With over 20 years of experience as a player and member of the coaching staff at UC Davis, Matt Vaughn was named head coach of the Aggies in August 2011.
Vaughn completed his third season at the helm of his alma mater and 22nd overall with the program in 2014.
The former pitching coach proved he could work just as well with hitters and the Aggies boasted the third best batting average in the Big West, hitting .283 over 56 games. UC Davis also had the third best on-base percentage (.359) and the third most doubles (95) in the conference and ranked No. 4 in runs scored (297). Despite all the firepower at the plate, Vaughn also instilled a great sense of patience in his hitters, as the Aggies struck out just 271 times, the fewest in the league.
After graduating seven pitchers, including all three weekend starters, following the 2012 season, Vaughn gave innings to five freshman arms in 2013. Redshirt freshman Max Cordy recorded six saves as the teams' closer while Spencer Henderson, Jordan Lazor, Dan Gallagher and Zach Williams also saw time out of the bullpen.
While the Aggies didn't advance to the postseason in 2013, Vaughn's tenure on the coaching staff has included two trips to the Division II College World Series (1995 and 2003) and one to the Division I postseason (2008).
In his time on the coaching staff at UC Davis, Vaughn has mentored 37 players who have gone on to sign professional contracts, including 15 pitchers. Ten Aggies have earned a total of 12 All-America honors and three have been named West Region Pitchers of the Year. In 2004, one of his protegés - Michael Potter - captured California Collegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year honors. In Vaughn's tenure as pitching coach, five of his ptichers have been selected as conference pitcher of the year.
Vaughn has coached some of the best pitchers in UC Davis history. Under his guidance, two-time All-American Justin Reid posted a 1.82 ERA as a sophomore - the program's lowest in 26 years - then struck out a school record 125 batters his junior year. Reid was inducted into the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame in June of 2010. Reid joins Dave McKae, Justin Fitzgerald, and Andy Suiter as one of several Vaughn protegés whose names are scattered throughout the UC Davis record books.
In 1997, in a national setting, Vaughn was one of six coaches named to the USA Baseball support staff for its 1997 National Team Trials in Tampa, Fla., where he assisted in player evaluation and development. Internationally, Vaughn spent two summers working for Major League Baseball International in Europe. In the summer of 1992, he served as a baseball envoy to Czechoslovakia and Poland. Then in 1994, he was the pitching coach for the Great Britain National Team as they played in the European "B" Pool Championships.
Vaughn pitched for the Aggies from 1989-92, winning nine games while starting 26 and relieving in 11 others. He was an honorable mention All-NCAC selection his senior year and won his last four decisions as an Aggie, including his final three starts.
Vaughn graduated from UC Davis in 1992 with a degree in biological sciences. He received his master's degree in management from National University in 1999. He and his wife, Dana, were married on New Year's Eve in 1998. They have a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Casey.