Chad Slyter enters his tenth season as the head coach of Viking Softball. A native of Dunseith, N.D. and a 1995 graduate of Valley City State University, Slyter was named the 2011 Dakota Athletic Conference Coach of the year.
In nine years Slyter has amassed an overall record of 196-187. On April 25, 2010 with a 3-2 victory over Jamestown College, Slyter won game 165, passing Linda Roberts to post the most wins in Viking Softball history. Under Slyter, the Vikings have posted the top five single season win totals in Valley City State University Softball history; 2006 (36), 2012 (26), 2008 (25), 2007 (25) and 2010 (23).
The Vikings finished the 2012 season with a 26-20 overall record. The 20 wins marks the sixth straight twenty win season, a record for most consecutive 20 win seasons at Valley City State.
In 2006, Slyter coached the Vikings to a record 36 wins, a Region III Championship and a NAIA National Tournament Berth. Under Slyter, the Viking Softball teams have broken or reset over 30 individual and team records.
Slyter has coached sixteen Dakota Athletic Conference All Conference Players, two Association of Independent Institutions All Conference Players, a Dakota Athletic Conference Player of the Year, two All Region III selections and an Honorable Mention All-American.
Academically, the Viking Softball team has averaged a grade point average of 3.30. During that time, 77 Vikings have been selected Dakota Athletic Conference Scholar Athletes (3.25 GPA or higher) and twenty three Vikings have been NAIA Scholar Athletes (3.65 GPA or higher).
With a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.547 in the 2008-2009 academic year, the Vikings were recognized by the NFCA as the fifth ranked team in the NAIA for overall GPA and received the Girls Got Game Team GPA Award. Over the past four years, the Viking Softball team has been in the Top 20 of team GPA for NAIA teams nationally.
Slyter was an assistant coach for a team of USA athletes, including two VCSU Vikings, that participated in the Blacktowne Challenge in Sydney, Australia in June of 2010. That team posted a perfect 6-0 record on their way to winning the championship. In July of 2008, Slyter coached a team of USA athletes, including three VCSU Vikings to a 3-2 record and a series win in the Spanish Softball Series versus the Spanish Under 22 National Team. In the summer of 2006, Slyter also coached a team of U.S. athletes with four VCSU Vikings to a 5-1 record in the Belgium Open Friendship tour in Belgium and Holland.
Slyter received his Masters Degree in Sport Psychology from Capella University in 2007 and is also an Instructor of Psychology at Valley City State University.