Women's Cross Country, Track & Field
Vaught Hired as Women's Assistant Track and Field Coach

Three-time USTFCCCA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year Tim Vaught joins the Illinois coaching staff.
Three-time USTFCCCA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year Tim Vaught joins the Illinois coaching staff.

Jan. 8, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- University of Illinois women's track and field head coach Ron Garner has announced the hiring of Tim Vaught as an assistant coach. Vaught comes 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.

"I'm very excited to add Tim Vaught to the staff," said Garner. "Tim brings a tremendous amount of experience and success with him. In his 13 years of coaching, he's been a part of 20 conference titles and one national championship. We're very fortunate to get someone like him to come in and help us build a championship program."

"I'm super excited to be here," said Vaught. "When I came for my interview I was extremely excited about the history of the university, and how successful the women's program has been. That was my main attraction. I feel like this is a program that can definitely be back the top-three in the nation. I can't wait to develop the program and become a nationally ranked team."

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.

"Other people have recognized his success," said Garner. "He's a three-time USTFCCCA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year, and that's voted on by your peers. Tim's committed to making Illinois a championship program, not just in the conference, but at a national level."

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.

"Our current staff has been a part of over 60 conference titles, between myself, Scott Jones, and Tim," said Garner. "We feel that Tim is the next part of building this program. One of the things that distinguishes him is that he's won a national championship. He's dealt with the high level athlete, and has been a part of a championship team. Not only can he identify talent, but he can work with athletes of all levels. At Coastal Carolina, he had a female athlete that transferred from another school that he felt was not running to her full potential. After working with Tim for a short period of time, she improved her 200-meter time from 26.2 to 23.4, which was ninth in the nation."

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.