In his first season at Illinois, Vaught guided senior Jesica Ejesieme (400m hurdles) to second-team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He also coached three hurdlers into the finals of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, as well as two at the indoor conference championships. He also qualified five athletes to the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championships and led the shuttle hurdle relay team (Ejesieme, Kawanna Brooks, Mobolaji Adeokun, Samone Thompson) to a runner-up finish at the Drake Relays.
Vaught came to Illinois from Coastal Carolina University, where he served as the Associate Head Coach of the men's and women's track and field programs for the 2013 season. Vaught's impact at Coastal Carolina was immediate, as he was named the 2013 Southeast Region Women's Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year.
Prior to his stint at Coastal Carolina, Vaught spent five years as the Associate Head Coach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During his time in Charlotte, Vaught guided the men's and women's teams to 11 A-10 Conference Championships and coached 70 conference champions. Vaught was named the Southeast Region Women's Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2012.
Before his time at UNC Charlotte, Vaught spent one year as the Assistant Track and Field Coach at Florida State University. There, he guided the men's team to an outdoor national championship, an indoor national runner-up finish, and two conference championships. As the Head Recruiting Coordinator, Vaught signed three high school national champions.
Vaught served as an assistant track and field coach at Coastal Carolina from 2002-2006. During his combined five years at Coastal Carolina, Vaught guided the program to five outdoor conference championships and the women's team to three indoor conference championships. Under his guidance, 26 school records and 20 Big South Conference records were broken, and 52 athletes were crowned conference champions. Vaught began his career as a Graduate Assistant at Western Carolina University.
A 2001 graduate of Western Carolina University with a bachelor's degree in sociology, Vaught was the team captain of the track and field team. He was a member of the conference champion 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams, and holds the school record in the 4x400m and sprint medley relays. Vaught was also a member of the football team, and lettered as both a running back and defensive back.
Updated July 2014