Tuskegee football coach introduced as Athletic Director

Updated: Jul. 7, 2017 at 4:35 PM CDT
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TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) - Willie Slater has been the face of the Tuskegee Golden Tiger football program for the past 11 years.

Now his role is expanding!

Slater was introduced as Tuskegee's new Athletic Director Friday morning on campus.

"It's a tremendous honor. I like to do good. My greatest fear is failing. Don't want to fail. It's going to be a learning experience for me. I embrace it, and we are going to do the best we can possibly do," said Slater.

Slater said it is not about the job title for him, he's committed to helping the university.

"After talking with some people, I think it could be a good thing. We'll just have to see. I guess the proof is always in the pudding. I'm going to have help. There are going to be people that will help me. I know I can't do it by myself," Slater stated.

It will be double duty for Slater as he will continue to serve as head football coach for the Golden Tigers.

He is entering season 12 at Tuskegee and has racked up 101 wins with the program. He has led Skegee to six SIAC titles.

His early focus as AD will revolve around fundraising.

"Ultimately we want to improve in areas. Improve facilities. Help in resources, just a lot of different things, but it takes money to do that. I want to see the whole program be great. I want to be great as a football coach. I'm still learning how to be a head football coach, you know. So, I have a little more added stuff."

When asked about his Golden Tiger football team, Slater says he is excited about what this 2017 squad can do.

Tuskegee opens the football season Sept. 2 in Montgomery against rival Alabama State.

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