A native of Ballinger and 1968 graduate of Angelo State College, Slaughter fashioned a successful 45-year career as a football coach and athletic director. He racked up a 206-107-1 record spread between six Texas high schools and is one of only 70 Texas coaches to post 200 career wins.
But he is beloved in San Angelo primarily for the years he coached football at Lake View High School from 1973-86, the last nine as head coach. He led the Chiefs to a 56-38 record, two district titles and their first-ever playoff win in 1979. He was inducted into the Lake View Athletic Hall of Fame this summer.
“My longest stay at any place was at Lake View,” Slaughter said. “I did a lot of growing up and maturing there. It was a great experience.”
Now, the ASU Alumni Association has also honored Slaughter, naming him ASU’s 2018 Golden Ex of the Year.
But it wasn’t always smooth sailing for the small-town Slaughter, who initially attended the University of Texas on a football scholarship in 1963, but returned home after one distracted semester in Austin. “Encouraged” by his dad to get his act together, he joined the ASC Rams football team when it was reinstated in 1964 after a four-year hiatus.
Slaughter played linebacker for the Rams from 1964-66, was a team captain all three years, and won the Nathan’s Award in 1964 and 1966. Not surprisingly, his favorite ASC memories are of coaches: Max Bumgardner, Paul Horne, Wade Turner and Phil George.
They (Rams coaches) took me under their wing.
“They took me under their wing,” Slaughter said. “They treated me like I was something special and they took care of me. Being around those guys really made it special.”
“I’m tremendously excited to be the Golden Ex,” he added. “It’s a great honor, and I really appreciate the people who nominated me.”