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Tuskegee named Slater as head football coach

January 17, 2006

TUSKEGEE, Ala. - (January 17, 2006) - Tuskegee University has named former Temple University offensive coordinator Willie J. Slater as its new head football coach. Slater was introduced as a morning press conference by TU president Dr. Benjamin Payton.

Willie Slater

“Coach Slater is a proven winner who believes in recruiting hard to find the best players available and coaching them well. He knows the importance of teaching players to be the best they can be athletically and in life,” Dr. Payton said. “That, coupled with his winning record and spirit, makes him the top selection to lead our Golden Tigers football team.” Though the new coach spent the last two seasons in Philadelphia with the Temple Owls under his former University of North Alabama coach, he is no stranger to making winners out of Alabama teams. Slater, 49, holds five Division II National Championship rings from his work at the University of North Alabama and Troy University. He is also a five-time NCAA Assistant Coach of the Year recipient, and has led the Jacksonville State Gamecocks to win the 2003 Ohio Valley Conference title with a 7-1 (8-4 overall) record. In 1993, North Alabama had the country’s top rushing offense, gaining 317.5 yards per contest, under his leadership.

The Coffeeville, Ala., native has coached at Temple University, 2004-2005; Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Ala., 2000-2003; the University of North Alabama, Florence, Ala., 1992-1999; the University of West Alabama, Livingston, Ala., 1991-1992; and Troy University, Troy, Ala., 1983-1990.

During a stellar 26-year career of working with programs in Divisions I-A, I-AA and II, Slater has had the pleasure of coaching numerous players who have taken those skills to the NFL – playing for teams such as the New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins and several other teams.

The new coach and his wife, Patricia, have three children and one grandson.

“Mr. Slater brings a track record of powerful experience as a competent coach and is a man of sterling character. He and his family are welcomed additions to the Tuskegee University family,” Dr. Payton said.



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