Slatter resigns as St. Joseph football coach

  • Donnie Slatter AT-A-GLANCE

  • Two years head football coach at St. Joseph; 5-16 record overall, 1 playoff appearance

Donnie Slatter has resigned his position as St. Joseph's football coach and athletic director to take a position at Waller as a defensive assistant and head boys track and field coach.

The Waller school board approved Slatter's hiring on Monday night.

"I just felt like it was a good move for my family right now to get down there," Slatter said. "Waller's a great town with a great school district and it's a great place to raise kids as well."

Slatter will be reunited with current Waller and former Wharton head coach Brad Wright.

Slatter was an assistant on Wright's staffs from 1997 to 1999 in Karnes City and again from 2000 to 2005 at New Braunfels Canyon.

Slatter was hired in June of 2010 to replace long-time head coach John Mares at St. Joseph.

He went 5-16 overall with a district record of 3-9 and one playoff appearance in two years as Flyers head coach.

"I wish the wins and losses would have been better on the football end of it, but I enjoyed my time there," Slatter said. "I loved the kids, St. Joseph's administration, the teachers and the staff did an incredible job with the kids."

St. Joseph president Bill McArdle said Slatter came in during a time when the Flyers were being reclassified into a more populous division while the school itself experienced a population drop.

McArdle said the population of the school dropped from around 405 to 415 in 2009 to 340 in 2010, St. Joseph's first year in Division I.

"Football as a sport is one where your level of success revolves a lot more around enrollment than some of the other sports because of the depth required to play a high level of football," McArdle said.

St. Joseph football will be moving down a division in TAPPS football, to Division II next year. The school spent both of Slatter's seasons at the helm at the larger classification, and were the smallest school in it.

This will be Slatter's seventh coaching stop since he began his coaching career in 1992.

Since beginning his career in Edna, he's also made stops in Hallettsville, Karnes City and Yorktown prior to coming to St. Joseph.

Waller will compete in District 18-4A next season against Brenham, Bryan Rudder, Caney Creek, Huntsville, Magnolia, Magnolia West, Montgomery and Willis.

Wright chose not to comment on Slatter's hiring on Tuesday night, remarking paperwork was still pending for the hire.