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Chris Vaughn
Position: Director of On-Campus Recruiting
Alma Mater: Murray State
Graduating Year: 1998
Phone: 479-575-4309
Chris Vaughn
Courtesy: Razorback Media Relations

In his ninth year on the Arkansas staff, Chris Vaughn is in his fourth season as the recruiting coordinator and his second coaching exclusively safeties.

 

Vaughn spent the 2006 season as the director of on-campus recruiting. His responsibilities included on-campus recruiting efforts, coordinating official visits as well as the hosting of prospects at Razorback football games.

 

Returning to the field, he inherits a group of returning safeties that combined for 211 tackles in 2006. Senior Matt Hewitt had 63 stops last year while senior Kevin Woods had 45 and senior Michael Grant had 41.

 

On the field, Vaughn’s coaching responsibilities have included the outside linebackers (2000-04), and the outside linebackers and strong safeties (2001-03).

 

In 2003, he guided a unit that helped Arkansas finish fifth in the Southeastern Conference in total defense and fourth in passing defense. UA also ranked third in pass efficiency defense.

 

As outside linebackers coach, Vaughn was instrumental in developing Tony Bua into an All-SEC performer. Bua earned All-SEC honors in 2001, ’02 and ’03, and ended his career as Arkansas’ all-time leading tackler with 408 stops before being drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2004.

 

Vaughn began his UA career as a graduate assistant on the 1999 squad, working with the defense. He helped direct a swarming defense that limited Texas to minus-27 yards rushing in a 27-6 Razorback victory in the 2000 Cotton Bowl.

 

In 2001, he helped UA's defense rank second in the Southeastern Conference in the red zone by allowing teams to score 68.3 percent of the time, and third in the league and 30th nationally with a plus-five turnover margin. His two starters, Bua and Caleb Miller, each recorded more than 100 tackles.

 

Vaughn landed his first full-time coaching position less than a week after the Cotton Bowl win over Texas, joining former UA defensive coordinator Keith Burns at Tulsa as the Golden Hurricane’s linebackers coach on Jan. 3, 2000. Vaughn’s tenure at Tulsa, however, lasted less than six weeks. When a full-time slot opened on the Razorback staff, Houston Nutt lured Vaughn back to Fayetteville on Feb. 17, 2000, in time to prepare for spring practice.

 

In 2000, he helped coach a defensive unit which led the SEC and was 12th nationally in total defense by allowing just 292.1 yards per game.

 

Vaughn is a native of Tallahassee, Fla., where he was an all-state linebacker, state wrestling runner-up and 4A state weightlifting champion at Godby High School.

 

The first player with whom Nutt made an in-home visit after his hiring at Murray State in 1994, Vaughn went on to earn four letters as a linebacker at MSU. He played his first three seasons for the Racers under Nutt and was a member of MSU teams that claimed back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference titles and made consecutive NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances in 1995 and 1996. Vaughn earned All-OVC honors as a senior in 1997, totaling 103 tackles, including six quarterback sacks and 10 stops for lost yardage. He earned his bachelor’s degree in advertising with a minor in art from MSU in 1998.

 

Born July 24, 1976, Vaughn is married to the former Marquette Foster and they are the parents of Christopher Matthew Vaughn II (11/2/2001), Cienna Marquette (7/28/2003) and Camryn McNeil (7/28/2005).


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