Stan Jefferson
Stan Jefferson

Director of Player Development

Ohio State, 1974

Stan Jefferson is in his eighth 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.

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.

Jefferson works closely with the football operations staff in orchestrating the day-to-day workings of the football program. In addition to monitoring the academic progress of the student-athletes, he is also the point person for the Buckeyes' far-reaching community relations and outreach initiatives.

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. Jefferson helped coach quarterback Dave Biondo, who in 1987 received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Jefferson coached under Dr. Fred Martinelli, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

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.

A member of the Valley View Hall of Fame, Jefferson was inducted to the Mansfield City Schools Hall of Fame in February, 2009.

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