by Philip Dowden
Evangel University Director of Athletics Dr. Dennis McDonald announced the hiring of Brandon Staley on Monday to lead the track and field programs as the head coach.
“In our hiring process, we always strive to find individuals that look to further our student-athletes spiritual walk, influence them to graduate and win at the highest level. Brandon fits all those qualities that we were looking for,” said McDonald. “I believe he has the drive to help continue building our track and field program. I look forward to watching him continue to grow our student-athletes and program.”
Staley came to Evangel as a football student-athlete in 2013, where he played wide receiver for two seasons before an injury sidelined his career. He moved into a student coaching role for the Crusaders before graduating in 2018 with a degree in social studies education and a minor in leadership.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to be the next Evangel Head Track and Field coach,” said Staley. “I’m also thankful for Dr. Taylor and Dr. McDonald to give me this opportunity. Evangel has been my home for many years, and I’m grateful they have put their trust in me to lead this program. I look forward to what’s to come, and I’m excited to get to work.”
After graduation, Staley spent one season as a head coach at Mountain Grove Schools as the junior high football coach, while assisting at the varsity level. He was also the track and field coach for the Panthers at the high school level.
A native of Willard, Missouri, Staley returned to Evangel in 2019 as an assistant football coach. He helped with the wide receivers coaching first-team all-Heart receiver Jansen Acklin during his first season. Staley also helped with the Evangel indoor track and field teams this season, including time at the national championships with Shane Burns and D’Queveous Adkins.
Staley enjoyed a prep career locally at Lighthouse Christian Academy.