Clay Stanley has been named the USA Volleyball Indoor Male Athlete of the Year for 2010 and has been nominated for the United States Olympic Committee SportsMan of the Year.
Stanley, 32, who plays opposite for the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, is a two-time Olympian who won a gold medal and was named the tournament Most Valuable Player at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
In 2010, Stanley was the team’s leading scorer. “What people don’t know about Clay is that he provides his leadership to the team with his work ethic,” said U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.). “He is ready to work hard all practice long, no matter what we are working on; the same with matches and the same with the weight room.”
Stanley played every set (33) of every match (9) for the United States at the 2010 FIVB World Championship in Italy, where the U.S. Men finished sixth, their best showing since 1994. The FIVB named Stanley the tournament’s Best Server, crediting him with 23 aces and 36 faults on 155 attempts for an average of 0.70 aces per set.
USAV Indoor Male Athlete of the Year
2010 – Clay Stanley
2009 – Sean Rooney
2008 – Reid Priddy
2007 – Ryan Millar