Prior to becoming Winnipeg’s Defensive Assistant in April 2018, James Stanley spent five seasons with Hamilton as the Defensive Backs Coach.
Over the course of his time with the Tiger-Cats, Stanley has coached multiple defensive backs to CFL All-Star status, including Delvin Breaux in 2014, and Emanuel Davis and Craig Butler in 2015.
Prior to his arrival in Hamilton, Stanley helped the Toronto Argonauts capture the 100th Grey Cup Championship as Linebackers Coach in 2012. He began his CFL coaching career as a Defensive Assistant with the Calgary Stampeders in 2011, focusing on the team’s 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.