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Llano track coach, offensive coordinator takes job at Claude


LLANO — A Llano High School coaching resignation means athletic director and head football coach Craig Slaughter has another duty.

Jarrett Vickers was named the head football coach and athletic director at Claude High School, which is near Amarillo. He was approved for hire Feb. 18.

Vickers was the boys and girls head track coach and offensive coordinator and receivers coach for the football team. Slaughter has named himself as the interim head track coach.

“I love track,” he said. “To be honest, for the past few years, (I stepped back) to let Vickers do his (track) job. You have to let others do their jobs.”

The good news, he said, is Llano has plenty of coaches to handle specific track-and-field duties such as coaching pole vaulters, throwers, hurdlers, distance runners and speedsters.

“I’ll be taking certain kids and doing block work,” he said. “When we start doing field events, I’ll help the jumpers.”

As for finding a replacement, Slaughter said he is still examining options but could promote from within.

“I’m going to take a little time,” he said. “But one day soon, I’ll have a decision.”

For Slaughter, Vickers’ departure is bittersweet. On the one hand, he was happy for his longtime assistant and best friend, noting Vickers was a student-teacher for him at Clyde before Slaughter hired him full time. On the other, he is saying farewell to a close friend.

When Slaughter took over at Sweetwater High School and Llano, Vickers was named to his staff.

“I’ve seen him more than I’ve seen my own wife,” Slaughter said with a chuckle.

But Slaughter knew one day Vickers would become a head coach and athletic director and said he wanted to help him land that opportunity.

“Guys chase opportunities; it’s my job to help them,” he said. “He’s done a great job for a long time. “I’m proud of him. He’s going to do a great job.”

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