 3,000 yards in three-consecutive seasons in 2009.
In 2008 Stanley's relatively young offensive line ranked second in the conference in sacks allowed and helped Brandon West to become the 15th 1,000-yard rusher in program history. Offensive guard Phillip Swanson came into his own having started each game of his career en route to a Third Team All-MAC selection on the field and Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America selection off the field.
Stanley, who has 39 years of coaching experience, worked with a veteran line in 2007. Three seniors started in the trenches for the Broncos led by James Blair and Robbie Krutilla.
Krutilla earned Third Team Offense All-MAC during his senior season, was a Rimington Trophy candidate for the second-straight season and a Outland Trophy candidate as well. Blair earned First Team Offense All-MAC. He participated in both the 2008 Hula Bowl Classic and the 2008 Texas vs. The Nation Challenge.
Prior to joining the Broncos, Stanley spent one season at New Mexico, guiding the offensive line. Stanley spent the three previous years in the same capacity under Bill Snyder at Kansas State.
During the 2004 season, three of Stanley’s pupils earned all-Big 12 honors, including Jeromey Clary as a second team All-Big 12 pick by the coaches, Kansas City Star and Dallas Morning News. John Doty and Mike Johnson received honorable mention.
After rejoining the K-State staff in January of 2003, Stanley’s offensive line helped pave the way to a No. 9 national ranking in rushing offense, a ninth-place finish in scoring offense and the No. 17 spot in total offense. The offense was one of seven in the country to average over 200 yards per game in both rushing and passing.
The Wildcat offensive line also helped Darren Sproles become the nation’s leading rusher with 1,986 yards in 2003. Sproles set single-season and single-game school rushing records, while the offensive line ranked first in the Big 12 in fewest sacks allowed per game.
At the conclusion of the 2003 season, Stanley saw four of his offensive linemen earn some type of all-conference honor, including center Nick Leckey, who was a consensus first team all-Big 12 selection, finalist for the Rimington Trophy and a first team All-American by ESPN.com.
Stanley’s first stop at Kansas State came in 2000-01 when he served as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line.
In 2002, Stanley was the offensive line coach at SMU under former K-State defensive coordinator Phil Bennett.
Stanley went to K-State from Irving (Texas) High School where he was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach from 1998-99. He also served assistant stints under head coach Ron Dickerson at Temple (offensive line, 1996-97) and for Gerry Faust at Akron (offensive line, 1991-94).
From 1987-90, he worked as the offensive line coach for head coach Fred Akers at Purdue, including three seasons as the offensive coordinator. Stanley also served as the offensive line coach at Texas A&M (1973-81), TCU (1982), Vanderbilt (1983-85) and Texas (1986).
His first high school coaching job came at Alice (Texas) High School, where he was a defensive coordinator for head coach (and former Texas Tech head coach) Spike Dykes in 1969.
Stanley moved back to his hometown of Odessa, Texas, in 1970. He spent three seasons (1970-72) as the offensive line coach and linebackers coach for Gil Bartosh at Permian High School.
During his playing career at Texas, Stanley (64/DOB: 10-14-45) earned three letters under legendary head coach Darrell Royal. In 1966, Stanley helped the Longhorns to a Bluebonnet Bowl appearance.
Stanley earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from Texas in 1968. He and his wife, Deborah, have five grown children, Misty, Gretchen, Summer, Matt and Christopher.
WMU ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES UNDER STANLEY