|Year of Graduation:||1987-1990|
Brett Stanley always had the dream as a high school basketball player of playing at the next level and finding an environment that he could not only strengthen his skills as an athlete but also as a human being. In 1986-1987, Stanley got that chance when he enrolled at Maryville College.
Under Coach Randy Lambert, this 6’4” wing from Atlanta’s North Fulton High School was talented enough to play in 25 games as a freshman where he became a key contributor to the team’s performance thanks to his 38% shooting from the field. “Prep’s” athleticism allowed him to average 3.7 points and 3.7 rebounds a game as a rookie Scot. Stanley earned a varsity letter and was named Freshman of the Year by MC’s coaching staff.
As basketball season ended, this fleet footed speedster would take his skills to the baseball diamond. The basketball post-season took away some of Brett’s early season playing time, but it did not take him long to hit his stride. As a freshman, Brett threw eight inning on the mound in relief and only surrendered seven hits. Offensively he hit .390 with an on-base percentage of .419 while slogging at a .561 clip. For his outstanding efforts, Brett also won Freshman of the Year honors for the Scots diamondmen.
Surrounded by standouts Scott Fletcher, Stan Ballard, Pat Heldman, and Dean Walsh, Stanley’s sophomore season in 1987-1988 showed the Cooper Crazies marked improvement individually and as a team . As a player he increased his efficiency shooting the ball up to 40% from the field, including 80% from the free throw line. His individual improvement translated into success for the team as a whole, as the Scots compiled a 19-7 record on the season. The lefty with hops finished averaging 7.6 points and 5.4 rebounds a game for the Orange and Garnet.
In the spring of 1988, the speedy outfielder roamed the outfield and committed only a pair of errors the entire season for MC. His average dipped to .235, but an unbelievable junior season on Scotland Yard was just around the corner.
The 1988-89 basketball season was highlighted by an 18-8 record overall. As an offensive weapon this junior flourished as he shot 45% from the field. Brett began to find his range and poured in numerous efforts from beyond the arc. He finished the season shooting 39% from 3-point range. His junior season was highlighted by a game on November 23rd that season where he shot a staggering 91% from the field against Fisk. Stanley connected on 11-of-12 shots to tame the Bulldogs. Stanley progressively increased his production each year finishing with 11.1 points and 6.3 rebounds a game.
Each year Brett’s number’s eclipsed the last. The spring of 1989 was no different in baseball. Stanley hit .438 with 10 stolen bases while leading the Scots to their best team record in the past decade.
Brett’s senior basketball year 1989-90 was certainly one that he will remember for his entire life, where the Scots of Maryville put together a season of 17 wins and only 7 losses. On the season Stanley averaged 13.9 pts, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game to go along with an impressive 43% 3-point percentage. Proving his progression to become a better and better player as his career went along, Stanley was able to produce career highs during his senior year in free throws attempted (80), made (64), and also steals (54). He was also able to capture a single game career highlight during a game against Rust where he showed off his defensive skills by bagging 10 steals during the course of the game and finished with a triple-double where he reached double figures in steals, points and rebounds.
Brett chose to not play baseball during his senior season to focus on graduation. During his three-year collegiate baseball career he finished 63-for-186 at the plate for a career batting average of .339 while only committing six career errors in the outfield.
Ronnie Ramsey, Brett’s baseball coach for a pair of seasons talked about his spring skills. “Brett would always get to the field in later spring due to the basketball team’s success and his athleticism allowed him to make a quick transition to the sport. After a short period to get his timing, Brett would be roaming Scotland Yard’s outfield or pitching in relief with ease.”
Maryville College Head Basketball Coach Randy Lambert stated when asked about Brett,” He was truly one of those players that you could not wait to see what he could do next. He might come out of nowhere to block a shot or make a steal. He could run the floor for a thunderous dunk or pull up and hit the three. Brett has to go down as one of the best athletes ever to wear the orange and garnet…it was truly a pleasure to coach him and watch him develop into the man he is today.”
Brett Stanley now resides in the Atlanta, GA area and has become a very popular and highly-recommended personal trainer. He is ranked as one of the top personal trainers in the country today. He owns the Body Architect workout facility, where he has trained famous athletes, celebrities, and even every day people to reach their physical peaks and goals.
Ladies and gentlemen, one of the most talented two-sport standouts to ever wear the Orange and Garnet, 2010 Wall of Fame Inductee Brett Stanley.