WHITTIER, Calif. - Announced today, Elizabeth Stanley has been named new head women's basketball coach for Whittier College. Stanley comes to Whittier with more than 20 years of coaching experience in the sport at both the secondary and collegiate levels.
"I am thrilled to welcome Elizabeth to the Poets sports program," said Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman. "A veteran athlete and coach, she carries outstanding credentials and is widely known and praised by colleagues in the field. As such, she is the perfect fit for Whittier College and for our current basketball squad, and our student-athletes will be fortunate to learn from someone who has such an extensive background and successful record."
Heading to Whittier for the 2012-2013 season, Stanley leaves her recent coaching stint for Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, Calif., where her varsity squads amassed a 200-49 win-loss record.
Prior to Amador, she coached eight seasons at Ohlone Community College in Fremont, Calif., where she led the program to three conference championships and a Sweet 16 appearance, and moved the program from last place to first in just three short years. Expanding her leadership in the sport and outreach to promising young women athletes, in 1996 she founded the Tri Valley Elite Basketball Program, an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) club organization that teaches basketball fundamentals and competitive skills development to young women grades 5 -12-- and as a result, has promoted girls' basketball throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
A native of Livermore, Calif., Stanley holds a B.A. in psychology, a B.S. in kinesiology and physical education, and an M.S. in sports psychology. Currently, she is working toward a doctorate in psychology through Capella University, a goal she intends to complete while leading the Whittier College women's basketball program. An experienced athlete herself, Stanley first began her career playing collegiate basketball--for University of Pacific, Chico State University, and finally for St. Mary's College.