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St. Joseph hires AD, football coach

By Stephen Herzog -
June 18, 2010 at 1:18 a.m.

Mexico's Francisco Javier Rodriguez, left, celebrates with his teammates, including Mexico goalkeeper Oscar Perez, right, during the World Cup match between France and Mexico on Thursday.

St. Joseph announced Thursday the hiring of Donnie Slatter to be the team's athletic director and head football coach.

Slatter comes to St. Joseph after working on the staff at New Braunfels Canyon for the past 10 years.

It's somewhat of a homecoming for Slatter, who grew up in Edna, and coached there for three years after graduating from Texas A&I in 1992.

"This is a great place and a wonderful school," Slatter said. "I researched it very carefully and and they have a great staff and a great tradition here."

Slatter said he knows of St. Joseph's success, and he was excited for the opportunity to become a part of it.

"I'm not going to make a lot of wholesale changes," he said. "Hopefully soon I'll get the chance to meet with coaches and staff. I want to make this transition as easy as possible."

The transition is important, as the school is working in a new AD and football coach late into the year.

Longtime AD/coach John Mares announced he was leaving St. Joseph in late May, and the school began the search right away and worked to whittle down more than 40 applicants, principal Tony Winstead said.

"We wanted someone with success and experience in as many sports as possible," Winstead said. "We wanted someone who could work well with us and coaches."

Winstead said they also wanted someone who understood the full responsibility of the position.

"We wanted an AD and coach who understands this is a Catholic high school, that we're faith based and a close-knit community," he said.

Even early in the hiring process, Winstead and St. Joseph President William McArdle knew Slatter fit that description.

"He's strong as a coach, but he's also a family man, and he's shown he believes in family values and the community," Winstead said. "We're confident he's someone who will be here for a length of time."

The school is excited about Slatter's experience with a variety of sports.

For the past seven years, Slatter has been the head soccer coach at Canyon, and he's had experience in a number of other sports including basketball and tennis.

"I can go out and watch a soccer game and actually know what's going on," Slatter said. "It's a bonus to have had that valuable experience."



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