With her 500th game under her belt, softball coach Angela Slater is nowhere near retirement.
Slater has been coaching for 28 years. With a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of South Florida, she started her career at Brandon High School, staying there for 13 years before moving to Riverview High.
Her philosophy on coaching in simple: teamwork. “It takes everyone contributing to truly be successful and every player can participate, regardless of ability,” said Slater. “Each athlete has the opportunity to reach their full potential. When they get knocked down, they need to dust off, learn from it and move forward.”
Her passion for coaching and love for the sport is shown to her students every day. “Angela is a great role model demonstrating that hard work pays off. Coach Slater puts 100 percent effort into every game and practice. If you came to a Riverview High School game and there was no visible score on the board, you wouldn’t be able to tell if we were up by 10, down by 10, or tied in the seventh inning because she coaches every minute of every game,” said Bob Heilmann, school principal.
“Softball like baseball is a game of failure, you have to have thick skin and short memories,” Slater said.
When she does retire, her plans include catching up with former players to see how they are doing.