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Head Coach Willie Slater

Willie Slater enters his 13th season as the head coach of Tuskegee University after leading his team to the 2017 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Football Championship last fall. 
 
Going into the 2018 season, Slater has 40 years of coaching experience which include 34 years at the collegiate level. Over half of those years – 18 – were spent as an offensive coordinator at multiple levels
 
During his time at Tuskegee, Slater has recorded a record of 110-29, which ranks him second all-time in wins at the university. Last season he passed Rick Comegy placing him behind Cleve Abbott (202 victories). He is currently the leader in winning percentage for a career at the school, with a percentage of .789. During his tenure, Slater has coached 59 SIAC All-Conference selections, and numerous All-Americans.
 
Slater and the Golden Tigers have claimed seven conference championships since 2006, including a string of four consecutive from 2006 until 2009. He also helped the lead the Golden Tigers to their eighth HBCU national championship in 2007 with a 12-0 record. Tuskegee has recorded nine wins in eight of Slater’s first 10 seasons at the helm, and have recorded a winning season in nine of the 10 seasons under his direction.
 
Slater was named The Pigskin Club of Washington, DC and the Sheridan Broadcasting Network National Coach of the Year in 2007, a year in which he led Tuskegee to a perfect 12-0 record and the HBCU title. Additionally, Slater has been tabbed as the SIAC Coach of the Year five times (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014).
 
In 2014, the Golden Tigers made a historical run that reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs (the Super 2 Region championship game) against West Georgia. The team finished with a 10-3 record overall, finishing second in the SIAC West Division. Since that time, TU has made four straight playoff appearances.
 
In 2015, Tuskegee Slater had one of the best defenses in the country as they ranked at the top or near the top in every statisical category. The team also led the SIAC in scoring offense and scoring defense, and led the nation in defensive touchdowns.
 
A five-time NCAA Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year, Slater has five NCAA Division II national championships on his resume. He joined the Tuskegee staff as the head coach after serving as the offensive coordinator at Temple University (FBS member) in 2005 under Bobby Wallace.
 
His first stop as a full-time collegiate coach came Troy University (1983-90), where he served as the running backs under Chan Gailey (1983-84). In total, he spent eight seasons with the Trojans, also working as the quarterbacks and running backs coach under Rick Rhoades (1985-87) and as the offensive coordinator for Robert Maddox (1988-90). The Trojans went to the NCAA Division II playoffs three times with Slater on staff, winning the NCAA Division II national championship in 1984 and 1987. He was named the NCAA Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year in both of the title campaigns for Troy.
 
Following his stint at Troy, Slater moved on to a stint at his alma mater – the University of West Alabama (1991-92).
 
After his stay at West Alabama, Slater moved to the perennial NCAA Division II power – the University of North Alabama (1992-99), which included six seasons as the offensive coordinator under Wallace. During his stay in Florence, the Lions qualified for the