Former West Henderson volleyball standout Brooke Stanley has landed her first college head-coaching job at Converse (S.C.).
Stanley spent the past two seasons at her college alma mater – Albany (N.Y.). She is a former Citizen-Times All-WNC Coach of the Year (2012) and Player of the Year (2005).
Stanley wrapped up her playing career at West Henderson in 2006 with 2,107 career assists, 549 kills, 543 digs and 407 aces. She coached Hendersonville to the NCHSAA 1-A championship six years later.
Stanley’s mother is the winningest high school volleyball coach in WNC history (retired West Henderson coach Jan Stanley has 698 career victories).
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – UAlbany volleyball assistant coach and alum Brooke Stanley has accepted the position of head coach of Converse College in South Carolina.
I am truly grateful for the experience that I have gained here at Albany,” said Stanley. “MJ Engstrom has been a great mentor for me and will continue to be one – as will many of the staff here on campus. I will miss these girls and I am sad to be leaving my alma mater, but extremely excited to be going to Converse College and being close to home. With the tools I have gained here, I look forward to doing well at Converse and working with their staff.”
Stanley, a native of Hendersonville, North Carolina who graduated from the University at Albany in 2012, has served as an assistant coach at her alma mater the past two years, including being the first assistant for the 2014 season.
“I am thrilled that Converse College has given Brooke Stanley this opportunity! I believe Brooke is one of the best young coaches in the country,” said Engstrom. “She knows volleyball and she understands how to get the most out of people. She has the energy and drive to build Converse into a force to be reckoned with in the Southeast Region.”
As a player, Stanley led UAlbany to three America East Tournament titles in 2007, 2008 and 2011. A three-time conference Setter of the Year, she earned Americas East Player of the Year in 2009. She currently ranks top-10 in three categories in UAlbany history, including 2nd in assists with 4,851, 7th in aces with 158 and 8th in digs with 1,111.
Converse College joined the Division II ranks in 2005 as a member of Conference Carolinas. Last season, the Valkyries went 7-23 and 1-15 in conference play.