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Clay Stanley
Personal information
Full name Clayton Iona Stanley
Nickname Clay, The Bird
Nationality American
Born (1978-01-20) January 20, 1978 (age 45)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Height 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)
Weight 104 kg (229 lb)
Spike 357 cm (141 in)
Block 322 cm (127 in)
Volleyball information
Position Opposite
Number 13
Years Teams
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
P.A.O.K. Thessaloniki
Aris Thessaloniki
Panathinaikos Athens
Iraklis Thessaloniki
Gigantes de Carolina
Iraklis Thessaloniki
Zenit Kazan
Ural Ufa
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk
Suntory Sunbirds
National team
2000–2012  USA
Medal record
Men's volleyball
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing
World Grand Champions Cup
Silver 2005 Japan
World League
Gold 2008 Rio de Janeiro
Silver 2012 Sofia
Bronze 2007 Katowice
NORCECA Championship
Gold 2003 Mexico
Gold 2005 Canada
Gold 2007 United States
Silver 2001 Barbados
Silver 2009 Puerto Rico
Silver 2011 Puerto Rico
America's Cup
Gold 2007 Manau
Last updated: 29 December 2017

Clayton Iona "Clay" Stanley (born January 20, 1978) is an American volleyball player, a member of United States men's national volleyball team, a participant of the Olympic Games (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012), Olympic Champion 2008, NORCECA Champion 2005, multimedalist of the World League.

In October 2021, he will be inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, along with Logan Tom and Todd Rogers.

Personal life

Stanley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Jon Stanley and Sandra Haine. He has three brothers (Reese Haine, Wil Stanley and Jon Stanley), and two sisters (Taeya Stanley and Natasha Haine). His parents and grandfather Tom Haine were volleyball players. His mother and grandfather represented Canada, father Jon represented United States. Stanley's father played on 1968 Olympic Games and is a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame. Stanley's step-grandfather, Tom Haine, was also on the 1968 men's Olympic volleyball team. His mother, Sandra Haine, played professionally for the Denver Comets as well as for Canada's national team. With Stanley's first Olympic appearance in Athens, Greece, he and his father became the first father-son Olympians in USA volleyball history.

In July 2013 he married to Kristin (née Jackson). In March 2014 they announced that they are expecting their first child.


Stanley is a graduate of Kaiser High School in Honolulu and did not play volleyball in high school, as the school did not have a boys' team at the time.

Stanley attended the University of Hawaiʻi, where he majored in Spanish. Stanley was a freshman in 1997, but redshirted his sophomore year. He decided to forgo his 2000 senior redshirt year to play professionally.

In 1999, Stanley broke Hawaiʻi's single-match kill record with 50 kills against UCLA. In 2000, he was Third-Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and ranked in the Top 15 of the nation with a 5.53 kill average. He led the MPSF in aces and tied team record with 54. He finished his career 10th on all-time kill list at Hawaii.


Playing at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Stanley led the team and finished fifth overall in scoring with 110 points on 83 kills, 17 aces and 10 blocks. His 17 aces ranked second among all players in the tournament. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Stanley helped Team USA to its first gold medal in 20 years. For his performances during the tournament, he was selected as the MVP, Best Scorer, and Best Server of the Olympics.

With the professional club Iraklis Thessaloniki, he won the silver medal at the 2004–05 CEV Champions League and was awarded "Best Scorer" and "Best Server". The next season he also won the silver medal and was awarded "Best Scorer".

Playing with Dynamo-Tattransgaz he won the 2007–08 Indesit Champions League and also was individually awarded "Most Valuable Player".

Stanley was one of the older members of the 2012 Olympic team that lost in the quarterfinals. Stanley picked up a knee injury in London and never again played in a major tournament for the U.S. In August 2016 he retired from professional career.



  • 2012 FIVB Volleyball World League "Best Server"
  • 2010 FIVB World Championship "Best Server"
  • 2009-10 CEV Champions League League Round "Best Server"
  • 2008 Summer Olympics "Most Valuable Player"
  • 2008 Summer Olympics "Best Scorer"
  • 2008 Summer Olympics "Best Server"
  • 2007 NORCECA Volleyball Championship "Best Server"
  • 2007–08 CEV Champions League Final Four "Most Valuable Player"
  • 2005 Liga de Voleibol Superior "Dream Team"
  • 2005–06 CEV Champions League "Best Scorer"
  • 2004–05 CEV Champions League "Best Scorer"
  • 2004–05 CEV Champions League "Best Server"
  • 2003 NORCECA Volleyball Championship "Most Valuable Player"

National team

Senior team

  • 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup, Med 3.png Bronze medal
  • 2008 Summer Olympics, Med 1.png Gold medal
  • 2008 FIVB World League, Med 1.png Gold medal
  • 2007 NORCECA Championship, Med 1.png Gold medal
  • 2007 America's Cup, Med 1.png Gold medal
  • 2007 FIVB World League, Med 3.png Bronze medal
  • 2005 NORCECA Championship, Med 1.png Gold medal
  • 2005 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup, Med 2.png Silver medal


  • 2007–08 CEV Indesit Champions League - Shield of the European Union.svg Champion, Dynamo-Tattransgaz
  • 2005–06 CEV Champions League - Gorm silver cup.jpg Runner-up, with Iraklis Thessaloniki
  • 2004–05 CEV Champions League - Gorm silver cup.jpg Runner-up, with Iraklis Thessaloniki

See also

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