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Riverside's Sloan accepts Appalachian State coaching position
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For 14 of his 18 years coaching, Riverside Military Academy football coach Scot Sloan was in the college ranks.
It was announced Thursday that he’d be returning.

Sloan, who also served as Riverside’s athletic director, accepted a position as the defensive backs coordinator with the Appalachain State Mountaineer football program in Boone, N.C.

He will begin employment with the university Monday.

“My family and I have been talking about it and praying about it and (the opportunity) really just fell in my lap,” Sloan said.
“The (Appalachian) defensive backs coach left to go to East Carolina and I was their first call.”

Prior to becoming the head coach at Riverside, Sloan coached at Clemson, Georgia Military College and Georgia Southern.
In his only year at the helm of the Eagles, the team finished 5-6 and made the state playoffs where they lost in the first round to Callaway.

Sloan will travel to Boone on Sunday because winter workouts begin at 6 a.m. Monday morning.

The team is 12 days away from going on the field for the first spring practice.

“We will miss Scot’s leadership and presence here at Riverside, but are very thankful that his talents have been recognized by those at the collegiate level,” said Riverside President, Dr. Jim Benson Col., USMC (Ret.).

“Scot leaves with our best wishes for his continued success in the rewarding field of athletics.”

“It was a blessing for me that Col. Benson was as excited and supportive as he was for my opportunity,” Sloan said. “He said it was a no-brainer for me and I am so appreciative for his support, not only through this, but in my time at Riverside.”

The Mountaineer football team won the 2005, 2006 and 2007 NCAA Division I FCS national championships and will begin the 2010 season Sept. 4 at Chattanooga.

“I really like the seriousness at the college level,” Sloan said. “There’s a different kind of commitment from the players and the coaches.

“These guys have a job to do and if they don’t do it, they get fired,” he added. “I have to admit that there’s also a certain excitement of Saturday afternoon, playing in front of 30-31,000 on ESPN.”

Effective immediately, coach Chris Cotter will serve as Riverside’s interim athletic director as the interviewing process begins and a new director is named.