The Tennessee Volunteers football staff was completed and primed to zero in
on spring practice with the hiring Wednesday of Larry Slade to serve as
Phillip Fulmer's defensive backfield coach.
The secondary coach at Texas A&M for the past five years, Slade will be in
charge of a Vols unit that returns all but one starter from last year's
national championship team.
"I am really excited about the addition of Larry Slade to our staff,"
Fulmer said. "He brings great experience to our staff with a background of
being in outstanding programs at Texas A&M and Washington. Larry also is a
really fine family man who is a good example for our young men."
Fulmer added, "In (running backs coach) Woody McCorvey and Larry Slade, we
were able to bring in top quality men for the vacancies on our staff. With
a highly capable staff in place, we are ready to begin organizing for the
start of spring practice."
Tennessee, whose 13-0 record in 1998 produced a national title and a second
straight Southeastern Conference crown, will begin spring drills March 24
and conclude with the Orange and White game April 24.
Slade, 47, is a native of Pecham, N.C., who was twice named All-West
Virginia while playing at Shepherd College in the early 1970s. He was named
Little All-America honorable mention in 1971 and later inducted into the
Shepherd College Hall of Fame. He received his degree in biology with a
minor in English.
His coaching career began at his alma mater with subsequent stops at
Richmond, Howard, Southern Illinois, Washington and Maryland. His six-year
stay as secondary coach was highlighted by a national championship season
in 1991, during which the Huskies ranked first in NCAA statistics for pass
Slade left Washington in 1992 to serve as defensive coordinator for
Maryland, a post he held for two seasons before moving to Texas A&M. His
1997 Aggies secondary gave up only three touchdowns by passing, tops in the
Slade signs on as UT defensive backfield coach
Published: Fri Feb 12, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:45 p.m.