Matt Stanley hopes to turn his temporary position as men’s basketball coach at Foothill College into a permanent one.
Hired last week to temporarily replace Shanan Rosenberg – who is on a one-year leave of absence after taking the job of head coach at Linfield College but said he intends to stay there long term – Stanley aspires to coach the Owls well beyond this season.
The San Jose resident stepped down from his job as head coach at Cañada College for the chance to return to Foothill, where he assisted Rosenberg for five seasons.
“It’s a risk,” said Stanley, who will have to reapply for the job next year if Rosenberg resigns. “I’ll show them what I can do and hope they’ll want to keep me.”
Stanley also assumes Rosenberg’s duties as a full-time teacher of physical education and kinesiology courses at the Los Altos Hills community college. He was a part-time instructor at Cañada, where he coached the basketball team since 2011.
Prior to that, Stanley served as an assistant to Rosenberg.
“I’m very excited to be back at Foothill,” the 33-year-old said.
The feeling is mutual, according to athletic director Susan Gutkind
“Coach Stanley truly understands what it means to work in a community college program with young men. He understands what it is to be part of a cohesive team,” she said. “His teaching style is particularly outstanding, and he brings an impressive level of consistency and professionalism to our program. We’re excited to have him on board as head coach.”
Stanley officially took over Monday, the start of the Owls’ summer basketball program. Only three players are expected to return from last year’s squad, which reached the playoffs with a 22-5 record.
“I want to continue to build on the excellence of the program,” Stanley said. “I want us to play to our potential and get back to the playoffs.”
Stanley has 10 years of coaching experience, including one season as a volunteer assistant at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Before that, he served as a graduate assistant at Chico State University, where he also earned a master’s degree in physical education.
Stanley played college basketball at Shasta College and Lewis & Clark College in Portland.
“I’ve been around the game for most of my life. It’s who I am – it’s my identity,” he said. “I played for as long as I could, but I wasn’t done with basketball, and coaching was the next-best thing. It was the right choice for me.”
Foothill is scheduled to open its season Nov. 8.