Willie Slater, an iconic figure in HBCU football with more than 100 wins and multiple SIAC and national coaching accolades earned with Tuskegee University’s Golden Tiger program, has been named as school’s new athletic director.
It will be Slater’s first turn in athletics administration over his 39-year career in college football, the last 11 of which have been at Tuskegee.
“I am excited to lead the athletics programs of one of the nation’s most historic institutions in the country, and I am extremely grateful to Dr. Morris and the Board of Trustees for this opportunity,” Slater said. “I am quite familiar with Tuskegee athletics, so I understand the expectation of excellence this position demands and I look forward to working with our coaches, students and administrators so that we can do something great here.”
From a release:
He is known widely for being the first head coach in school history to earn a bid in the NCAA Division II Playoffs, which occurred following the 2013 season. One season later, in 2014, the Golden Tigers made a historical run that reached the quarterfinals (the Super 2 Region championship game) against West Georgia. The team finished with a 10-3 record overall and second in the SIAC West Division. Under Slater’s guidance, the team has made a total of four playoff appearances.