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Matt Sligh leaves Motlow to become an assistant coach at Missouri State

Posted on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 9:05 am

Former Motlow coach Matt Sligh (File Photo)

Former Motlow coach Matt Sligh (File Photo)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — After two successful seasons as men’s head basketball coach at Motlow College, Matt Sligh left to become an assistant coach at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

Sligh was hired at Motlow during the summer of 2013 after former Motlow head coach Jerry Nichols accepted the head coaching position at fellow Tennessee Community College Athletic Association member Southwest Tennessee. Sligh had spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and had recruited multiple Motlow players to WJC.

He became the 11th coach for the Bucks since the school began playing men’s basketball in 1969, and inherited one of the nation’s most successful junior/community college programs over the previous half-dozen years. Sligh has upheld that winning tradition, following a 14-14 campaign in his first season with last year’s 23-6 team that finished second in the conference during the regular season and advanced to the semifinals of the TCCAA tournament.

“I am thankful for the opportunity President Apple and Athletic Director Tori Raby-Gentry gave me at Motlow College,” said Sligh. “I appreciate the young men who allowed me to coach them over the past two seasons, and for my volunteer coaches who sacrificed so much for the good of our players. We have been blessed by many in the college and local community who supported our student-athletes through numerous ways to enable us to achieve success both on and off the court.”

If all or most of Motlow’s freshman return for their sophomore season, then the 12th head coach in program history will inherit a quality roster that should once again compete for the conference title. Among the returning players is Jaylen Barford, who had one of the greatest freshman seasons in school history, averaged over 20 points per game and was named an All-American, and Terry Holt, who averaged over 10 points and five rebounds per contest.