Former NFL assistant and long-time college assistant coach Shawn
Slocum was named Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/
Outside Linebackers Coach at Arizona State University in March 2015.
"Shawn has 25 years of coaching experience to his credit,
with almost all of that coming at the elite college level," ASU head
coach Todd Graham said when he announced Slocum’s appointment.
“We have enjoyed a high level of success, both offensively and
defensively and I have wanted to take our special teams play to a
championship level. Shawn comes from a football family and he has
coached and recruited at the highest competitive level."
The Sun Devil special teams had numerous accomplishments
in Slocum’s first season overseeing the units. Placekicker Zane
Gonzalez continued to be among the best in the country as he
finished the season second in the nation in field goals per game
(2.0) and 10th in scoring (10.0 ppg). Also turning in a standout
season was kick returner Tim White, who finished second in the
Pac-12 in kick return average (27.0). In addition, White was one of
only five Pac-12 players to return a kickoff for a touchdown in 2015
and his 210 combined punt/kickoff return yards vs. West Virginia
in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl were the most in a game by a Pac-12
player last season.
Slocum’s coaching also helped Sun Devil linebacker Antonio
Longino post an outstanding senior campaign that culminated with
Longino earning Pac-12 Honorable Mention recognition. A two-time
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week in 2015, Longino led the
Pac-12 with 22.5 tackles for and 11 sacks, and ranked 3rd in the
FBS in tackles for loss and 11th in sacks. His 22.5 tackles for loss
ranked as the sixth-highest single-season total in school history
Slocum started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant
at Texas A&M, under his father R.C. Slocum. In 1990, he served
as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh, where
he coached the defense. He returned to Texas A&M, coaching
tight ends, linebackers, and special teams, from 1991 to 1997.
From 1991 to 1993, Slocum helped the Aggies win three straight
Southwest Conference championships. Between 1994-97, he
coached two all-Americans – Shane Lechler and Lombardi Award
winner Dat Nguyen – who both went on to play in the NFL.
During his seven-season coaching tenure at A&M, he was
part of a staff that led the Aggies to five bowl games, including
four Cotton Bowl Classic appearances. Texas A&M’s record was
94-28-2 from 1991–1997. The 94 wins were the sixth-most in the
country and also the most wins by any Texas Division I school in
From 1998-1999, Slocum coached at the University of Southern
California, where he tutored Butkus Award winner Chris Claiborne,
Zeke Moreno, and Markus Steele. He returned to A&M again and
coached the secondary and special teams from 2000-02. In 2005,
he became assistant head coach and linebacker coach at Ole Miss,
where he coached star linebacker Patrick Willis.
On February 6, 2006, Slocum joined the Green Bay Packers,
becoming the assistant special teams coach. He was promoted to
special teams coordinator in 2009. During his time in Green Bay the
Packers won Super Bowl XLV in 2010, 31-25 over the Pittsburgh
Steelers in Arlington, Texas. The Packers also claimed five division
championships (2007, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014), played in
three NFC Championship games (winning one, 2010) and appeared
in the NFL Playoffs seven times (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,
2013 and 2014). Slocum also was invited to coach in three Pro
Shawn’s father, R.C. Slocum, was head coach for Texas A&M
from 1989 to 2002 and is the winningest coach in Texas A&M
Born in Monticello, Arkansas, on February 21, 1965, Slocum
graduated from Bryan High School in Bryan, Texas, in 1983 and
attended Texas A&M University, where he played football as a
linebacker. Slocum earned one letter with the team in 1984. He
graduated with a B.S. in construction management degree in 1987
from the Texas A&M College of Architecture.
Slocum is currently married to the former Michelle Biehl and the
couple has four children.
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