CONWAY - Coastal Carolina Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Alan Connie has named Timothy Vaught associate head men's and women's track & field coach. Vaught was most recently the associate head track and field coach at UNC Charlotte. He 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.
Vaught will coach the men and women in the sprint, jump, hurdle and multi events.
"We are thrilled to have coach Vaught back with us," said Connie. "In his four years with us from 2002-2006, he was a key part of the coaching staff that saw our CCU teams win seven Big South Championships. He has had great success since then at Florida State and UNC Charlotte. He has been recognized as a two-time Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year. We are all excited for the future of our track and field teams and for the coaching expertise and professionalism that Coach Vaught brings back to Coastal Carolina University."
Throughout his time in the coaching ranks Vaught has seen his athletes receive numerous awards and he has also received some recognition along the way. He was named the 2009 and 2012 Southeast Regional Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year. His teams have made 12 NCAA appearances while winning 20 Conference championships, one Regional Championship and one National Championship.
"We are very fortunate to have coach Vaught back on our track & field staff," said Men's Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach Jeff Jacobs. "He has enjoyed tremendous success everywhere he has been since leaving Coastal Carolina University to go to Florida State in 2006. He will be an integral part of the championship vision for our program going forward."
He has coached 201 All-Conference award winners, 118 Conference Champions and six All-Americans. He has seen his athletes break 34 conference records and 41 school records. Sixty-seven of his athletes have been regional qualifiers while 22 have gone on to be national qualifiers. He has coached 32 USA Championship 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 has spent the past 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 four seasons at Coastal, 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 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.