Do we have other birthdays out there today??? A great American and a great high school football and baseball coach was born on this day in 1931 and we say Happy Birthday Coach Bill Slayton and Happy Birthday America, here on the Fourth of July…..
Bill Slayton always was ‘The Man’ and he still is ‘The Man’ today…..1931 to 2012 and he is still going strong, along with his wife Darcy, as they reside just outside Greensboro, on McConnell Road….
Bill Slayton was ‘The Man’ at Southeeat Guilford High School for many, many years…..His baseball team won the State Championship back in 1969 and his football team was runner-up to the State Champions during that same time frame…..Word has it that the man they call ‘Coach’, didn’t leave Southeast Guilford on all that good of terms and that one of the members of the Guilford County Board of Education may have wanted him gone from SEG and this was the cause for his departure, as he left the “Falcons’ Nest” in the late 1970’s/early 80’s and he landed at Eastern Guilford High School and became a part of the football staff for the EG Wildcats and worked along-side their head coach Tommy Grayson….One of Coach Slayton’s main roles at Eastern, was that of the head golf coach…..Bill Slayton ooaching golf seems like a real waste of time and talent….
That man could still be coaching football today….That is what is in his blood….His blood-lines run real, real deep, with names like Ernie Woods and Don Caldwell….Coach Slayton put Southeast Guilford football on the map….If there ever was an 81-year that could still coach today, it is ‘The Man’, Bill Slayton….This man could help jump start your football program….Today so many of our staffs are made up of coaches that are all yell, scream, shout and cuss you out…What does that accomplish??? Coach Bill Slayton was and is the kind of man/coach that will help your kids and level with them, about what level of play they are at and where they need to be and how they can get there…
So many of us these days think we know it all(self often included) and we need to stop and take time to listen to what leaders like Coach Bill Slayton have to say…..
Born in the USA, Bill Slayton, a man that still has a lot to give, if we will only take the time to listen to him…..Bill Slayton, still “The Man” and he can lead us all in the right direction…..
Happy Birthday today to a true American, Bill Slayton……81 and still getting it done…..
*****Note:Bill Slayton put Southeast Guilford High School Athletics on the map and he deserves to be in the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame, right along-side a young man he helped to get where he is today, Dino Hackett….Long live Coach Bill Slayton…..*****