published Monday, November 7th, 2011

Cleveland High School football coach E.K. Slaughter resigns

In this file photo, Cleveland High School's head coach E.K. Slaughter watches his team while playing against Central during the first half at Benny Monroe Stadium in Cleveland, Tenn.
In this file photo, Cleveland High School's head coach E.K. Slaughter watches his team while playing against Central during the first half at Benny Monroe Stadium in Cleveland, Tenn.
Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Cleveland High School football coach E.K. Slaughter turned in his resignation Monday morning, stepping down after three seasons.

“I just decided it was in the best interest of Cleveland’s football program and myself and my family that I make this move now,” Slaughter said. “I don’t regret my decision to come to Cleveland. I’m a better person for my time there because of the people I was able to work with and be around.

“God has great plans for Cleveland High School and great plans for me and we’ll see what those are now.”

In three seasons with the Blue Raiders, Slaughter compiled a 14-18 overall record. Cleveland went 5-5 this season, missing the playoffs.

Slaughter was the offensive coordinator at Red Bank then took over at Soddy-Daisy, leading that program to an eight-win season in 2008, which was that programs’ first winning record in four years. After just one year as the Trojans’ head coach, Slaughter was named Cleveland’s coach in the spring of 2009.

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers ...

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