In his three years at Charlotte, the 49ers produced 73 conference champions in sprints, hurdles and relays (16 A-10 titles in 2011) as well as six NCAA All-Region performances and 14 NCAA Championship competitors, including one All-American. Vaught was named the 2009 NCAA Southeast Region Indoor Women's Assistant Coach of the Year.
In 2011, Vaught coached 49er standout Darius Law, one of Charlotte's most prolific student-athletes in the sport of track and field, in his senior season. Law finished 22nd in the 400m dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championship, the fourth and final NCAA appearance of his collegiate career. In addition, Vaught saw Law earn seven Atlantic 10 titles in 2011, bringing his career total to 26 conference championships.
In 2010, Vaught helped Law become the seventh All-American in school history, with a 12th-place effort in the 400m dash at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Law also was the only athlete across the country to qualify for the Men's NCAA Outdoor Championship Finals in both the 200m and 400m during the outdoor season, but only ran the 400-meters at the meet. Five different sprints and hurdles records fell that season under Vaught's direction.
Vaught is a 2001 graduate of Western Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice. While at WCU, he served as team captain of the track squad during his senior season, and earned All-Conference honors in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays and was a member of the 4x400m NCAA Championship qualifying team. His 4x400m unit was victorious in the Olympic Development section of the illustrious Penn Relays in 2001.
While not on the track, Vaught was a member of the Catamount football team. A running back and defensive back by trade, Vaught mastered the concept of being a two-sport athlete by lettering twice in football.
Before his days at WCU, he earned an Associates Degree in Art from Brevard College, where he was a two-time qualifier for the NJCAA Track and Field Championships in the 200m and 400m dash events and the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Vaught was named the Most Valuable Athlete for his outstanding accomplishments at Brevard.
Vaught got his coaching start at his alma mater as a Graduate Assistant. While with the Catamounts, he assisted in coaching 11 All-Southern Conference performers including a pair of 4x400m relay teams. He also worked with six conference champions and a national provisional qualifier.
Following his time at WCU, Vaught moved across the state to Coastal Carolina for four seasons where he was the Assistant Track and Field coach working with sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers. During his four seasons in Conway, S.C., Vaught coached 33 Big South Conference champions. He mentored 30 NCAA Regional
qualifiers, two NCAA All-Americans, and the 2005 Big South Female Athlete of the Year. Vaught's success in the Big South was noticed by track and field power Florida State, and the Seminoles hired Vaught as their recruiting coordinator for the 2006-07 season.
After his four year stint with the Chanticleers, Vaught landed at Florida State where he spent one season as the Seminoles Multi-Event Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. While not helping to pull in top-rated track recruits to Tallahassee, Vaught helped football coach Bobby Bowden as a Speed Development Consultant.
During his time in Tallahassee, he signed three high school national champions and was a member of the coaching staff for the Seminoles ACC, East Regional and National Championship team in 2006.
Following his run at FSU, Vaught opened the P2 Peak Performance Training Center and coached a pair of Olympic Trial automatic qualifiers in the triple jump as well as a 100m and 200m sprinter. He also helped train NFL athletes and NFL rookies in their preparations for the NFL Combine.
A native of Sunset Beach, N.C., Vaught was a two-sport standout at West Brunswick High School, earning All-State and All-Conference honors in football and track and was the team MVP in track. As a senior in 1996, he earned the Eastern North Carolina "Toast of the Coast" Regional Runner of the Year award.
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