Steve Sloan


Steve Sloan

College coach infobox
Name = Steve Sloan



Caption =
DateOfBirth = City-state|Cleveland|Tennessee
Birthplace =
DateOfDeath =
Sport = Football
College = University of Alabama
Title = Head coach
Player = Y
Years = 1962–1964
Team = Alabama
Position = Quarterback
CurrentRecord =
OverallRecord = 68–86–3
Awards = 1965 Sammy Baugh Award
1974 SEC Coach of the Year
Championships = 1976 Southwest Conference Championship [Title shared with Houston Cougars.]
CFbDWID = 2165
Coach = Y
CoachYears = 1971
1972
1973–1974
1975–1977
1978–1982
1983–1986
CoachTeams = Florida State (O.C.)
Georgia Tech (O.C.)
Vanderbilt
Texas Tech
Mississippi
Duke
FootballHOF =

Steve Sloan (born in City-state|Cleveland|Tennessee) is a former All-American collegiate quarterback, head coach, and athletics administrator. He served as the head coach for Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, and Duke football programs between 1973–1986. He also served as the athletic director for Alabama, North Texas, Central Florida, and UT-Chattanooga before his retirement from football in 2006. [cite web| url=http://media.www.utcecho.com/media/storage/paper483/news/2006/02/09/News/Athletic.Director.Retires-1606432.shtml| title=Athletic director retires| publisher=The University Echo Online| date=2006-02-09| accessdate=2008-09-20]

In 2000, he was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.cite web| url=http://vucommodores.cstv.com/ot/history-corner-092006.html| title=The Commodore history corner| publisher=Vanderbilt University| author=Traughber, Bill| date=2006-09-20| accessdate=2008-09-20]

Playing career

Sloan played college football for the University of Alabama under legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant between 1962–1964.

He arrived in Tuscaloosa in 1962, though was not eligible to play with the varsity team due to NCAA rules at the time. In his freshman season, Sloan was a backup to quarterback Joe Namath, but played in most games at defensive back or quarterback. The Crimson Tide went 10–1 in the 1962 season, which included a 17–0 victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, [cite journal| title=Tide Trounces Oklahoma In Orange Bowl, 17 to 0| publisher="New York Times"| date=1963-01-02] though finished the season ranked #5 in the country.

Sloan was the main quarterback in his junior season as Joe Namath was injured. The team would finish 10–1, including a Southeastern Conference title and national championship. However, in the 1964 Orange Bowl versus Texas, Sloan would be forced out of the game with injury. Namath would come off the bench to win MVP honors despite losing 21–17. [cite journal| title=NO. 1 TEAM HALTED ON ONE-FOOT LINE; Koy Scores Twice, Once on 79-Yard Dash -- Namath Is Brilliant in Defeat| publisher="New York Times"| date=1965-01-02]

Following the departure of Namath to the American Football League, Sloan was the lone quarterback for the 1965 season, which included another SEC and national championship. The team finished 9–1–1, including a 39–28 victory over Nebraska in the 1965 Orange Bowl.

Coaching career

As a head football coach, Sloan went to several programs. In 1971, Sloan received his first coaching job as an offensive coordinator for the Florida States Seminoles.cite journal| title=Sloan: taking the long road back to Alabama?| url=http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=QekLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ylkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4947,4325857| author=Holliman, Steve| publisher="St. Petersburg Times"| date=1977-12-21| pages=C1] The following year, he moved to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for the same position.

In 1973, he received his first job as a head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores. [cite journal| title=Vanderbilt names Sloan head coach| publisher="The Washington Post"| date=1973-02-15| pages=H4] In his first season, Vanderbilt finished at 5–6, including a 1–6 record in conference play. During his second season, however, Vanderbilt finished at 7–3–1; therefore, qualifying for a post-season bowl berth. The team was placed in the Peach Bowl against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. [cite journal| title=Vanderbilt is named to play in Peach Bowl| publisher="Los Angeles Times"| date=1974-11-08| pages=D3] The two teams played to a 6–6 tie in the game. [cite journal| title=Vandy's defense stiffens for tie in Peach Bowl| publisher="Chicago Tribune"| date=1974-12-29| pages=B9]

The Texas Tech University athletic department offered Sloan a head coaching position with their program in January 1975. Though Sloan originally declined, [cite journal| title=Texas Tech may name Sloan as new coach| url=http://newspapers.umsystem.edu/default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?BaseHRef=CMN/1975/01/01&EntityId=Ar00706&Skin=Google&ViewMode=GIF| publisher="Columbia Missourian"| date=1975-01-01] cite journal| title=Sloan eyes Texas Tech offer| url=http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=BtkNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=f3kDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3327,223338| publisher="St. Petersburg Times"| date=1975-01-01 |pages=C2] he would take the job on January 2, 1975. [cite journal| title=Sloan changes mind, accepts coaching job at Texas Tech| url=http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=B9kNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=f3kDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6858,962389| publisher="St. Petersburg Times"| date=1976-01-02 |pages=C2] Texas Tech was believed to have offered him $30,000 per year contract, as well as $11,000 from television show income. He took five of his assistant coaches with him to the Red Raiders program, including defensive coordinator Bill Parcells. [cite journal| title=Football coaches on the move| url=http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8uMNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gnkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4023,4665081| publisher="St. Petersburg Times"| date=1975-01-14| pages=C2] In his three seasons with Texas Tech, Sloan compiled a 23–12 record.

In late 1977, Sloan received his third head coaching job with the Ole Miss Rebels football program. [cite journal| title=Sloan leaves Texas Tech for Ole Miss| publisher="The Washington Post"| date=1977-12-02] Sloan was head coach for five seasons at the program, winning twenty games while losing 34, and tying one. His best season came in 1978 as the Rebels finished at 5–6.

In December 1982, Sloan again left to become the head coach for the Duke Blue Devils football program. [cite journal| title=Bear retires from Alabama sidelines| url=http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=FOYOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=aYMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6517,224786| publisher="Deseret News"| date=1982-12-16| pages=2D| quote=... who just left the University of Mississippi for the head coaching job at Duke.] In his first season at Duke, Sloan led the Blue Devils to a 3–8 record, despite beginning the season 0–7. [cite web| url=http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/coaching/alltime_coach_game_by_game.php?coachid=2165&year=1983| title=Coaching Records Game by Game: 1983| publisher=College Football DataWarehouse| accessdate=2008-09-20] In his remaining three seasons, he compiled a 10–23 record before resigning. Steve Spurrier was named his successor. [cite journal| title=Spurrier takes over for Sloan at Duke| date=1987-01-23| publisher="San Jose Mercury News"]

References

Further reading

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External links

* [http://tshf.net/inductees/s-sloan.html Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame profile]


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