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Coaching kudos for Santa Fe’s Slaughter

Brad Slaughter was recognized as the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee’s 2024 Don Meyer Award winner for Class 1A after leading Santa Fe to a berth in the state tournament semifinals. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Santa Fe’s Brad Slaughter was recognized this weekend by the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee, which honored him with its Class 1A Don Meyer Award, presented annually to the organization’s coach of the year.

In his sixth season at the helm of his alma mater, Slaughter led the Wildcats to their inaugural TSSAA state tournament appearance and their first-ever state tourney victory, as they edged North Greene 53-50 in the quarterfinals before falling 63-51 to eventual champion Chattanooga Prep in the semifinals to complete a 26-6 campaign.

The award was presented to Slaughter during the BCAT Court of Honor brunch Saturday at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, when the organization also inducted its 2024 Hall of Fame class prior to its all-star games.

Other 2024 Don Meyer Award – in honor of the longtime Lipscomb University coach – recipients were Alcoa’s Ryan Collins (Class 2A), Upperman’s Bobby McWillilams (Class 3A), Cookeville’s Josh Heard (Class 4A), Providence Christian’s Kerry Hammonds Jr. (Division II-A) and Briarcrest’s John Harrington (Division II-AA).

Pat Summitt Awards were presented to the state’s top girls coaches – Bradley Central’s Jason Reuter (Class 4A), Maryville Heritage’s Ricky Howard (Class 3A), Gibson County’s Mitch Wilkins (Class 2A), Moore County’s Chad Spencer (Class 1A), University School of Jackson’s Joel Ayers (Division II-A) and Knoxville Catholic’s Travis Mains (Division II-AA).

BCAT Hall of Fame inductees were former Shelbyville and Middle Tennessee Christian girls coach Lynn Burkey, ex-Knoxville Catholic girls coach Shelley Collier, longtime Gallatin boys coach Bobby Luna and the Union City father/son tandem of Marty and Shane Sisco.