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2009 - Welcome Coach Slaughter

Post  A Horse With No Name on Sat May 09, 2009 10:21 pm

Slaughter looks forward to coaching Sweetwater
Written by Ron Howell
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Craig Slaughter has been to Mustang Bowl before, but never like this.
Wearing a red shirt and tie, he made note of the difference after being named Friday as Sweetwater High School's new head football coach and athletic director by unanimous vote of the Sweetwater school board at a special meeting held at the Bowl. "I am very familiar with this place," he said. "I've been on the other side a few times (as Clyde's head football coach). And ya'll are not the best hosts," he added, drawing laughter from the crowd. "I look forward to being on this side for a change."
Slaughter, also a head coach at Hearne for four years before going to Clyde the past three, said he appreciated the opportunity to be here and serve as coach at a school which has over 600 wins in its long and rich history. He attended Friday's event with his wife Kim and their 22-month-old daughter, Lexi.
"I know the quality of this program and I look forward to coming here," he said. "It's a big program and I'm looking forward to being a part of it. We're excited about being a part of your community."
With the exception of his time at Hearne, which is near the Bryan-College Station area, Slaughter has coached exclusively in West Texas. A Winters native and Angelo State University graduate, he was an assistant at Ballinger, Menard and Eastland before becoming a head coach, where he has built a 47-31 record at two schools which unlike Sweetwater had no winning tradition to fall back on. Slaughter said he plans to start here March 2, and also plans to bring at least two coaches with him later this spring.
"My wife is from Wall and I'm from Winters," he said. "We wanted to be in West Texas and with good kids to work with."
He then pointed to all the flags which fly at every game to represent the great teams who have played at the Bowl. "All these flagpoles, all the tradition," he said.
"I don't see how there could be a much better program than his one. There's such community support here.
"Clyde and Hearne were my opportunity to build programs. I'm looking forward to coming to an established program. I've helped build a couple of programs, and now I'm looking forward to taking this one a little further."
Slaughter was 24-19 at Hearne in four years, taking a school that was just 24-85 in the previous 11 years to back-to-back winning seasons. He had even more success at Clyde, which was 11-2 this past year and 23-12 in the past three. Prior to his arrival, Clyde was just 27-63 over a nine-year period. But the man he replaces at Sweetwater will be a tough act to follow. Kent Jackson was 78-26 the past eight years with eight playoff appearances, and the team was 10-3 this past season while advancing to the Class 3A, Division II regional semifinals.
But Slaughter had success coaching against his predecessor, as Clyde defeated Sweetwater 15-8 two years ago en route to a second-place finish in District 7-3A, which at the time also included Wylie, Breckenridge and Comanche.
Under Slaughter, Clyde ended a 10-year playoff drought in 1996, his first season there, and also made the playoffs in 2007 and 2008, dropping back to Class 2A in '08 after UIL realignment.
This past year, Clyde captured its first outright district title in 53 years and defeated Cisco, a member of the district which was ranked No. 1 in the state at the time and later advanced all the way to the Class 2A state championship game. Clyde also made one of its longest playoff runs ever, posting shutout wins over Bowie (12-0) and Jim Ned (35-0) in the first two rounds before losing to Muleshoe 42-7 in the Class 2A regional semifinals.
Slaughter was one of two finalists for the Sweetwater job along with Chip Mayfield, who currently serves as head coach at Austin Del Valle. A total of over 100 candidates applied for the position during a three-week period, a list that was eventually cut to eight earlier this month until only Slaughter and Mayfield were called back for final interviews.
Slaughter said he plans to open up Sweetwater's offense, known under Jackson for its heavy reliance on a Wishbone-style running attack while rarely throwing the ball. But it's unlikely that the Mustangs will start going to the air as often as Texas Tech has during the Mike Leach era. At Clyde, the Bulldogs last year averaged 180 yards rushing and 130 yards passing.
"We're definitely going to open it up and give more of the kids a chance to catch the ball," Slaughter said. "But we're not going to throw it 45 times. We'll be more balanced."
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Re: 2009 - Welcome Coach Slaughter

Post  Kevin on Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:09 pm

I think the greatest thing I saw in this article was the "Opening up" of the offense
Being so close to Zach last year and knowing what he alone was capable of not to mention what Jeremy and Jake can do we still have the second 2 and I bet we have some good kids coming up plus we lost alot of beef on the O line we're going to have to find something that works. Looks to be a rebuilding year but I have high hopes.

oh by the way I will be posting pictures of the new entrance to the bowl that is almost completed soon. LOOKS amazing. and they changed that old grey railing to a black one that in itself looks great. it's now hours away from august and I am getting excited. Mustangs I may not make it to every game but I am going to do what I can.
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Post  A Horse With No Name on Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:24 pm

New faces on Mustang staff
Written by Brian McCormack
Friday, 31 July 2009 Sweetwater Reporter

Several new coaches will be on the sidelines for the 2009-10 Sweetwater Mustang varsity football program. Shown (from left) are Chance Evans, Jake Freeman, Jarrett Vickers, Craig Slaughter (head coach), Bobby William, Clint Easley and Kelly Tobin.

- Sorry, the picture did not come out. I wish each of you the best of luck this year. Thank you for being here. I know the players will do whatever it takes to become champions as they are aware that they are walking in the footsteps of great tradition.
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Re: 2009 - Welcome Coach Slaughter

Post  Kevin on Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:47 pm




Click the pictures and skip the advertisement for larger view

sorry about the watermark I have to do that to everything now cause a local graphic design place is using my logo designs to put on their t-shirts

When football season rolls around I bet we see a few of these in white on red shirts
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