Motlow College has hired former William Jewell College assistant coach Matthew Sligh as its new men’s head basketball coach, according to Tori Raby-Gentry, interim athletic director.
Sligh has spent the previous three seasons as the top assistant with William Jewell, located in Liberty, Mo., and has been instrumental in the success of the Cardinals over that time. During his first season, Sligh helped lead Jewell to a 25-8 record and a berth in the NAIA DI National Tournament. Last year Jewell moved up to the Division II level of NCAA competition and completed a 13-14 record.
“I am humbled, honored, and thankful to be the head men’s basketball coach at Motlow College,” said Sligh. “I would like to thank the Motlow administration for giving me this opportunity. I understand and embrace the program’s basketball success over the past six years and look forward to continuing the focus on academic success and the tradition of excellence.”
Sligh is indeed familiar with Motlow, having recruited multiple former Bucks to play at William Jewell. Mark Mason played at Motlow in 2010 and became an all-conference guard at Jewell. Sligh was also instrumental in landing four players from Motlow following the 2012 season — Ricky Tisdale, Andrew Scofield, John Taylor and Chris Jordon.
“We are very excited to have a coach of Matt’s caliber to take over our men’s basketball program,” said Raby-Gentry. “Matt has proven himself to be an outstanding recruiter at William Jewell. He is familiar with Motlow and the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association, and he knows the quality of player it takes to win in this league.”
For more on Motlow’s new coach, see the complete story in the July 25 edition of The Moore County News. Click here to subscribe to The News print and/or online editions.
By C. SCOTT SHASTEEN, Motlow College Sports Information