Linda Slagell is a retired teacher, coach and administrator. She began her professional coaching career with Decatur Public Schools. As a “three sport” coach, she successfully coached High school volleyball, basketball and track and field. During a brief tenure at Effingham High School, her coaching assignment also included the development of their first time softball program. Coaching was supplemental to her high school Social Studies teaching. Coach Slagell became the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Millikin University securing 300+ wins in her 13 seasons before moving to administration at the University. She retired from Millikin after 27 years of service.
Coach Slagell was a “pre Title IX” student. In other words, she never had the opportunity to participate in competitive athletics in high school or college. Her exposure to sports was primarily as a spectator with occasional participation in a 4-H softball game, a pick-up game of basketball in the haymow with her brothers and their friends or at a church picnic volleyball game.
Coach Slagell graduated from Illinois State University in 1973 with a degree in Sociology. She earned her Master of Arts degree in 1980. She had a general career path in mind with goals and timelines, none of which included coaching. And yet, her professional career evolved around teaching and coaching. Providing physical and intellectual challenges, leadership opportunities and a focus on excelling and commitment to excellence, Coach Slagell followed a passion she barely knew she had.