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VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT | POLE VAULTThomas Slagle joins the Texas Tech track and field staff as a volunteer assistant coach and will oversee the Texas Tech pole vaulters beginning with the 2013 season. Slagle, a veteran in the track and field coaching scene, brings a vast array of experience to the Texas Tech program.
A native of Lometa, Texas and graduate of Tarleton State, Slagle has spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at South Plains College where he also oversaw one of the top pole vaulting programs in the country.
As a veteran in the pole vault coaching ranks, Slagle helped guide South Plains to six women's national team championships and five men's national team championships. In 2012, he oversaw K'don Samuels who broke the Jamaican national record on his way to capturing the 2012 outdoor NAIA national championship in the pole vault.
Slagle was also key in guiding Kelsey Wilson to two NJCAA national championships during the 2009 indoor and outdoor seasons.
During his tenure at South Plains, Slagle coached a total of six men's national qualifiers and four women's national qualifiers in the pole vault.
Slagle also found success at the high school level where he gained head coaching experience and led teams to 12 district championships and two regional championships. In the pole vault alone he oversaw 12 state qualifiers and two state champions.