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R.C. Slocum to Receive 2014 Amos Alonzo Stagg Award

November 20, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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WACO, Texas — Former Texas A&M University head coach R.C. Slocum has been named the 2014 recipient of the AFCA’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Award. The award, which honors those “whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football,” will be presented to Slocum at the AFCA Awards Luncheon on January 14 during the 2014 AFCA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Previous honorees with Texas A&M connections include legendary coaches D.X. Bible, Paul “Bear” Bryant as well as longtime Cotton Bowl executive director and 1930 Aggie graduate Field Scovell.

Slocum retired following the 2002 season with an impressive record of 123-47-2 over the course of 14 years at Texas A&M, making him the winningest coach in Texas A&M’s history. He also had assistant coaching stints at Kansas State and USC, as well. No team at Texas A&M that Slocum led ever experienced a losing season, and the Aggies won three bowl games in that time. Texas A&M made it to 10 bowl games under Slocum and won the Southwest Conference title three times and the Big 12 title once to go along with two Big 12 South titles.

“I’m so honored because of what the name ‘Amos Alonzo Stagg’ has meant to the coaching profession,” said Slocum. “It’s humbling to be recognized with all the great coaches who have won the award before me.”

Born on November 7, 1944, Slocum was born in Oakdale, La., and grew up in Orange, Texas, where he was an All-District player at Stark High School. Slocum went on to play at McNeese State in Lake Charles, La., as a tight end and defensive lineman. While there, he set receiving records and was a four-year letterman as a Cowboy. After receiving his undergraduate degree and master’s in Education Administration, Slocum went on to coach at Lake Charles (La.) High School in 1968 and 1969. From there, he moved onto Kansas State University, where he was an assistant for the 1970-1971 seasons under Vince Gibson. It was in 1972 when Slocum found himself at the university that would define his career. Under Emory Bellard, and later Tom Wilson, Slocum worked at a variety of positions at Texas A&M, starting as a receivers coach before being moved to the other side of the ball as a defensive ends coach. After a brief stint as the linebackers coach for the Aggies, Slocum was the defensive coordinator for the 1979-1980 seasons. In 1981, he was hired on as defensive coordinator at USC, where his defense led the Pac-10. After his one season with the Trojans, Slocum returned to Texas A&M as the defensive coordinator from 1982-1988 under Jackie Sherrill. Slocum was named head coach of the Aggies in 1989, where he quickly had the team firing on all cylinders. 

With Slocum at the reins, the Texas A&M Aggies enjoyed some of their most successful seasons in decades, culminating in three straight Southwest Conference titles in 1991 through 1993. It was Slocum’s famous “Wrecking Crew” defense that led the way for the Aggies through this time, leading the Southwest Conference in four defensive statistical categories and led the nation in total defense in 1991. To go along with the three straight conference titles, Slocum’s Aggies also had one of the greatest league winning streaks, winning 22 straight games and going 28-0-1 from 1991-94. After guiding the Aggies through the transition period between the Southwest Conference and the newly created Big 12 Conference, Slocum racked up one last conference championship, defeating the top-ranked and favored undefeated Kansas State Wildcats in 1998 and obtaining the conference’s Sugar Bowl berth. Slocum stepped down from coaching after the 2002 season and immediately stepped into the role of an advisor for the university that he had put so much into.

Players under Slocum achieved plenty of success in their college careers, as 14 players earned First Team All-America honors, including Bednarik and Lombardi Award winning linebacker Dat Nguyen in 1998. 

He helped even more players find success at the next level, as 50 different Aggies moved on from their time at College Station to play in professional leagues. 

Upon Slocum’s retirement, he has worked as a special advisor and assistant to Texas A&M’s presidents, most recently R. Bowen Loftin. 

Since retiring from coaching, Slocum has done a multitude of charitable work, serving as the chairman of two organizations: the Children’s Miracle Network in Central Texas and the Cattle Barron’s Association, which raises scholarship money for young people in ranching. He has also helped with other organizations, such as the Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo and the Special Olympics.

Slocum spent time as a Trustee for the American Football Coaches Association and currently serves as President for the American Football Coaches Foundation. He has been inducted into several Halls of Fame, including the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, the Texas A&M University Athletics Hall of Fame and, most recently, the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

The Award

The Amos Alonzo Stagg Award is given to the “individual, group or institution whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football.” Its purpose is “to perpetuate the example and influence of Amos Alonzo Stagg.”

The award is named in honor of a man who was instrumental in founding the AFCA in the 1920s. He is considered one of the great innovators and motivating forces in the early development of the game of football. The plaque given to each recipient is a replica of the one given to Stagg at the 1939 AFCA Convention in tribute to his 50 years of service to football.

Amos Alonzo Stagg

Amos Alonzo Stagg began his coaching career at the School of Christian Workers, now Springfield (Mass.) College, after graduating from Yale University in 1888.

Stagg also served as head coach at Chicago (1892-1932) and College of the Pacific (1933-1946). His 41 seasons at Chicago is one of the longest head coaching tenures in the history of the college game. 

