2010 Inductee

Ken 'Big Daddy' Stanley

Ken 'Big Daddy' Stanley

Ken Stanley led the Pierce College Men's Volleyball team to three state championships (1986, 1988 and 1992) since launching the program in 1976. Ken began coaching at Pierce in 1966 as a Basketball Assistant to Denny Crum. It seems only fitting that a coach known as "Big Daddy" would run a volleyball program that has served as a cradle for coaches.

Ken has nurtured the Pierce College Men's Volleyball program from its infancy into one of the most powerful in the state. Along the way he has helped produce a nest full of top-flight coaches. Ken has coached three Olympian athletes. He says that he has been lucky that so many fine athletes heard about him, that they knocked on his door, and that they stayed. Ken would have you believe that all of the powerful Men's Volleyball teams at Pierce College have come together by grace. Ken is too modest to mention that he sculpted them into champions, one precise chip after another.

Ken Stanley was inducted into the California Community College Menís Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009, along with Marv Dunphy and 2008 Olympian, Riley Salmon of Pierce. Ken retired from the Head Coach job in 2004, but has always had a hand in the program. He continues as a consultant for the coaches. Ken spends his time in semi-retirement being active; he plays golf twice a week and spends time playing catch with his 8-year-old grandson.