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Kathy Slaughter
Head Coach
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PHONE: (615) 547-1318 EMAIL: kslaughter@cumberland.edu
Kathy Slaughter

Former Cumberland player and assistant coach Kathy Palk Slaughter was named head coach of the Bulldog program in January 2015. Palk Slaughter is a longtime high school head coach in the middle Tennessee area.

She served as head coach at three high schools for 12 total seasons, reaching the TSSAA State Tournament five times, including a state runner-up finish in 2011 at Independence. The Eagles placed fourth at the state tourney in her other season at IHS as well. She posted a 69-30 mark in two seasons at Independence.

Palk Slaughter began her head coaching career at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, taking the Patriots from 3-30 to 18-14 in her first season. She spent four years at OHS before beginning the volleyball program at Siegel High School, also in Murfreesboro.

She spent six seasons at Siegel, reaching the state tournament three times, including a 48-15 mark in 2004 and a 52-11 record with a third-place finish at the state tourney in 2005. The Stars also reached the state tournament in 2007.

Palk Slaughter was voted Region 7-AAA Coach of the Year three times at Siegel by the Daily News Journal and earned District 11-AAA Coach of the Year honors once while at Independence.

She began her coaching career as a student assistant at Cumberland while finishing her undergraduate work and spent four years as an assistant coach thereafter. The Bulldogs compiled a 168-47 mark during those five seasons with three TCAC and one Mid-South Conference championship.

Palk Slaughter returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach for one season in 2012 and spent one year as an assistant at Belmont University in 2013. She has coached club volleyball the last four years for Alliance in Franklin, Tenn.

Palk Slaughter was inducted into the Cumberland Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. She was a member of the 1991 TCAC regular season championship team and earned First Team All-TCAC and TCAC All-Tournament honors as well as GTE NAIA National Scholar-Athlete accolades as a senior in 1992. She was also named a TCAC Scholar-Athlete her final three years at CU.

She received her bachelor’s in Education from Cumberland in 1994 and earned a master’s in Education as well from CU in 1996. She and her husband, Chris, a former Cumberland baseball player, have two children – 11-year-old Davey and eight-year-old Hank.

Slaughter's Coaching Career

Year Position School Record Postseason
2013 Assistant Coach Belmont Univ. 19-14  
2012 Assistant Coach Cumberland Univ. 8-26  
2011 Head Coach Independence HS 38-15 TSSAA state runner-up
2010 Head Coach Independence HS 31-15 4th at state tournament
2008 Head Coach Siegel HS    
2007 Head Coach Siegel HS    
2006 Head Coach Siegel HS    
2005 Head Coach Siegel HS 52-11 t3rd at TSSAA State Tournament
2004 Head Coach Siegel HS 48-15 t5th at TSSAA State Tournament
2003 Head Coach Siegel HS    
2002 Head Coach Oakland HS 25-20  
2001 Head Coach Oakland HS 28-21  
2000 Head Coach Oakland HS    
1999 Head Coach Oakland HS 18-14  
1997 Assistant Coach Cumberland Univ. 31-5 Mid-South Conference champions
1996 Assistant Coach Cumberland Univ. 23-15  
1995 Assistant Coach Cumberland Univ. 37-13 TCAC champions
1994 Assistant Coach Cumberland Univ. 39-9 TCAC champions
1993 Student Assistant Cumberland Univ. 38-5 TCAC champions
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