June 1, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - First-year men's soccer coach Damon Rensing announced today Michigan State has added Kylie Stannard as an assistant coach. Stannard comes to Michigan State after serving as the assistant coach at Northern Illinois for the past four seasons. He will join John McElroy and former longtime Spartan head coach, Joe Baum, on Rensing's staff.
"We are extremely excited about the addition of Kylie Stannard to the Michigan State men's soccer family," said Rensing. "Both his playing and coaching experiences will allow him to step right in and do an outstanding job. Kylie is an extremely driven individual whose strong work ethic will help us strive toward our goal to win championships."
While at NIU, Stannard worked under two-time MAC Coach of the Year, Steve Simmons. The Huskies won a total of 44 games in the four seasons of Stannard's tenure and went to the second round of the NCAA College Cup in 2006.
"I would also like to personally thank Steve Simmons at NIU for his cooperation in this process," added Rensing. "Kylie comes to MSU extremely prepared and it is a direct result of how Steve has successfully run his program at NIU."
A 2001 graduate of Creighton University, Stannard has his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "A" Coaching License. With the Bluejays, Stannard became accustomed to success as Creighton reached the NCAA College Cup Elite Eight on two occasions and advanced to the Final Four his freshman season. In all, Stannard helped the Bluejays to a total of 60 wins in his four-year career.
Stannard is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he earned first-team all-state, all-metro and all-district honors while at Washington High School. He is married to the former Alicja Czajka, who holds seven track and field records at NIU.
Stannard, who recently earned his master's degree in sports management from Northern Illinois, will begin his duties at Michigan State on July 1.