Davidson Mourns the Loss of Hall of Fame Coach Charlie Slagle

Charlie Slagle '74 at Davidson Soccer 1992 Team Reunion

Charlie Slagle '74 (left)

Davidson College mourns the loss of former men's soccer player and legendary coach Charlie Slagle '74, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 67.

Memorial Service

Charlie Slagle’s service will be at Davidson College Presbyterian Church (100 N. Main Street) at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 28. Reception to follow in Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building, Davidson College.

A goalkeeper for the Wildcats in the early 1970s, Slagle still holds the single-season record for saves. But it was his tenure as the team's head coach, that earned him an induction into the Davidson Athletics Hall of Fame as he built up the program and brought the team to unexpected heights.

In his 21 seasons as the Wildcats' head coach (1980-2000), Slagle posted a record of 209-202-31, easily the program's all-time winningest coach. His 1992 squad, however, achieved the impossible, reaching the national semifinals and finishing the season ranked 16th in the coaches' poll and 15th by Soccer America.

In addition, Slagle was also instrumental in bringing the NCAA Championship to Davidson, with the event first coming to campus in 1992, merging the two monumental accomplishments. 

Seven times he was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year, twice the Regional Coach of the Year and once -- in that magical 1992 season -- the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year. Davidson won three SoCon regular-season titles and two tournament crowns during his 21 years at the helm.

Slagle also wore many hats for the Wildcats, serving a season as a head coach for women's basketball, golf and baseball.

He is a member of the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame and served as the President of the United Soccer Coaches from January 2017 through January 2018. The United Soccer Coaches is the largest coaching association in the world with over 30,000 members.

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  • July 3, 2019