JONESBORO, Ark. (3/31/17) – Arkansas State men’s basketball head coach Mike Balado announced today the hiring of Casey Stanley as assistant coach on his staff.
“I’m pleased to announce the hiring of Casey Stanley to our staff,” Balado said. “Coach Stanley and I have a long history together and I know that he is an exceptional coach, recruiter and person of character. He was instrumental in the success they had at UNC-Wilmington and knows what it takes to assist in building a championship program.”
Stanley comes to Arkansas State after three seasons as assistant coach at UNC-Wilmington. He has nine years of experience at the NCAA Division I level after also working at Minnesota (2013-14), FIU (2012-13), Louisville (2011-12), Seton Hall (2010-11) and Iona (2008-10).
“The thing that made working for Arkansas State something I couldn’t pass up, is the opportunity to work for Mike Balado,” Stanley said. “Although I only worked with Coach Balado one year, it was easy to see why he is considered one of the young rising stars in the coaching profession. I consider it a privilege to be able to call Jonesboro home and see the tremendous support this city gives the Red Wolves first hand.”
Stanley, coaching under head coach Kevin Keatts, helped lead the Seahawks to postseason play all three years and the team posted a combined record of 72-28 (.720) and a 41-13 (.759) mark in Colonial Athletic Association play. UNCW was a program without a postseason berth the previous eight seasons, but the Seahawks went to the CIT in 2015 before back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017.
The 2016-17 UNC-Wilmington squad won a school-record 29 games as the team led the Colonial Athletic Association and ranked 10th nationally in scoring averaging 85.2 points per game. In 2015-16, the Seahawks were picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll, but tied the then school-record with 25 wins and its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005-06.
In his first season at UNCW, Stanley aided in the transformation of the program that finished last in the CAA for the 2013-14 season. The Seahawks won a share of the regular season title and finished with an 18-14 record.
Prior to joining the UNC-Wilmington staff, Stanley served as video coordinator for head coach Richard Pitino at Minnesota. The Gophers went 25-13 in the 2013-14 campaign, winning the NIT title with a 65-63 victory over SMU.
Stanley worked alongside Coach Balado during the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at FIU. The Panthers posted their first winning season (18-14) in 13 years, the most wins in 15 years and reached the Sun Belt Conference championship game for the first time.
Before joining Richard Pitino at FIU, Stanley served as video coordinator for Rick Pitino at Louisville in the 2011-12 season.
Additionally, Stanley worked for Kevin Willard at Seton Hall in 2010-11 as Coordinator of Basketball Operations. Stanley attended Iona College and worked as Director of Operations for Willard during his time there.
Stanley earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science at Iona in 2008.