Jason Stanyer, of Brighton, has been named head coach of the Cleary University women's lacrosse team. Cleary's newest addition to the athletic program is scheduled to begin play in 2016.
"We are very excited about adding Jason to our coaching staff," said Karl Kling, Cleary University Athletic Director. "His knowledge and passion for the sport of women's lacrosse is very evident, but his passion for rolling up his sleeves and building a program that is strong long-term is what excited us the most. He has ties to the Livingston County community having worked with Hartland High School for the last several years, and has built a strong network that will allow him to bring in quality student-athletes from locally and beyond.
"The challenge of starting a program at Cleary is what makes this such a great opportunity," said Stanyer. "This is an opportunity to build the only collegiate lacrosse program in Livingston County. That is exciting."
Stanyer has been the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Hartland High School for the past three seasons, helping the team to two regional titles and two semi-state appearances. He also is the owner and goalie coach of the Cyclones Club Lacrosse Team in Brighton.
He is one of only three lacrosse coaches in the state to have received a Level Three Certification from United States Lacrosse.
"It's the highest level certification you can achieve," said Stanyer.
Stanyer said his challenge in building a lacrosse program is different from coaches in traditional sports.
"When other coaches recruit players they know the play knows the sport. I will be recruiting athletes and probably have to teach them lacrosse," said Stanyer. "I am recruiting athletes who may not even know that lacrosse is an option for them."
"I work with players year round to help them find a collegiate program," said Stanyer. "I saw a real need for a collegiate program locally. It's an opportunity to grow a program and make a difference. I am looking forward to being part of the Cleary community.
Cleary University reintroduced its collegiate athletic program in 2012 when it formed teams for men's and women's golf and cross country. Cleary's athletic program also includes: men's and women's soccer, baseball, softball and bowling. Baseball and softball are scheduled to begin in 2015. Cleary is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
Cleary University (cleary.edu) is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-campus, specialized business university, committed to the betterment of society through the success of its alumni and their employers. Cleary's mission is to provide a practical, application-based education, which equips students to advance their careers.