2013 NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifiers
Timothy Vaught was hired as the associate head men's and women's track & field coach in the fall of 2012. He will serve as the coach for the sprint, jump, hurdle and multi events.
Vaught is not a stranger to the CCU program having served as assistant men's and women's track and field coach from the fall of 2002 to the spring of 2006.
Upon returning to Conway, Vaught helped lead the Chanticleer women to the 2013 Big South Indoor Championship and coached Erica Peake as she earned second-team All-American honors. During the outdoor season, two of the Chants' relay teams under Vaught earned honorable mention All-American status. In addition, Jessica Gelibert was named Big South Freshman of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
While Vaught has seen his athletes receive numerous awards throughout his time in the coaching ranks, and he has received recognition along the way as well. He was named the 2009, 2012 and 2013 Southeast Regional Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year. His teams have made 20 NCAA appearances while winning 21 Conference championships, one Regional Championship and one National Championship.
He has coached 210 All-Conference award winners, 144 Conference Champions and seven All-Americans. He has seen his athletes break 40 conference records and 53 school records. A total of 82 of his athletes have been regional qualifiers while 33 have gone on to be national qualifiers. He has coached 34 USA Championship qualifiers, 17 junior national qualifiers and four Olympic Trials qualifiers.
On the academic side, his teams have received 10 All-Academic awards. He has coached nine Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year and one Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award winner.
Vaught spent the previous four seasons at UNC Charlotte where he was responsible for sprints, hurdles and relays. Prior to UNC Charlotte, 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.
Vaught spent the fall of 2006 to the spring of 2007 at Florida State University where he was the multi coach and recruiting coordinator. When not helping 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.
In his five seasons at Coastal, Vaught has coached 47 Big South Conference champions and mentored 39 NCAA Regional qualifiers, three NCAA All-Americans, and the 2005 and 2013 Big South Female Athletes of the Year.
Vaught is a 2001 graduate of Western Carolina University 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 associate's 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.