Stan Jefferson
Stan  Jefferson

Director of Player Development

Ohio State, 1974

Stan Jefferson
Director, Player Personnel

Stan Jefferson is in his 12th year at Ohio State. He joined the Buckeye football staff in July, 2004, as the associate director of football operations. After two years in that capacity, he was named director of player development in the spring of 2006.

Jefferson monitors the academic progress of the student-athletes and he is also the point person for the Buckeyes' far-reaching community relations and outreach initiatives.

Jefferson is highly regarded in collegiate athletics. Consider:

  • In April 2016 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ashland University Gridiron Club; Jefferson worked at the school as an assistant coach for 11 seasons.
  • In 2015, Jefferson was named to the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
  • And in May, 2010, Jefferson was one of seven national recipients of the Ohio State African American Alumni Society Awards, receiving the Samella Lewis Professional Achievement Award for his long and distinguished career in education and athletics.
  • He is also a member of the Valley View Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Mansfield City Schools Hall of Fame in February, 2009.

Prior to coming to Ohio State, Jefferson spent nearly 30 years as a high school coach and administrator in Mansfield, Ohio, and was one of the most respected educators in the state. While serving as the head football coach at Mansfield Senior High School, Jefferson's teams posted a combined record of 65-39, captured four league titles and made four playoff appearances between 1993 and 2002. Twenty times the Coach of the Year for track or football in the Ohio Heartland, Northwest District and Cardinal Conference, he was a finalist for the National Football League High School Coach of the Year award in 1999.

Jefferson served as an assistant football coach at Ashland University from 1982-92; Ashland won Heartland Conference titles in 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1986. In 1986, AU qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time in school history.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Jefferson graduated from Ohio State in 1974 and earned his master's degree from Bowling Green in 1984. He was a walk-on member of the football team in 1970 and earned a freshman numeral that year; the NCAA discontinued freshman football in 1971.

Stan's wife, Shirley, a Norwalk, Ohio, native, is a graduate of Ashland University and the University of Toledo.