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Larry Slade
Larry Slade

Dir. of Community Relations and Career Preparations

5th season


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Larry Slade has been named the Director of Community Relations and Career Preparations at the University of Louisville and begins his fifth season with the Cardinals.

Slade will handle all aspects of community relations for the Cardinals' football program, getting student-athletes to assist with different community events and charity functions. He will also work with the players on life after football, including resume building, cover letter and interviewing skills.

Slade spent three seasons as the secondary coach at Louisville, including two on head coach Charlie Strong's staff.

Slade was the lone holdover from the 2009 Louisville staff under Steve Kragthorpe. Slade came to the Cardinals after 10 seasons at the University of Tennessee in the defensive backfield, and is known for turning out some of the nation's best secondary units.

Working with a young secondary that featured two freshmen, Slade oversaw a unit that showed consistent improvement each game. He coached first team All-BIG EAST cornerback Adrian Bushell, who was one of the most dynamic players in the league.

He also tutored safety Hakeem Smith, who also garnered first team All-League honors. Slade's coaching brilliance was evident in 2010 when guided safety Smith to an outstanding first year. Smith was a second team All-BIG EAST selection, but was also tabbed the league's Rookie of the Year and earned numerous Freshman All-America honors.

Despite a 5-7 record by the Volunteers in 2008, Slade was instrumental in leading one of the nation's top defensive units. The Volunteers were ranked fourth in the country in pass defense and tied for the third in the country in total defense.

Slade coached All-America defensive back Eric Berry, who was recognized by five All-America outlets -- American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press and Sporting News -- becoming the first Tennessee player to claim unanimous mention since offensive lineman Antone Davis in 1990.

Slade's 2000 and 2001 secondary units, aided and abetted by the rest of the defense, established school season records with 64 and 72 passes broken up, respectively. It continued a pattern of success that Slade has enjoyed in his 36 years in the coaching profession.

Before coming to Tennessee, Slade spent five seasons at Texas A&M from 1994-98. His 1997 unit allowed a nation's best three passing touchdowns.

Prior to joining the staff at A&M, Slade spent two seasons at Maryland as the defensive coordinator from 1992-93. Slade also spent six seasons at Washington from 1986-91, which was highlighted by a national championship in 1991, during which the Huskies ranked first in NCAA statistics for pass efficiency defense. Slade also enjoyed stops at Southern Illinois (1984-85), Howard (1983), Richmond (1982) and his alma mater Shepherd (1973-81).

Slade, a native of Pelham, N.C., who twice was named All-West Virginia while playing guard at Shepherd in the early 1970s. He was named Little All-America honorable mention in 1971 and later inducted into the Shepherd College Hall of Fame. He received his degree in biology with a minor in English.

Married to the former Izetta Willingham, Slade has three children, Herbie, Roshawn and Lyndsey.

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