July 9, 2014
EAST LANSING, Michigan - Michigan State men's soccer assistant coach Kylie Stannard has been promoted to Associate Head Coach, as announced today by Spartan head coach Damon Rensing. Stannard has been part of the MSU coaching staff since 2009.
"I am pleased for Kylie and this promotion is certainly well deserved," said Rensing. "We have enjoyed success as a program over the last five years and Kylie has been an important contributor to that success. Since Kylie has joined the Michigan State soccer family in 2009, he has been a tireless worker, and over the past five years he has learned what it means to be a part of MSU soccer and the athletic department. This combination made it easy for me to recommend this promotion to Shelley Appelbaum and Mark Hollis."
"First of all, I want to thank Mark Hollis and Shelley Appelbaum for their incredible support of men's soccer and for all they do for Michigan State," said Stannard. "I feel fortunate every day to work for such an amazing University with excellent people and many of the premier leaders in all of college athletics. Secondly, I am extremely grateful to work for one of the top college soccer coaches in the nation under Damon Rensing. He and I have formed a great partnership over the past five years and I have learned a tremendous amount. It's also a great pleasure to work with other great assistant coaches, Ben Pirmann and Paul Gilbert, where we all push each other every day. Lastly, I want to thank the incredible student-athletes we have had the pleasure to work with. Ultimately, the student-athletes are the reason we are here and we really appreciate all their hard work and trust."
Stannard has helped lead the Spartans to four NCAA Tournament bids over his five years, including a run to the Elite Eight last season, a Big Ten Tournament title and appearance in the second round in 2012, and the Sweet 16 in 2010. Last season, Michigan State finished the season No. 7 in the final NSCAA national poll, after a school-record 14 wins. After the season, Stannard was named the 2013 Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Each of the last two seasons, he has also been honored by College Soccer News as one of the top 15 assistant coaches in the nation.
Stannard has helped bring multiple top-40 recruiting classes to the Spartans, which includes the No. 8 recruiting class in 2012, the highest-ranked class in the Big Ten. In addition, the program achieved the highest men's team GPA at Michigan State in 2013.
Prior to MSU, Stannard spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois University. The Huskies won a total of 44 games in the four seasons and went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2006.
A 2001 graduate of Creighton University, Stannard became accustomed to success as the Bluejays reached the NCAA 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 earned his master's degree in sports management from Northern Illinois.
"I would also like to thank Kylie's wife Alicja for her support of the program and Kylie over the past five years," added Rensing. "We are excited that they will be with us for the 2014 season and beyond."