I know coaches are not supposed to have favorites, but when you coach for a long time it’s hard not to remember a few that had something special that bring back fond memories when you think about them. Marc Slayton is one of those.
I had the privilege of being one of Marc’s coaches when he was playing for the Warriors. Marc was a 1986 graduate that played both football and basketball for Del Norte. While he performed in basketball, football is where he shined. He had that great attitude where he was willing to do whatever he could to help and was an excellent defensive back. At the start of his junior year we were struggling at the quarterback position and Marc stepped in and did a great job until we recognized that Blaine Lopez, the junior varsity QB, should be playing varsity. This allowed us to play Marc where he liked to be and where he belonged. After graduation Marc went to the College of the Redwoods in Eureka where he had a standout career as a defensive back. He was a sure tackler that was effective against both the run and the pass. After C.R. he enrolled at Humboldt State where he graduated and received his teaching credential.
He then spent four years working as a defensive coach for the Eureka Loggers. We forgive him for this. When he left Eureka he returned to Del Norte where he served as an assistant for coaches Lewis Nova and Tony Fabricius.
He is now coaching defensive backs and running backs for Del Norte Coach Bob Hadfield. This is great as Marc always brings a lot of enthusiasm to the gridiron. Marc is a physical education teacher at the high school.
At different times he has coached in both the youth basketball and baseball programs. Marc and wife Megan have three children. He says one of his great joys now is being able to just stand on the sideline and watch his son play youth football. Marc also spent some time as the Warriors varsity girls basketball coach where he developed very competitive teams. The Warrior family really appreciates his time and dedication.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.