Episode 88: Andrew Slater
Andrew Slater joins us for the podcast today. Andrew is the Head Baseball Coach at The Collegiate School. Paul and Andrew have known each other since they were both at St. Christopher’s though Paul is a few years older. Andrew attended St. Christopher’s through 6th grade and then went to Collegiate where he graduated in 1996.
Andrew talks about getting a football scholarship to the University of Richmond where he also played baseball. He tells us how his life changed when he suffered a back injury at the end of his freshman year. He left UofR and headed to Auburn University where his brother Tom was a baseball coach. Andrew played baseball for two years at Auburn and spent a third year there as a student assistant coach and he said this is when he really developed a passion for coaching. He then went onto coach baseball at VMI and then Western Kentucky. In 2008, Andrew and his wife Samantha decided it was time to move back to Virginia and that’s when he started at Collegiate.
Paul and Andrew also discussed how Andrew believes it is important that kids play multiple sports when they are growing up. They discussed his baseball journey as a player and a coach and how Collegiate won a State Championship in 2016. Andrew talked about his other duties at Collegiate (he’s busy,) his dad’s work ethic and 1 on 1 basketball games with his big brother. Andrew finished by talking about Samantha and their three boys … Will (16), Jake (13) and Sam (11.)