Owen Stanley brought a wealth of professional and collegiate experience with him when he joined the LSU staff in June of 2023, where he serves as the Head Football Athletic Trainer.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Stanley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from West Chester University (Pa.) in 2002. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion from the University of Kentucky in 2005, while serving as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Wildcats’ Football and Baseball teams, after finishing an internship with the New York Jets.
Upon graduating from Kentucky, Stanley joined the athletic training staff at the University of Northern Iowa in 2005, working as the Assistant Director of Athletic Training services and Head Football Athletic Trainer.
In 2007, Stanley accepted the position of Assistant Athletic Trainer for the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs, where he worked until joining the Jackrabbits.
From 2009-2015, Owen became the Asst. A.D & Director of Sports Medicine for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits where he grew the Sports Medicine Department from 4 full time staff and 2 graduate students to a total staff of 13. He also oversaw multiple projects including the brand new indoor facility and transition of team physicians.
Owen went on to be the Head Football Athletic Trainer in 2015 for Texas A&M, going back to his roots in the SEC. After which he became the Assistant A.D. – Director of Football Sports Medicine at the University of Kansas to help change the program as well as oversee transition to a new medical model.
Stanley’s other professional experience includes internships with the NFL’s New York Jets and the Philadelphia Wings of the Professional Indoor Lacrosse league.
In addition to his athletic training experience, Stanley has given presentations at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association Symposium and has been published in the Journal of Sports Medicine, as well as serves as the current Vice President of the SEC Sports Medicine Committee.
Stanley also chaired the Young Professionals Committee of the Missouri Athletic Trainers Association and serves as an E-Mentor for NATA and on numerous committees and advisory councils on and off campus.
Stanley, who earned his advanced EMT certification in 2012, he lives with his wife Erin and son Carter.