Aug. 24, 2006
Florida State Track and Field Coach Bob Braman has announced the hiring of Timothy Vaught as an assistant coach for the Seminoles. Vaught will serve as recruiting coordinator for both the men’s and women’s track and field programs and will coach multi-events while assisting with sprints and jumps as well.
“We are really excited to have Tim join our staff,” Braman said. “He’s a highly-respected coach who helped build Coastal Carolina into conference champions in a very short period of time. Tim is one of the bright up-and-coming coaches in our profession and I know he will help us land the top recruits in the country.”
Vaught comes to Florida State after four seasons as the assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach at Coastal Carolina University, where he worked with the sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers. During his time at Coastal, Vaught coached numerous athletes to all-conference and NCAA Southeast Regional qualifying honors. Additionally, more than 15 new school records were set during his tenure.
While at Coastal, Vaught helped produce nearly 50 All-Big South Conference performers in both men and women’s 4 x 1’s and 4×4’s and trained four national qualifiers and two All Americans. He also had three athletes that received the Scholar Athlete of the Year Award. Vaught coached the Big South Female Athlete of the Year in 2005.
Vaught spent the 2001-02 season at Western Carolina as a graduate assistant with both the men’s and women’s track programs. During his time with the Catamounts, he helped coach 11 All-Southern Conference performers, including one 4×100 and two 4×400 relay squads. He also worked with six conference champions, one of which was a national provisional qualifier. Additionally, his team posted seven school records and two SoCon records.
A 2001 graduate of Western Carolina, Vaught earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in criminal justice. As a member of the track team, he served as team captain as senior and earned All-Conference honors in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays and was part of the Catamounts’ 4×400 NCAA Championship qualifying relay team. Additionally, his 4×400 team won the Olympic Development section at the Penn Relays in 2001 and set a new school record in the event. He also lettered twice in football at WCU, both as a running back and defensive back.
Prior to attending WCU, Vaught attended Brevard College, getting his associates in arts degree in 1999. He was a two-time qualifier for the NJCAA Track and Field Championships in four different events, the 200 and 400 meter dashes and the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. He was named team captain his final year at Brevard and also earned the Most Valuable Athlete award there.
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. During his high school career, he qualified in five different events for the state track meet, while also being a part of two consecutive state football titles.
Vaught is USA Track and Field Level I certified and a member of the United States Coaches Association.