With 16 years of experience coaching the Red Raiders -- the most of any coach on the football staff -- the name "Dean" serves the Texas Tech defensive tackles coach well. Dean Slayton has been a mainstay on the Tech staff working with the defensive lineman since accompanying former head coach Jerry Moore from North Texas State to Lubbock in 1981.
Slayton, who graduated in 1954 from Carlisle High School in Price, Texas, handles a variety of organizational duties for the team, thus earning the nickname "Sarge." He played two years at Tyler Junior College before moving on to Tulsa, where he became a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference pick.
A 1958 graduate of Tulsa, Slayton stayed on at his alma mater as a graduate assistant coach in 1959. He earned his first full-time collegiate assignment as an assistant football coach at Texas-El Paso (1963).
Slayton later worked as an assistant coach at Howard Payne for three years (1969-71) before being named head coach in 1972. He was Howard Payne's head coach for seven seasons (1972-78) and also served as athletic director for four years. Slayton joined Moore's staff at North Texas State for two seasons beginning in 1979. Slayton also worked as a high school assistant coach for nine years in programs at Duncan (Okla.), Sherman, Jacksonville, Bridge City, Cisco and McKinney.
Slayton and his wife Peggy have seven grown children and six granddaughters.
EDUCATION: Carlisle High School, 1954; Tulsa University, 1958; Master's, North Texas State University, 1968
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Tyler Junior College, 1954-55; Tulsa, 1956-57
COACHING CAREER: Tulsa, 1958; Duncan (Okla.) High School, 1959-60; Sherman High School, 1961; Jacksonville High School, 1962; Texas-El Paso, 1963; Bridge City High School, 1964; Cisco High School, 1965; McKinney High School, 1966-68; Howard Payne, 1969-78; North Texas State, 1979-80; Texas Tech, 1981-
CHILDREN: Seven children, six granddaughters