Henry Stanford

Henry Stanford

  • Title:
    Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
  • Phone:
    (330) 569-5345
  • Email:
    stanfordha@hiram.edu
  • Recruiting Area :
    Cleveland, Columbus, Florida

Henry Stanford enters his seventh season with the Terrier football program, including his fourth as head coach.

As head coach, Stanford has ushered in a new level of offensive production that has not been seen at Hiram in quite some time. In his first three seasons as head coach of the Hiram program, Stanford has consistently helped the Terriers break and re-break offensive records, putting a stamp on the Hiram record books over 25 times.

Current team offensive records that have come under Coach Stanford include: points in a season (287); single-season passing first downs (113) and yards (2,568); as well as total offense in a game (702 vs Kenyon College in 2017), season (4,205) and yards per game (420.5).

Indivdually he has also helped numerous players to record-breaking performances. Quarter back Randy Tucker '19, set the single-game record for touchdown passes (6) in 2018. He also finished tied for the single-season mark with 17. Wideout Joshua Phillander '17, broke the single-game (4) and single-season (10) touchdown receptions mark in 2016.

Most impressively, Stanford led Terrier running back Danny Robinson '18, to the most prolific running season in Terrier history. Robinson set the Hiram standard with 1,079 yards, becoming just the second player ever to eclipse the 1k mark.

In his first three years with the Terriers, Stanford has led 10 players to All-NCAC honors, including first-team selections Robinson (2x), Philander and offensive lineman Zayd Mabin; second-team honorees, linebacker Kyle Burchett, defensive back D.D. Fleetion; and honorable mention picks, running back Isaiah Jones, defensive back Eduardo Gonzalez and linebacker/defensive lineman Horace Johnson (2x).

Stanford also helped lead senior linebacker Kyle Burchett to an American Football Coaches' Association Second-Team All-American honor. Burchett ranked second in the NCAC in total tackles (109) while sitting fifth in tackles for loss (12.5).

Coach Stanford came to Hiram following a five-year stay at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. During his tenure with the Crusaders, Coach Stanford served the team in a multitude of facets, before spending his final three seasons as the Head Coach. Prior to that appointment, Coach Stanford was selected as the OAC Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009.

Serving as offensive coordinator for the Crusaders in the '09 season, Stanford helped lead Capital to a 7-3 record in the OAC while ranking second in the conference in total yardage per game (423.1). That season, six members of the Crusader offense earned All-OAC honors, including second-team running back Dominic D'Andrea, who became the school's third ever 1,000 yard rusher. 

Throughout his tenure at Capital, including three seasons as head coach, Stanford led 34 players to All-OAC honors, including 10 first-team picks, 14 second-team honorees, and 10 honorable mention selections.

Prior to his time in Columbus, Stanford coached at Elmhurst (Ill.) College (2004-07), Tiffin University (1999-2000, 2003-04), Kenyon College (2002-03), Otterbein University (2000-02), and The Ohio State University as student assistant (1996-99).

While at Elmhurst, Coach Stanford served as the Associate Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, and Offensive Coordinator. As the OC, his teams posted the third-highest scoring offense and third-highest total offense in the history of the program.

Stanford served as an assistant coach while at Tiffin, Kenyon, Otterbein and Ohio State. He was also awarded a summer internship with the Cincinnati Bengals as part of the NFL Minority Fellowship Program.

Graduating from Ohio State in 1998, Stanford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and went on to earn his Masters' Degree at Tiffin.

Stanford is a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and served on the Board of Coaches in 2012. He is a member of Black Coaches and Administrators organization.