Former TRM assistant gets coordinator job with Temple

Published 9:23 pm Wednesday, March 16, 2005

By Staff
For T.R. Miller assistant football coach Willie Slater has been named as offensive coordinator for the Temple Owls.
Slater joined Temple in 2004 as a wide receivers coach and the Owls responded with 2,428 passing yards, fourth most in school history.
Prior to his arrival at Temple, Slater served as offensive coordinator at Jacksonville State from 2000-2003 and offensive coordinator at North Alabama from 1992-1999. Slater was part of national championship teams in 1993, 1994 and 1995 at UNA and was named the Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year in each of those seasons.
Slater also spent eight seasons, 1983-1990, as an assistant coach at Troy State University where he had stints as running backs and quarterbacks coach as well as offensive coordinator.
Slater jumped into the collegiate ranks after spending the 1981 and 1982 seasons at T.R. Miller under then Tigers head coach Mike Sasser. Slater was a wide receivers/ defensive backs coach during his stint in Brewton.
Slater came to T.R. Miller after a coaching stint at Jess Lanier High School and as a graduate assistant coach at his college alma mater of West Alabama (then called Livingston College).
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The T.R. Miller Lady Tigers softball team has been tabbed as the Class 3A Area 1 Tournament host for the second year in a row.
Unlike last year, this year's event is expected to be spread out over two days, most likely May 6-7.
Work on 2006 high school football schedules has been put on hold by the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
The AHSAA has usually announced its enrollment classification and two-year region alignment in the spring, but state officials have indicated they will not release that information until around Christmas.
Five special awards were presented at the W.S. Neal Blue Eagles basketball banquet.
Cecil Thomas received the High Scorer Award, B.J. McMillian got the Assists Award, Jared Cooper got the Rebounds Award, Ronald Travis received the Hustle Award and both Ron Dexter and Drew Hester were honored with the Senior Leadership Award.