Among the innovations credited to Stagg are the tackling dummy, the huddle, the reverse play, man in motion, knit pants, numbering plays and players, and the awarding of letters. 

A long-time AFCA member, Stagg was the Association’s 1943 Coach of the Year.

According to NCAA records, Stagg’s 57-year record as a college head coach is 314-199-35. He was 84 years old when he ended his coaching career at Pacific in 1946. He died in 1965 at the age of 103.

Past Amos Alonzo Stagg Award Winners

1940        Donald Herring, Jr., (Princeton player) and family 

1941        William H. Cowell (posthumously), New Hampshire 

1946        Grantland Rice, sportswriter 

1947        William A. Alexander, Georgia Tech 

1948        Gilmour Dobie, North Dakota State, Washington, Navy, Cornell, Boston College 

                Glenn S. “Pop” Warner, Georgia, Cornell, Carlisle, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Temple 

                Robert C. Zuppke, Illinois 

1949        Richard C. Harlow, Penn State, Colgate, Western Maryland, Harvard 

1950        No award given 

1951        DeOrmond “Tuss” McLaughry, Westminster, Amherst, Brown, Dartmouth 

1952        A.N. “Bo” McMillin, Indiana 

1953        Lou Little, Georgetown, Columbia 

1954        Dana X. Bible, Mississippi College, LSU, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Texas 

1955        Joseph J. Tomlin, founder, Pop Warner Football 

1956        No award given 

1957        Gen. Robert R. Neyland, Tennessee 

1958        Bernie Bierman, Mississippi A&M, Tulane, Minnesota 

1959        Dr. John W. Wilce, Ohio State 

1960        Harvey J. Harman, Haverford, University of the South, Pennsylvania, Rutgers 

1961        Ray Eliot, Illinois 

1962        E.E. “Tad” Wieman, Michigan, Princeton, Maine 

1963        Andrew Kerr, Stanford, Washington & Jefferson, Colgate, Lebanon Valley 

1964        Don Faurot, Missouri 

1965        Harry Stuhldreher, Wisconsin 

1966        Bernie H. Moore, LSU 

1967        Jess Neely, Southwestern, Clemson, Rice 

1968        Abe Martin, TCU 

1969        Charles A. “Rip” Engle, Brown, Penn State 

1970        Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf, Syracuse, Oklahoma City, Kansas, Oklahoma A&M, Kansas State, Northwestern, California 

1971        Bill Murray, Delaware, Duke 

1972        Jack Curtice, Stanford 

1973        Lloyd Jordan, Amherst, Harvard 

1974        Alonzo S. “Jake” Gaither, Florida A&M 

1975        Gerald B. Zornow, business executive 

1976        No award given 

1977        Floyd “Ben” Schwartzwalder, Muhlenberg, Syracuse 

1978        Tom Hamilton, Navy, Pittsburgh 

1979        H.O. “Fritz” Crisler, Minnesota, Princeton, Michigan 

1980        No award given 

1981        Fred Russell, sportswriter 

1982        Eddie Robinson, Grambling 

1983        Paul W. “Bear” Bryant, Maryland, Kentucky,Texas A&M, Alabama 

1984        Charles B. “Bud” Wilkinson, Oklahoma 

1985        Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State 

1986        Woody Hayes, Denison, Miami (Ohio), Ohio State 

1987        Field Scovell, Cotton Bowl 

1988        G. Herbert McCracken, Allegheny, Lafayette 

1989        David Nelson, Delaware 

1990        Len Casanova, Oregon

1991        Bob Blackman, Denver, Dartmouth, Illinois, Cornell

1992        Charles McClendon, LSU

1993        Keith Jackson, ABC-TV

1994        Bob Devaney, Nebraska, Wyoming

1995        John Merritt, Jackson State, Tennessee State

1996        Chuck Neinas, College Football Association

1997        Ara Parseghian, Miami (Ohio), Northwestern, Notre Dame

1998        Bob Reade, Augustana (Ill.)

1999        Bo Schembechler, Miami (Ohio), Michigan

2000        Tom Osborne, Nebraska

2001        Vince Dooley, Georgia

2002        Joe Paterno, Penn State

2003        LaVell Edwards, Brigham Young

2004        Ron Schipper, Central (Iowa)

2005        Hayden Fry, North Texas, SMU, Iowa

2006        Grant Teaff, McMurry, Angelo State, Baylor

2007        Bill Curry, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Kentucky

2008        Bill Walsh, San Francisco 49ers, Stanford

2009        John Gagliardi, Carroll (Mont.), St. John’s (Minn.)

2010        Darrell Royal, Mississippi State, Washington, Texas

2011        Bobby Bowden, Samford, West Virginia, Florida State

2012        Fisher DeBerry, U.S. Air Force Academy

2013        Frosty Westering, Parsons, Lea College, Pacific Lutheran

 

For more information on the AFCA and its programs, log on to the AFCA’s website at www.afca.com.

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