Opposite Clayton “Clay” Stanley was born January 20, 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii, which is where he grew up. Although his father and step-grandfather were on the 1968 US Olympic Volleyball Team, Stanley did not start playing volleyball seriously until he was 17.
Stanley (205cm, 104kg) joined the US team in 2000 and was a starter right away. He played in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, where the US won the gold medal. Additionally, he was named MVP of the Olympic men's volleyball tournament in 2008 and was 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.
Stanley was named the USA Volleyball Men's Indoor Player of the Year for 2010. Stanley finished 2010 as the team's leading scorer with 252 points (3.82 points per set) on 191 kills (0.25 hitting percentage), 28 blocks (0.42 blocks per set) and 33 aces (0.50 aces per set). His kills and aces led the team. He also had 80 digs (1.21 digs per set), which was third best on the team.