Kylie Stannard, who as associate head coach helped guide Michigan State to back-to-back Elite Eight NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014, begins his fourth season as Yale's 5k Corral Head Coach Of Men's Soccer in 2018-19.
In his three years at the helm, Stannard has the Yale Soccer program headed in a very positive direction. The Bulldogs have improved their overall win total in each of the last two years and increased their Ivy League point total in all three of his seasons. In 2017, Stannard led Yale to its highest league finish (third) since 2005. In addition, he has been bringing talented and diverse student-athletes to Yale. His Class of 2021 was ranked No. 23 in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com, and he followed that up with another deep and strong Class of 2022.
Stannard, who spent a total of six years at Michigan State as a member of Damon Rensing’s staff, brought impressive credentials to New Haven. The Spartans made five NCAA Tournament appearances during Stannard’s tenure, including runs to the Elite Eight in 2013 and 2014, the Sweet 16 in 2010 (where MSU fell to North Carolina on penalty kicks) and a Big Ten Tournament title and appearance in the round of 32 in 2012. MSU also reached the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament in 2013, posted an overall record of 69-43-18 in his six seasons and led the nation in shutouts over his final two years with a total of 26.
“Yale University is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I am extremely honored and humbled to be named the next head coach to lead a program that has an excellent history and tradition dating back to 1908,” said Stannard when he was hired. “It is a great privilege to be involved with such a world-class institution and that is something that will be emphasized on a daily basis."
Stannard was promoted to associate head coach at MSU prior to the start of the 2014 season, working under Rensing, one of the most successful coaches in the nation. In 2014, Stannard helped Michigan State earn the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and advance to the Elite Eight for the second straight year, one of only two teams in the nation to make back-to-back appearances in the quarterfinals.
In 2013, Stannard was instrumental in helping MSU in a record-breaking season. The Spartans won a program record 14 games en route to the NCAA quarterfinals, their first appearance in the round of eight since 1968. In addition, the team led the Big Ten and was in the top 10 nationally in nearly every defensive category, including posting a record-tying 13 shutouts. The Spartans also led the Big Ten and were in the top 15 nationally in assists and assists per game.
Following the season, Stannard was named the 2013 Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and was named one of the Top-15 assistant coaches in the nation by College Soccer News for the second consecutive year.
Several players under Stannard’s tutelage earned individual accolades, including Jay Chapman, who was a 2014 semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the NSCAA’s highest individual honor, and was named the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year. Stannard also coached three All-Americans – Chapman (2014), Fatai Alashe (2014) and Kevin Cope (2013).
Stannard consistently recruited the nation’s top players to Michigan State. During his tenure, the Spartans had four top-40 nationally ranked recruiting classes, including the No. 8 class in 2012.
Michigan State also enjoyed tremendous success in the classroom in Stannard’s six years. The Spartans were honored with three NSCAA Team Academic Awards, and posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher every year since 2011, including 3.45 this fall and 3.37 in the fall of 2013, which was the highest of any men’s sport at the school. Stannard coached a Senior CLASS Award finalist (Kevin Cope, 2013), a first team Capital One Academic All-American (Ryan Keener, 2014) and two NSCAA Scholar All-Americans (Cope – 1st team, 2013, 2nd team, 2012; Tim Kreutz – 3rd team, 2012). In addition, Michigan State has had 15 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars since 2009, including five in 2013, which led the Big Ten. The Spartans also led the league with 16 Academic All-Big Ten selections in 2014 and tied for the league lead with 15 in 2013.
Stannard also assisted the school’s marketing efforts and helped found the men’s soccer student section – the Red Cedar Rowdies.
Prior to Michigan State, Stannard spent four years as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois where he 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, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and were nationally ranked in each of his four years. NIU was the 2006 MAC regular season and tournament champions and also had a pair of second-place finishes. In 2006, the team posted a school-record 14 shutouts, which tied for the most in the nation, and in 2007, NIU had a top-40 nationally ranked recruiting class.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Stannard has served as a US Soccer scout for the Great Lakes Region since 2012. In addition, he was the head coach for the National Premier Soccer League’s Detroit City FC, leading the team to a second-place finish and a 5-2-5 overall record in its first year.
Stannard, who holds a USSF National “A” Coaching License and an NSCAA Premier Diploma, also has worked with the Region II (Midwest) Olympic Development Program, the Illinois and Nebraska ODP programs and was the co-director of coaching for Nebraska FC. In addition, he has several years of head coaching experience at the club level.
Stannard is a 2001 graduate of Creighton University where he played soccer for four years. With the Bluejays, Stannard became accustomed to success as Creighton reached the NCAA quarterfinals twice and advanced to the Final Four in his freshman season. In all, the Bluejays won 60 games 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 and is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame.
He earned his master’s degree is sports management from Northern Illinois.
Stannard is married to the former Alicja Czajka, a former track & field standout at Northern Illinois who set seven school records. Alicja earned her PhD in exercise physiology from Michigan State and is currently an Assistant Professor at Sacred Heart University.
What Others Are Saying About Kylie Stannard
- Damon Rensing, Head Men's Soccer Coach, Michigan State University
- Steve Simmons, Head Coach at Oregon State
- Jamie Clark, current head coach at University of Washington, former head coach at Creighton and Harvard
- Brian Johnson, U14 Head Coach Boys National Team, Technical Advisor- Mid America
- Scott Donnelly, US Soccer U18 National Team Assistant Coach and US Soccer Technical Advisor - Northeast
"Kylie is a tireless worker and puts the team before himself in every aspect. He is a very disciplined coach and holds everyone to high standards to get the best out of his players. He has not only made me a better player on the field, but made me a better person off the field as well. Kylie will excel as the head coach at Yale, and I am excited to keep track of his progress throughout this new journey."
- Fatai Alashe, a second team All-American at Michigan State, who was the No. 4 overall pick by the San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS draft this year and played for the U23 US National Team
- Kevin Cope, a Third Team All-American at Michigan State and Senior CLASS Award Finalist who was drafted in the 2014 MLS Super Draft by the Philadelphia Union
- Jay Chapman, who plays for the MLS Toronto FC and was a First Team All-American, Big Ten Midfielder of the Year and Hermann Trophy Semi-Finalist at Michigan State.
- Jim Phillips, Vice President For Athletics and Recreation, Northwestern
- Shelley Appelbaum, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Michigan State