Stanley out as Valley grid coach

Thursday, November 1, 2001

Missouri Valley College head football coach Dan Stanley announced that he will step down following Saturday's season-ending game with Avila at Gregg-Mitchell Field.

A press release issued by the school gave no reason for the resignation. Stanley will remain at Valley in the development/alumni areas, according to Athletic Director Tom Fifer.

Stanley, a member of the Missouri Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame and Missouri Football Hall of Fame, has coached for over 43 years -- most of it on the high school level in the Kansas City area. He took over the Vikings following the sudden departure of Greg Purdum in '96, guiding MVC to a 29-31 overall record and the '99 Heart of America Conference championship.

The current 4-5 campaign began well, with two wins to open the season. But during the first quarter of the Vikings' Sept. 15 home game against Evangel, Stanley's wife, Claudine, fell victim to an aneurysm and was rushed to the hospital. Since then, Stanley has spent most of his time tending to his wife, who is now recuperating from brain surgery at Boone County Hospital in Columbia. Stanley first returned to the sidelines for the Oct. 13 Homecoming contest with Graceland.

"I want to thank all the people in Marshall that have helped me on the sidelines, as well as the people from the community," said Stanley in a prepared statement.

Fifer said a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

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