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Our 2024 Distinguished Alumni Honorees are Tom McCoy '74 and Matt Slater '03

Tom McCoy '74 grew up in Fullerton as one of eleven children born to Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen McCoy. The McCoy family was active in the Servite and Rosary communities in a variety of ways. While a student at Servite, Tom excelled in water polo and theater.

Tom and his wife Cathy Rigby are the Executive Producers of McCoy Rigby Entertainment (MRE), one of the world’s premier theatrical production companies, celebrating their 30th anniversary season at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. MRE has produced over one hundred musicals, plays, and concerts featuring some of the biggest stars in the industry today. In addition, MRE has launched several Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated Broadway, international, and national touring productions including: Peter Pan, Seussical the Musical, and Annie Get Your Gun, all starring Cathy Rigby; Frank Wildhorn’s Jekyll and Hyde starring American Idol contender and Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis along with Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox; Jesus Christ Superstar starring Carl Anderson and Sebastian Bach; Camelot starring Michael York and Lou Diamond Phillips and Happy Days written by Gary Marshall and Paul Williams.

Matthew Slater '03 was born on September 9th, 1985, in Baldwin Park, California. Matt has had a storied career with the New England Patriots in the NFL. Slater's father, Jackie Slater, is a former LA Rams and NFL Hall of Fame offensive lineman.

During his senior year at Servite, he caught 39 passes for 707 yards and five touchdowns. Slater was also a standout track athlete. He tied for second at the CIF State meet in the 100 meters, with a time of 10.62 seconds, and fourth in the 200 meters, with a time of 21.39 seconds. Slater's 4 × 100 meters relay team was the CIF champion. He was selected as the 2003 Orange County Register Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year as a senior.

After graduating, he attended UCLA and was named the first-team All-Pacific-10 conference team as the kick returner and named to's All-America Team as a kick returner.  

In 2008, Slater was drafted to the New England Patriots.  A special teams player for most of his career, Slater is considered one of the NFL's greatest gunners. He holds the record for special teams Pro Bowl selections at 10, in addition to five first-team All-Pros. Slater also won three Super Bowl titles in Super Bowl XLIX, Super Bowl LI, and Super Bowl LIII.

In 2021, Matthew received the NFL's Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. The Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award is given to the player "who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition," per the NFL.