According to sources on the school’s coaching search committee, Red Bank High School will name E.K. Slaughter as its new head football coach today.
Slaughter will replace Tim Daniels, who resigned last month after 10 successful seasons.
Slaughter, who becomes only the third head coach at Red Bank since 1972, was Daniels’ offensive coordinator for three years at Red Bank before taking over the Soddy-Daisy program in 2008. He led the Trojans to an eight-win season, before leaving to become head coach at Cleveland High. In his three years at Cleveland, Slaughter compiled a 14-18 overall record before resigning in November.
“The first thing that comes to my mind is its great to go back home,” Slaughter said. “I grew up in Red Bank, my family still lives there, so it’s got a special place in my heart. It’s where I got my start and worked under a great mentor and some of my best coaching years were there. It’s where I plan on staying until I retire.”
Daniels led the Lions to eight consecutive playoff appearances, four region and one district title and a pair of unbeaten regular seasons. When he resigned last month, Daniels did not rule out joining a staff as an assistant and Slaughter said while he thinks his mentor plans to take a year off, he would discuss having him remain on staff.
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