Another interesting Glen Rose, Texas story. Here you have a coach who was originally from Stephenville, but was doing his job at Glen Rose High School. He applies for a job at Stephenville's High School in Erath County, and pending board approval was all set to take this job, which would pay a pretty penny. He apparently accepts but then suddenly changes his mind. Almost immediately Stephenville High School offers the high-paying job to somebody else (the replacement, Gillespie will make $83k per year)
On Feb 12, he says (in the FW Star-Telegram:
"It's a great job and a great opportunity," Slaughter said. "Stephenville is an important place to me. Being part of that program was special and I went to school at Tarleton State. I have a lot of fond memories of Stephenville and look forward to get back there."
And here, from the Old Coach
Slaughter, 40, currently fills both roles at Glen Rose, where he took the Tigers to the Class 3A, Division II quarterfinals last fall. He replaces Chad Morris, who resigned last week to become head football coach and campus athletics coordinator at 2007 4A-Division II champ Lake Travis.
"The opportunity to come back home is the most appealing thing for me," said Slaughter, "and to throw in the chance to be the head coach and athletics director at a great school like Stephenville is just about the most exciting thing I could ever imagine right now. I just can't wait to get to work. I'll go to work the day of the board meeting if they'll let me."
Also From the Old Coach - TODAY, the 13th.
In a shocking move, Erik Slaughter has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position of head football coach and director of athletics at Stephenville.
Stephenville Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd announced on Wednesday afternoon that Slaughter cited personal and family reasons, and a desire to finish what he started in Glen Rose.
"Stephenville is a great place, and this job is something I've dreamed about. Everything I've said about Stephenville is true, and you can bet I want to see the Yellow Jackets succeed," Slaughter said following the announcement. "But my family is happy in Glen Rose, and the more I thought and prayed about it, the more I felt it is important to continue what we're doing here with our family first, and with the program second. I want to finish what I started.
"I want to apologize to the people of Stephenville and Glen Rose for everything that's gone on during the last three or four days," he continued. "No matter what decision was made, there was going to be people let down. I'm sorry for letting them down, and I'm sorry for any trouble I've caused."
Very abrupt. One wonders if the family, ie, wife, didn't put some real concerns on his working in Stephenville for some reason-it's not far to commute and I'm sure there are other teachers (and other professions) who live in Glen Rose but work in Stephenville.. and surely a raise in salary would have not been objectionable.
P.S. Got an anonymous tip that included an email sent out to the school and signed by his entire family. It appears his wife is also a teacher; wonder if she had had a job lined up in Stephenville as well?
From: Eric Slaughter Wednesday - February 13, 2008 12:57 PM
Subject: Erik, Shawn, Page and Bailey
What a week we have been through. I was offered the AD / Head Football Coaching position in Stephenville. That is a job that I have thought about for years. As we went through the process I wanted the job at Stephenville but we kept searching for reasons to leave Glen Rose. After the friendships we have developed, we could not come up with any reason to leave. We are happy. We love it here. We want to stay. I have talked to Mr. Ratan and asked if Shawn and I may remain in our positions at Glen Rose. He has agreed. We are proud to be from Glen Rose.
Erik, Shawn, Page and Bailey
P.P.S. Also heard an not so savory rumour about another reason why this job was turned down so abruptly. If it is true, then the Someone in fhe Family that Has Prayer Sessions at School is a Big Hypocrite.
Update: Here's some more from today. He's apparently been put on administrative leave from GRISD.