James Stanley will be entering his third season with the Bombers after joining the club as a defensive assistant in April of 2018.
Stanley has played an important role in the Bombers defensive success over the past two seasons, as he was part of the staff that devised the game plan for the team’s successful championship run. The Bombers defence surrendered just 39 points in three playoff games in winning the Grey Cup.
During the regular season, the Bombers finished fifth in points allowed (22.7) during the regular season and second in forced turnovers (45) and interceptions (24).
In 2018, as the club finished second in points, touchdowns and passing touchdowns allowed while leading the the league in forcing turnovers.
Prior to coming aboard with the Bombers, Stanley spent five seasons with Hamilton as defensive backs coach.During his time with the Tiger-Cats, Stanley coached multiple defensive backs to CFL All-Star status, including Delvin Breaux in 2014, and Emanuel Davis and Craig Butler in 2015.
Previously, Stanley helped the Toronto Argonauts capture the 100th Grey Cup Championship in 2012 while serving as linebackers. He began his CFL coaching career as a defensive assistant with the Calgary Stampeders in 2011, working specifically with the secondary.
In 2010, Stanley was a special-teams quality control and defensive assistant coach with the United Football League’s Hartford Colonials, while later serving as a defensive coaching intern with the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. He also spent part of the 2009 season as a special teams and secondary intern coach with the NFL’s Detroit Lions.