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VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT | POLE VAULTThomas Slagle joined the Texas Tech track and field staff as a volunteer assistant coach overseeing the 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.
Slagle coached Kyle Thompson (fourth) and Kyle Padalecki (sixth) to All-conference performances at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, and nearly had a third, as Kyal Meyers just missed the cut line, taking ninth. On the women's side, Slagle did get three outdoor All-Big 12 perofrmances as Haley Cook and Reece Timmons tied for fourth and Blake Wood took sixth.
At the Big 12 Indoor Championships, Slagle coached Meyers to a tie for second place in the pole vault, earning seven team points. On the women's side, Slagle's Red Raiders earned 4.5 team points and two more All-Big 12 honors, as Cook finished fifth and her teammate Blake Wood took eighth place.
In 2013, Slagle oversaw four athletes who scored at the Big 12 meet in the pole vault. Under his tutelage Kyal Meyers finished runner-up in the pole vault at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships where he cleared 5.19-meters (17'-feet 0.25-inches).
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.