Opposite Clayton “Clay” Stanley was born Jan. 20, 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii, which is where he grew up. Although his father and step-grandfather were on the 1968 U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team, Stanley did not start playing volleyball seriously until he was 17.
Stanley (205cm, 104kg) joined the U.S. National Team in 2000 and was a starter right away. He played in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, where the U.S. won the gold medal. He was named MVP of the Olympic men's volleyball tournament as the U.S. Men finished with a gold medal. Stanley was the top scorer of the tournament with 146 points on 116 kills, 15 blocks and 15 aces. He was also the leading server, averaging 0.45 aces per set. He was the leading scorer in seven out of eight of the United States' matches.
In 2009, Stanley was the fifth-leading scorer on the team, finishing with 137 points on 107 kills, 16 aces and 14 blocks in 42 sets. His hitting percentage was 0.445. His 16 aces put him second on the team. He helped the U.S. win the FIVB World Championship qualifier and finish sixth in the FIVB World League.
Stanley played college volleyball for the University of Hawaii in 1997-2000. He is single. He has played in the Russian Super League during the past three winter seasons.