Courtesy of Clark Atlanta University
Clark Atlanta University’s Head Football Coach Willie Slater was relieved of his duties effective immediately.
The decision comes after an evaluation of unresolved challenges that the CAU football team has experienced during the 2023 season. Many opportunities to make impactful changes were explored with minimal success. This decision was not made lightly, a great deal of time was spent in thought and in discussions with people who love our university, students, faculty, alumni, leadership, and Coach Slater.
We appreciate Coach Slater for his dedication and contributions to CAU’s football program. There is no doubt that Coach Slater has had a tremendous impact on our institution, and we are grateful to him for his support and hard work during his tenure. However, as a university, we have an obligation to provide the best opportunities possible for our students which is the basis of the decision.
In the days ahead, the CAU Administration under the guidance of CAU Athletics and the leadership of
Dr. Jerel Drew, the University’s Athletic Director, will announce the strategy for the remainder of this football season. The university encourages the CAU family to rally around our scholar athletes in our football program as well as the leadership team as they strategically plan for the remainder of the season. As always, the welfare of our students is paramount, and we will move forward expeditiously to make the necessary reforms.