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Stan Clayton, a former Penn State national champion and NFL player has nearly two decades of coaching experience with offensive lines and is in his eighth season at Lafayette.
In 2015, Clayton used six different starting lineups that included freshmen Tanner Kern and Kevin Zataveski as full-time starters at center and right guard, respectively, and sophomore Cam Smith in the right tackle spot. At one point, injuries forced the Leopards to move Matt Anderson over to offensive guard, where he started two games, from defensive tackle.
2014 was also a challenging year for Clayton who used seven different starting lineups in 11 games. A season-ending injury to four-year starter Luke Chiarolanzio forced the Leopards to shuffle players during the stretch run, using six different tackles during the season. Only Connor Staudle ’17 and Zack Mazur ’15 appeared in every game, with Mazur playing left tackle, center and right tackle on his way to All-Patriot League recognition and the team’s offensive line MVP. Clayton’s patchwork effort came together on the biggest stage, opening holes for 309 rushing yards against Lehigh in the 150th meeting in Yankee Stadium.
In 2013, Clayton worked with an offensive line that returned all five starters. The results on the rushing attack and passing game were striking. Lafayette had a player rush for 1,000 yards for the first time since 2006. In the air, the Leopards set new single-season records for completions and passing yards. In that returning five, Chiarolanzio garnered All-Patriot League First-Team honors at left tackle (after a second-team selection in 2012) while Mazur was a 2013 second-team selection at right tackle. Meanwhile, three-year starter Brad Bormann racked up a host of scholar-athlete awards, including a CoSIDA Academic All-America Second-Team selection.
In 2011, Clayton managed a line that featured All-Patriot League First-Team honoree Scott Biel ’12, who started every game his final three seasons. He also oversaw the development of Chiarolanzio at right tackle.
Clayton coached Biel and Anthony Buffolino ’12 to All-Patriot League Second-Team selections in 2010. In his first season with the Leopards in 2009, Clayton mentored two All-Patriot League performers in tackle Ryan Hart-Predmore ’10 and center Mike Wojcik ’10. Both were integral parts in the pass protection scheme that helped Lafayette lead the nation in passing efficiency and finish among the nation’s statistical leaders in passing offense (11th) and total offense (15th).
Clayton came to College Hill after three seasons at Toledo where he coached a 2008 NFL third-round draft pick, John Greco, and led the offensive line to a No. 2 ranking in the Mid-American Conference and a No. 19 ranking in the nation for fewest sacks allowed (16) in 2007. The Toledo offense led the MAC in rushing and total offense and was second in scoring during that season.
He also spent six years at Princeton as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator. While with the Tigers, he coached Ross Tucker and Dennis Norman, both of whom went on to spend at least seven years in the NFL.
Clayton graduated from Penn State in 1988 with a degree in Administration of Justice and a minor in Business Law. While at Penn State, he was a member of the 1986 national championship team and a 1987 All-America honorable mention.
He was a 10th-round selection of the Atlanta Falcons in the 1988 draft and played for the next four years in the NFL with Atlanta (1988-89), New England (1990-91) and Pittsburgh (1992).
After his NFL career, the Cherry Hill, N.J. native returned to Penn State as an assistant coach in 1995 for one year before serving stints at Massachusetts and Alabama State. He also spent six summers participating in the NFL’s minority coaching fellowship program with Chicago, New York (Giants), Philadelphia and Tennessee.
Clayton is married to the former Kathleen Griffin.