Chad Slyter steps down as softball coach

Jul 23rd, 2013 @ 5:09 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
Valley City State University softball coach Chad Slyter resigned this week to take a job at Oak Grove Schools in Fargo, bringing to a close his 10-year career as head coach of the Vikings.

"We thank Chad for his hard work and dedication to Valley City State University and the softball program over the past 10 years," athletic director Jack Denholm said. "His teams were the model of consistency, delivering several 20-plus win seasons on the field, and an outstanding GPA off the field."

Slyter posted a 206-213 record during his 10 years in the dugout, including six straight 20-win seasons from 2006 to 2012. He leaves Viking softball as the program's all-time wins leader.

In 2006, Slyter's squad won a school-record 36 games, won the Region III Championship and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament for just the second time in school history. His teams and players set more than 30 team and individual records.

"I would like to thank Valley City State University, President Dr. Shirley, Jack Denholm as well as former President Dr. Chaffee and former athletic directors B.J. Pumroy, Doug Peters and Don Bauer for their work and effort in helping take the softball program to a highly competitive level," said Slyter.
 
"I have had the honor and pleasure to work with great assistant coaches and many outstanding student-athletes along the way, and I feel fortunate to have had the success that we have had in our program. On and off the field the members of Viking Softball excelled and exceeded expectations in my 10 seasons as the coach and they have set the bar high for the future of the program."

Slyter has accepted a job teaching business education at Fargo Oak Grove High School and will take over as head softball coach at Fargo Shanley High School.

Denholm said a search for Slyter's replacement will begin immediately.