ASU adds Slocum as special teams coordinator

In an effort to improve special teams play, his No. 1 offseason initiative, Arizona State coach Todd Graham announced Wednesday that he will add former NFL Special Teams coach Shawn Slocum to his staff as Associate Head Coach and special teams coordinator as well as outside linebackers coach

Slocum, 50, will replace Senior Associate Head Coach Paul Randolph, who will be transitioning to a new administrative role within the ASU athletic department as Associate Athletics Director for Championship Life under the leadership of Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Development, Jean Boyd.

Slocum coached special teams for the Green Bay Packers from 2006 through the conclusion of the 2014 season, coordinating the units from 2009-14, and was reportedly relieved of his duties in that capacity in January. Prior to coaching in the NFL, Slocum had college stops at Texas A&M, Pitt, Ole Miss and USC. He's extensively recruited Texas and Louisiana and has extensive roots in Southern California.

"Shawn has 25 years of coaching experience to his credit, with almost all of that coming at the elite college level," says Graham. “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. This hire accomplishes that. Shawn comes from a football family and he has coached and recruited at the highest competitive level. Shawn's addition will further complement the fine staff that we already have in place. This is the best coaching staff I have ever had as a head coach."

Slocum is the son of former Texas A&M head coach R.C. Slocum and has extensive experience coaching linebackers and tight ends, including a number of high profile former college stars including Shane Lechler, Lombardi Award winner Dat Nguyen, Butkus Award Winner Chris Claiborne, Zeke Moreno, Markus Steele and Patrick Willis.

“I am looking forward to working with Coach Graham,” Slocum said.. “I have followed his teams and success for a long period of time. I’m very impressed with the success of the Sun Devil football program. I am looking forward to bringing my family to Tempe and the ASU community and to competing for national championships at ASU.”

As a member of the Packers staff, Slocum was part of a franchise that won a Super Bowl in 2010 and five division titles (2007, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014). He also coached in three Pro Bowls.

Randolph expressed his passion for being at ASU in the new capacity in a press release issued by the program.

“Anyone who knows me knows that for me it’s always been about the student-athletes,” Randolph said. “I am interested in developing young people, just like people did for me when I was young. My goal has always been to help young people reach their goals and fulfill their dreams. I’ve always done that as a coach and now I get to do it on a much larger scope. It has always been my purpose to help student-athletes improve themselves for a Championship Life. I’m excited about it, no doubt. I am very grateful to the administration in Sun Devil Athletics for allowing me to continue this quest while at ASU. My family and I love being Sun Devils."

Randolph has been closely associated with Graham for the entirety of his head coaching career.

"We couldn't have accomplished a record like that (back to back 10 win seasons) without people like Paul on the staff," Graham said. " Paul is perhaps the finest person I know and he stands for all of the principles that we teach to our players. Those qualities will serve him well as he pursues a career in college administration.”

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