Western Michigan University

Western Michigan Athletics
1903 W. Michigan AveSeelye Ath Ctr MS 5446 Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Division 1 Michigan Midwest
Public Large Competitive team

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Sarah Stanczyk

Stanczyk took over the Western Michigan program in July 2018, becoming the sixth coach in the program’s history since it was founded in 1996.


Stanczyk joins the Broncos after spending four seasons as an assistant coach of the women’s program at DePaul, helping the Blue Demons to a Big East Conference Championships in 2014 and 2016. During the 2014 campaign, which included a Big East Tournament Championship, the team set a program record with a 16-1-4 record and the staff was named the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year.


Stanczyk was in charge of the defense at DePaul, where she helped improve the team’s goals against average from 67th in 2014 to 16th in 2015. The team set a new program shutout record in 2015 and 13 defenders trained by Stanczyk have been recognized with All-Big East honors, while four were named National Soccer Coaches Association of America Northeast All-Region. Three have gone on to play in the National Women’s Soccer League, including Sarah Gordon, DePaul’s first ever selection in the NWSL College Draft. Stanczyk was also responsible for DePaul’s team outreach and volunteer projects.


Stanczyk, a native of Grosse Pointe, played the 2009 and 2010 seasons at Michigan after beginning her collegiate playing career at Connecticut. Primarily a defender, she played in 37 matches (35 starts) during her two years, scoring one goal and tallying an assist. She was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2010, and two-time recipient of the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award.


After graduating from Michigan with a degree in brain behavior and cognitive science, she spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Michigan and helped the Wolverines to a 34-9-4 record, with trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals and Sweet 16. Stanczyk also went on to receive a master’s degree in exercise physiology/sports psychology from Eastern Michigan University.

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Kyle Farris

Kyle Farris was hired to the position of assistant women’s soccer coach, joining head coach Lauren Sinacola’s staff prior to the start of the 2016 season.


In his first season he helped the Broncos post a 13-7-1 record and reach the Mid-American Conference Semifinals for the fourth straight season.


Farris played for the WMU men’s soccer program from 2011-14, playing in 59 career games and scoring 14 points on four goals and six assists. One of his four goals was a game-winner over Michigan for the program’s first ever win in Ann Arbor.


After graduating he spent time as a secondary education teacher at Plainwell Community Schools. Farris coached the girls’ varsity soccer team in 2016 to a 7-1-1 conference record and was named the Conference Coach of the Year.


Farris is a United States Soccer Federation licensed coach. He holds a degree in secondary education with a focus on earth science and geography from Western Michigan University and resides in Portage with his wife Samantha.

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